Investigators dig for evidence in missing Florida Lottery winner case
Investigators assembled at a Plant City, Fla., home, to look for evidence that the dramatic saga of a missing lottery winner ended in his murder.
Law enforcement officials from Hillsborough and Polk counties converged on two neighboring yards along Highway 60 near Farkas Road, just west of Turkey Creek Road.
Detectives with metal detectors are combing the scene, looking for evidence in connection with the case of long-missing lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare.
The dig marks yet another t ...
Jan 27, 2010, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida sheriff fears lottery winner murdered
A truck driver's assistant who won $16.9 million in the Florida lottery in 2006 is feared dead after not being seen by friends or relatives since April. Abraham Lee Shakespeare, 43, was reported missing by a police informant in November.
There are a lot of odd and bizarre circumstances in this case, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. We fear and are preparing for the worst. We're working this case as if it were a homicide.
Donna Wood, public information officer for the Polk County Sher ...
Jan 6, 2010, 5:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball helps Florida Lottery cover losses
Since the multi-state lottery game Powerball arrived in Florida a year ago, people have bought more than $430 million in tickets. But even that couldn't stop overall lottery revenue in 2009 from dropping 3 percent compared with the year before.
Lottery sales, which are usually immune from recessions, have taken a hit during the downturn. Sales have plummeted nearly $300 million since the lottery's high-water mark in 2008. It's the first significant drop since 1995.
But without the Powerbal ...
Jan 6, 2010, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery Raffle drawing crowns 9 new millionaires
One million Florida Lottery tickets had a shot at winning $1 million, and nine of those are officially chosen as the big winners.
Lottery players anxiously waiting to see if they are now among the wealthy can check their tickets at Lottery Post's Florida Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/fl).
With only 1 million tickets available for the raffle, Florida lottery ticket buyers had a better chance of winning a million dollars than with any other game offered in the state. The ...
Dec 31, 2009, 3:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Fla. woman faces eviction after lottery-winning husband disappears
Two years after discovering her husband hid the fact he won the Florida Lottery, Donna Campbell is being evicted
Donna Campbell of Miramar wants to serve her husband with divorce papers. But she can't find the guy.
The two have been on tense terms since 2007 when the former Caribbean beauty queen made headlines after going public with their marital drama. Her husband, Arnim Ramdass, was a part of a pool of American Airlines mechanics in Miami who won a $19 million Florida Lotto jackpot.
Dec 16, 2009, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Jacksonville man wins lottery jackpot - again
A Jacksonville man bought a winning $1 million scratch-off lottery ticket Saturday six years after claiming a $250,000 prize from another game.
Persistence pays off, Robert Myers, 51, said in a statement released Monday by the Florida Lottery.
As to the obvious question: Oh yes, I will continue to play.
In fact, lottery officials said he was back at it again Sunday, playing Billion Dollar Blockbuster, the $20-a-ticket game he had just won.
Myers couldn't be reached by phone Monday. ...
Oct 13, 2009, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Frequent lottery wins by retailers investigated
In this 2-part video report, MSNBC revealed the findings of their investigation, in which the most frequent lottery winners were almost always retailers.
To view the report, please click on Part 1 of the report below. When Part 1 has finished playing, continue by clicking Part 2 of the report.
Oct 2, 2009, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Young lottery winner stakes hopes on Wrestling show
The youngest Powerball winner ever has packed up his millions and moved to Tampa Bay, fulfilling his dream of working in the wrestling business with a wild new TV show.
Combine beautiful women, professional wrestling, and part of a $17 million lottery payout, then stir and you get the new TV show Wrestlicious .
MAD TV + the WWE + Baywatch + Dave Chappelle = Wrestlicious, explained Powerball winner Jay Vargas, who's helping finance the show with his lottery loot.
Videos of the show post ...
Sep 18, 2009, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery vending machines rolled out across Florida
Scratch-off Florida Lottery tickets are one of the quickest, easiest ways for gamblers to take a chance at riches and, for the most part, come up empty.
But sometimes demand can create lottery bottlenecks at places such as your neighborhood Publix customer service counter.
That's why state leaders are making the instant gratification of scratch-off tickets even more instant installing 1,000 ticket vending machines at lottery retailers across Florida, primarily supermarkets.
''It helps b ...
Sep 8, 2009, 9:08 am - Lottery News forum
Live drawing fluke puts Maryland lottery machine maker in spotlight
When it comes to Florida Lottery games, the Ping-Pong balls get all the attention.
They carry the numbers that determine if players of games such as Lotto, Fantasy 5 and Cash 3 are winners.
Few people pay attention to the machines used to select the balls. At least, not until something goes wrong, as happened last week when a Lotto ball was selected... and then fell back into the machine's mixing chamber.
In an instant, the machine, manufactured by Garron Lottery Products in Baltimore, ...
Aug 29, 2009, 12:11 pm - Lottery News forum