Woman takes Fla. Lottery to court for ticket misprint
Ann Marie Curcio says her fight with Florida's Department of the Lottery is about more than money. The 58-year-old woman says it's about what is right and what is wrong.
But this week, it also became about a $500,000 lawsuit in which she is claiming Florida's lottery officials are refusing to honor a scratch-off ticket because of a printing error.
We got wronged. I'm very sad about that, she said from her Ocala home during a telephone interview. (But) I'm not going to give up.
The sto ...
May 21, 2010, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Accused lottery killer expected to make plea in court
A woman accused of killing a Lakeland, Florida, lottery winner is expected to make a plea in court Monday morning.
DeeDee Moore will appear before a judge in downtown Tampa with new representation, as her previous lawyer was removed from the case due to a conflict of interest. In March, Moore was given a new attorney from the Public Defender's office.
All along, Moore has claimed innocence in the murder of Abraham Shakespeare. She said she befriended Shakespeare after he won the lottery in ...
May 10, 2010, 7:49 am - Lottery News forum
Florida poised to become Vegas of Southeast
Gov. Charlie Crist, the Seminole tribe of Florida and once-reluctant lawmakers have signed off on a gambling deal guaranteed to bring at least $1 billion to the state over the next five years.
And after that, Florida would be poised to become the Las Vegas of the Southeastern United States, according to the House's chief gambling negotiator Bill Galvano.
That's a very real probability. Yes, Galvano, R-Bradenton said. Galvano, Sen. Dennis Jones and representatives of the governor's office ...
Apr 7, 2010, 11:59 am - Lottery News forum
Other people involved in lottery winner's slaying, attorney says
Though Dorice Donegan Dee Dee Moore is the only person accused in the slaying of Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, there were other people involved, according to her lawyer.
From my review of the probable cause affidavit and my investigator's review, I see plenty of room for further investigation to develop evidence that Mrs. Moore was not involved in the murder or not the primary person involved in the murder, said attorney Stephen B. Fisher. He was appointed to represent Moore af ...
Apr 6, 2010, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victim, 78, becomes scammer, swindles friends
Duped friends, neighbors, pastor out of more than $1 million
This was the trip that would bring them the jackpot.
Doris Siegel and a friend boarded a plane to Amsterdam in August 2008 for a $1 million payout, money that would finally prove that the Nigerian lottery she'd told friends and neighbors about was no scam.
Siegel and her friend met with five men who called themselves Nigerian businessmen, authorities said. They were taken to the basement of a building and told they would need ...
Mar 30, 2010, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum
States go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget
Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options anything to keep their cut of the profits rolling in.
States are adamant that they don't want to take advantage of anyone, but with budgets in free-fall and tax increases a losing hand politically, lawmakers acknowledge they are dependent on gambling dollars.
At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games of chance because of a drop-off of anywhere from 5 to 14 p ...
Mar 15, 2010, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery slaying now a 1st-degree case
A grand jury indicted Dorice Donegan Dee Dee Moore on Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder in the death and disappearance of Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.
Grand jurors returned a one-count indictment against Moore for premeditated murder. It accuses Moore of shooting Shakespeare between April 1 and April 13.
The next step is for Moore to enter a plea to the charge during an arraignment before Circuit Judge Daniel Sleet. That has yet to be scheduled.
Shakespeare was ...
Mar 12, 2010, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket thief tries to claim prize at same store
Police say a 22-year-old Winter Haven man walked into a Circle K last week and stole $70 worth of Florida Scratch-Off tickets then returned to the same store to cash a winning $50 ticket.
Now, Alen Nguyen is charged with one count of retail theft.
According to the Sheriff's Office, while the clerk was away from the counter, Nguyen stole about $70 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets from the store at 5600 Cypress Gardens Blvd. The clerk called authorities when she noticed a discrepancy bet ...
Mar 8, 2010, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery seeks gambling expansion
While lawmakers in the state of Florida debate how to expand casino gambling, the Florida Lottery has expansion plans of their own. This past week, the Lottery published the details of what type of new options they are looking to offer.
Last year, the Lottery added 1,000 vending machines that sold their scratch off tickets. Now, the agency would like to add more of these machines. That would require legislative approval, and there could be resistance to new outlets.
The Office of Program P ...
Feb 6, 2010, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
Mom of murdered lottery winner speaks
The mother of a murdered Florida Lottery winner is talking about her son's death. Investigators found the body of Abraham Shakespeare last week buried near a home in Plant City.
Shakespeare won a $30 million lottery jackpot in 2006, then disappeared last April.
On Tuesday, police charged 37-year-old Dee Dee Moore as an accessory to murder in the case. Shakespeare's mother, Elizabeth Walker, doesn't understand why Moore would harm her son.
I would like to say, 'Why?' Because if she need ...
Feb 6, 2010, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum