Maryland lets problem gamblers exclude themselves from lottery
Individuals on voluntary list must forfeit winnings
Maryland has become the third state to offer a voluntary system to restrict the ability to play the lottery, officials announced Tuesday.
The program is an expansion of the casino exclusion program launched in 2011, several months after Maryland's first casino opened. People on that list agree to be cited for trespassing if found in one of the state's casinos.
Once signed up for the lottery exclusion list, a person is required to forfe ...
May 22, 2013, 7:17 am - Lottery News forum
Man wins $7.2 million playing slots in friend's memory after funeral
A Michigan man went to Mississippi for a friend's funeral last week, and came back a multimillionaire.
Tyler Morris, 73, drove with his wife to attend the funeral of his longtime friend Max Anderson, 86, on Feb. 15, and stopped by one of Anderson's favorite hangouts afterward: The Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi, Miss. He decided to play penny slots in honor of Anderson, who had often gone with Morris to the casino over the years, and always played the slots.
Morris put his money on The Lor ...
Feb 21, 2013, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
New Jersey casino suing gamblers who won $1.5 million
Blames unshuffled decks of cards
A New Jersey casino has sued a group of gamblers who won $1.5 million after they allegedly realized the eight decks of cards used in a game of mini baccarat were not preshuffled.
The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J., filed suit against the gamblers and playing card company Gemaco after 14 players collectively won $1,536,700 in 41 winning hands.
As the same sequence of cards kept appearing April 30, the players increased their bets from $10 to $5,000, ...
Aug 22, 2012, 2:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery leaders convene in D.C. to discuss future of games
La Fleur's annual symposium draws hundreds of lottery personnel, vendors
By Todd Northrop
This week leaders from nearly every U.S. and Canadian lottery met in Washington, D.C. at the annual La Fleur's Lottery Symposium to discuss the future of government lotteries, especially with regard to Internet sales and play.
Emboldened by a U.S. Department of Justice opinion issued in Dec. of last year clarifying that the Wire Act only has bearing on sports wagering, state lotteries have immediat ...
Apr 26, 2012, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Marine credits karma for $2.9 million slots jackpot
A couple of days before he hit a jackpot of nearly $3 million, Cpl. Alexander Degenhardt learned he'd been accepted as a bone marrow donor to an anonymous patient.
They asked me if I was sure I wanted to go through with it, because it's kind of painful, but what's a little pain if it will save someone's life? the U.S. Marine said Friday. I look at this as kind of good karma for that.
Degenhardt's karma was worth more than $2.8 million, the second biggest jackpot for Bally Technologies, w ...
Feb 28, 2012, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Man to sue Austrian casino after $57 million jackpot denied
A gambler who thought he had won 37 million (US$57 million) on a slot machine has been offered a free meal and 60 (US$93) instead, after casino bosses said the jackpot was due to a software error .
Behar Merlaku, 26, played the winning machine at a casino in Bregenz, Austria.
Despite only getting four of the slot machine's five required matches, Mr. Merlaku was told he had won the massive jackpot complete with a winning bell and flashing screen.
However when he went to claim his prize, ...
Dec 14, 2011, 9:38 am - Lottery News forum
Professional lottery player wins tax dispute
Big winnings, tiny taxes
Several times a week, Clarance W. Jones does something most people can only dream of: He cashes in bunches of winning lottery tickets.
And even better, he has found a way to pay barely any taxes on the massive take.
Over the past decade, the 73-year-old from Lynn has redeemed more than 10,000 tickets from the state lottery more than any other person worth a total of more than $18 million.
He has also long fought efforts by the state to collect considerable ta ...
Nov 5, 2011, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Casino says no way to $62 million slot machine payout
It seemed too good to be true a slot-machine jackpot of almost 43 million euros. And maybe it was.
Austrian state broadcaster ORF reports that Behar Merlaku is going to court over the refusal of the Bregenz casino to give him what he considers his win on March 26.
Casino officials do not dispute that the gaming machine showed a payout of nearly 43 million euros almost US$62 million. But they say that a malfunctioning computer chip was responsible for what they say was the faulty display.
Aug 16, 2011, 9:49 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. casino loses more than $11M to two gamblers
They say the house always wins. But for one Atlantic City casino, that doesn't seem to have been the case lately.
In April, a blackjack player raked in $5.8 million at the Tropicana Casino and Resort. Then last week, a different man took home $5.3 million after his own amazing run of luck at the Tropicana.
The Tropicana may have been the author of its own misfortune. It's deliberately put an emphasis on high-stakes games, under the theory that it'll come out a winner in the end. And casino ...
Jun 9, 2011, 3:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Blackjack player legitimately beats casinos for millions
He took Caesars for more than $4 million, burned Borgata for about $5 million and then topped it off by beating Tropicana out of $5.8 million.
For Don Johnson, it was an incredible streak of good luck at the Atlantic City blackjack tables.
I'll take luck over any other skill, Johnson said, laughing. There's no magic to this. Eventually, someone would whack them. I'm just glad it was me.
Johnson, 49, of Bensalem, Pa., is the chief executive officer of Heritage Development LLC, a Wyomin ...
May 26, 2011, 5:53 pm - Lottery News forum