Seven arrested in underground lottery sting
Seven people are facing felony bookmaking charges after authorities say they were operating an illegal lottery out of four markets in San Pablo and Richmond, California.
Authorities say the lottery was broken up after a sting operation led by the California Lottery's Security and Law Enforcement Division.
Investigators say the seven suspects sold homemade tickets to buyers who were placing bets on numbers in an actual California Lottery game.
Lottery spokesman Bill Ainsworth says though ...
Jun 11, 2010, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
6 lotto winners who lost it all
The story of the 26-year-old garbage man who frittered away $15 million in lottery winnings and other tales of luck gone terribly wrong
Want to know how to fritter away a multi-million lottery fortune?
Ask Michael Carroll: The unemployed 26-year-old Brit has blown a 9.7 million jackpot he won in 2002 (approximately $15 million at the time) and is currently hoping to get his old job back as a garbageman. At first, Carroll lavished gifts on friends and family, but soon started spending on le ...
Jun 9, 2010, 6:19 am - Lottery News forum
Store clerk gets prison term for Ohio lottery ticket theft
Deborah Strong admits she is a habitual thief whose gambling addiction has resulted in her stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employers over the last decade.
For her latest theft more than $500,000 in Ohio Lottery scratch-off tickets from a Kroger store she was sent Tuesday to prison for the maximum sentence of five years. She pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated theft last month.
The sentence was imposed by Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Helmick, who ...
Jun 2, 2010, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner doesn't have to share
Judge: Woman, 87, doesn't have to split windfall with sister
An elderly Connecticut woman does not have to share her half of a $500,000 lottery windfall with her sister who sued her over it, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Eighty-seven-year-old Rose Bakaysa and her 84-year-old sister, Theresa Sokaitis, have been fighting over the money in court since 2005. That was shortly after Bakaysa and their brother won the Powerball jackpot.
Sokaitis argued they had signed a notarized contract a decade e ...
May 12, 2010, 7:40 pm - 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
Lottery scam victim dies scarred
Even in the last months of her life, Lorraine Teicht could not fully trust people.
She could never get over how three of her workmates had once turned on her.
Suspicious that she had filched a $5.7 million 6/49 lottery ticket that rightfully belonged to all four, they had hired a private eye to see if her lifestyle had dramatically changed.
I could not trust them after they came to my house and accused me of stealing the winnings, Teicht wrote on March 11.
I still do not feel relax ...
Apr 16, 2010, 6:45 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 winner gives away millions
Practitioner of visualization and meditation techniques won $112 million
As twists of fate go, Cynthia Stafford has been dealt some doozies.
In 1999, Stafford's younger brother was killed in a car accident, and the state of California placed his five children in foster care. Cynthia would have none of that: She applied for?full custody of her nieces and nephews, ages 3 to 10, and though the state initially fought her, Stafford prevailed and became an instant mother to five children a full- ...
Apr 1, 2010, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Prison terms for lottery ticket attackers
A $5 Bankroll lottery ticket won eastern Henrico County, Virginia, resident Jeff Brownell $1,000 last year but cost him his left eye in a brutal robbery attempt.
Yesterday, a plea agreement, a promise of immunity and a jury trial resulted in vastly different outcomes for Brownell's attackers.
Last night, after deliberating less than an hour, a Henrico jury found a neighbor of Brownell's guilty of multiple charges in the attack May 14 last year. Richard Greene, 33, the neighbor who did not ...
Mar 25, 2010, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Sisters' lottery jackpot trial begins today
The lottery numbers that sisters Theresa Sokaitis and Rose Bakaysa had played together for years finally paid off in 2005, yielding a $500,000 Powerball jackpot.
But for whom?
Sokaitis, 84, of Middletown, Connecticut, claims she never saw a dime of that money and sued her older sister. This morning, their dispute over the jackpot will go to trial before a judge at Superior Court in New Britain.
I love my sister and I feel bad this is all getting dragged into court, but I have children ...
Mar 23, 2010, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum