Judge orders release of ex-NC Lottery official
A judge on Tuesday ordered a former North Carolina lottery commissioner convicted of five counts of the honest services law released from a Georgia prison.
U.S. District Judge James Dever III said Kevin Geddings should be set free as he seeks to have his 2006 conviction vacated. The decision came just hours after prosecutors said Geddings should be released.
Geddings was found guilty of honest services mail fraud for not disclosing his financial ties to a company that was expected to bid f ...
Jul 1, 2010, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Police reveal financial picture of slain lottery winner
A leather folder may hold the key to the cash and assets taken from slain Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare and what may be owed to his estate.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Detective Preston Hollis got the folder Jan. 31 from Linda Donegan of Plant City, the mother of Dorice DeeDee Moore. Moore was arrested Feb. 2 and charged by HCSO with Shakespeare's murder.
In response to a search warrant, Donegan handed Hollis currency, jewelry and the leather folder holding financial documents, acco ...
Jun 18, 2010, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Store owner jailed one year for stealing $5.7M lottery ticket
A former convenience store owner who cheated a customer out of a $5.7 million lottery ticket has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Hafiz Malik, 63, sat quietly as Ontario provincial court Justice Rebecca Shamai pronounced sentence Tuesday at Old City Hall courthouse in downtown Toronto.
Dressed in a black T-shirt and grey slacks, the white-haired Malik listened intently to the judge's reasons.
In December, Malik had pleaded to fraud.
He admitted to tricking a customer, Lorraine Teich ...
Jun 16, 2010, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
Letter outlining Britain's first lottery up for auction
The British tradition of national lottery has been traced back to the 16th century when a jackpot of 5,000 was up for grabs and participants had to wait three years to find out if they were winners.
A letter has emerged from Queen Elizabeth I, written in 1566, which gives instructions for collecting money, commanding that persons of 'good trust' be entrusted with the prizes.
The letter was written to Sir John Spencer, advising of 400,000 lots, each costing 10 shillings, with prizes to be p ...
Jun 14, 2010, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum
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