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Sparks fly at N.C. lottery forum
The arguing, at times, seemed personal on a panel which featured everyone from lawmakers to ministers.At issue -- just how much money is being lost to border states like South Carolina, which has a lottery. The state has noticed most sales tax rise in history on things like chips since the lottery came, said panelist Gardner Payne. We're losing that money to those states. Last December, North Carolina drivers poured across the border for the $100-million-plus Powerball drawing.Governor Easley ...
Oct 17, 2003, 4:48 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery scammer jailed
The bagman in an Edmonton bogus lottery scam that bilked $368,000 from vulnerable U.S. seniors was handed a 26-month prison term yesterday.Stephen Sutherland, 43, swore under his breath as a court constable led him away after his plea for a conditional sentence to be served in the community was rejected.Provincial court Judge Allan Lefever ruled it was necessary to put Sutherland behind bars, saying predation on the elderly requires denunciation.Sutherland pleaded guilty yesterday to fraud o ...
Oct 16, 2003, 3:31 am - Lottery News forum

Store's trash proves to be lotto treasure
The manager of a Hackensack, New Jersey video store thought he had found a modern-day pot of gold this week when hundreds of unused, scratch-off instant Lottery tickets were discovered in the store basement. We thought we hit it rich, Nilesh Maheshwary, manager of the West Coast Video store on Passaic Street, said yesterday. I didn't know what to do. Making a similar find, others may have grabbed a penny and started scratching -- some lotto games offer players a chance to win thousands of doll ...
Oct 15, 2003, 3:28 am - Lottery News forum

Judge raps FTC over lottery ticket case
An Ontario judge has sharply criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for the way it has handled a case against a Canadian businessman who is alleged to have fraudulently sold thousands of lottery tickets across the border.Mr. Justice Arthur Gans of the Ontario Superior Court called the FTC's case against George Yemec a pittance and rapped the agency for spending months investigating Mr. Yemec to turn up allegations that don't come close to fraud. I must confess that I find this lack of a ...
Oct 13, 2003, 3:44 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery scam takes in pair
Two people duped elderly shoppers with an offer that seemed too good to be true. Turns out it was.Gloria and Hector Ortiz were shopping at a Publix in Weston when a woman approached them with what seemed like a way to make some fast money.She told the two 82-year-olds she was in the country illegally from Costa Rica, and asked them to cash a winning lottery ticket worth $130,000.Then, she asked the couple for a deposit of $15,000 that she would give back -- along with a share of the winnings -- ...
Sep 19, 2003, 3:24 am - Lottery News forum

Online Lottery Glitch Leads to Cancelled Prizes
Online scratch-card outfit - tombola.com - has apologised after a software glitch at the weekend led to a large number of gamblers winning the jackpot.Those who took part in the online game couldn't believe their luck when they won up to 5,000 (US$8,050) just for taking part in the i:scratch game.But their euphoria was short-lived when they received an email telling them that the game was null and void.Said the email: I am writing to you in relation to your win on tombola.com over the week ...
Sep 17, 2003, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum

Georgia businesses not worried Tenn. lottery will hurt local sales
Rossville, Georgia store owners say they arent worried the Tennessee Lottery, which is expected to launch early next year, will dam the stream of money flowing from Tennessees gamblers.Legislation creating the lottery corporation was signed into law by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen on June 11, according to the lottery Web site at www.tnlottery.gov.Subsequently, Governor Bredesen announced appointments to the new seven-member lottery board on July 1, the Web site reads. Proceeds from the future sa ...
Sep 17, 2003, 2:58 am - Lottery News forum

'Money Man' Tosses Cash Into Fla. Crowd
Hundreds of people at a shopping mall fought over nearly $10,000 launched into a crowd by a real estate investor known as the Money Man. Six people were taken to hospitals and six others were treated for cuts and bruises, police spokesman Bill Proffitt said. The most serious injury was a possible broken arm, he said.Police said at least 500 people crowded the BayWalk courtyard on Saturday for the cash giveaway. Kevin Shelton appeared on a balcony before firing $2 bills out of his cash cannon, ...
Sep 16, 2003, 4:16 am - Lottery News forum

Holmes to propose Alabama lottery bill
Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes said Wednesday he will introduce a bill to set up a state lottery during a special session of the Legislature that begins Monday. The Legislature is going into session at 12 (noon). At 12:15, I'm introducing the lottery bill. Holmes said the proceeds would be split evenly between the General Fund and the Education Trust Fund.Gov. Bob Riley's press secretary, David Azbell, said the governor is opposed to a lottery. At the most, a lottery would be projected to bring ...
Sep 12, 2003, 3:53 am - Lottery News forum

What if group buys winning lottery ticket?
Q: We are a financial club that invests in the stock market and also buys weekly lottery tickets. We all contribute and one member buys the tickets. It's wishful thinking, but what if the ticket wins $1 million? What are the payment basics and how can we protect ourselves against the ticket purchaser claiming the winnings for himself?-- Hopeful in Hialeah A: Let's first talk business law, and then we'll suggest some precautions to assure proper division of payment.A lottery ticket is a unilater ...
Sep 8, 2003, 3:57 am - Lottery News forum