$2M Michigan lottery winner defends use of food stamps
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A Michigan man who won $2 million in a state lottery game continues to collect food stamps 11 months after striking it rich.
And there's nothing the state can do about it, at least for now.
Leroy Fick, 59, of Auburn won $2 million in the state lottery TV show Make Me Rich! last June. But the state's Department of Human Services determined he was still eligible for food stamps, Fick's attorney, John Wilson of Midland, said Tuesday.
Eligibility for food stamps is ...
May 18, 2011, 7:07 am - Lottery News forum
Detroit lottery millionaire charged with murder
A man who was part of a U.S. Postal Service employees group who won a share of the $93 million Mega Millions Jackpot in February is now accused of killing a Detroit landlord from Australia.
In a bizarre twist to the tragic death of Greg McNicol in Detroit, police said suspect Freddie Young won a $1.8 million slice of $93 million Mega Millions lottery.
Young allegedly shot McNicol during an argument over just a few hundred dollars in overdue rent money Young's daughter owed.
It didn't m ...
May 17, 2011, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Simon Cowell still buys lottery tickets
Simon Cowell says that he still plays the National Lottery in spite of his reported 200 million (US$330 million) fortune.
The X Factor' and Syco boss made the claims after he entered the Sunday Times' annual music millionaires' top ten list for the first time this year.
I still buy lottery tickets. I still play, said the music mogul, but then added slightly dubiously, but I tick the box that says no publicity so no one would know.
Generally, there is no box to be ticked unless the amo ...
May 5, 2011, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Man gets 23 years for robbing Illinois lottery winner
A Rolling Meadows man shot four times when two masked intruders invaded his residence in search of lottery winnings says he still worries about being home alone at night.
On Friday a Cook County judge sentenced one of his assailants to 23 years in prison.
Robert English, formerly of Berwyn, received the sentence Friday in exchange for his guilty plea to attempted first-degree murder, home invasion and aggravated battery with a firearm. All are class X felonies punishable by up to 30 years ...
Apr 3, 2011, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
2 men survive deadly casino bus crash, then board another
They couldn't resist.
Two gamblers who miraculously survived a catastrophic brush with death aboard a Chinatown casino bus climbed back aboard the same company's bus only hours later for another trip to the gaming tables.
Bernardo Garcia, a 50-year-old cook from Brooklyn whose buddy Miguel Aquino was one of 14 people killed in Saturday's horrific 5:30 a.m. World Wide Tours bus crackup on the Hutchinson River Parkway said he figured Lady Luck was on his side.
I'm the kind of person that ...
Mar 14, 2011, 4:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman sues TV station over lottery numbers error
A Fort Lee, New Jersey, woman who says she thought fortune had smiled on her with a $250,000 winner in a 2009 Mega Millions drawing is suing WABC-TV for allegedly broadcasting the wrong winning numbers and leaving her devastated when she discovered she had won nothing.
Rakel Daniele is seeking $75,000 in damages from WABC-TV, American Broadcasting Co., the Walt Disney Co. and an unidentified Jane Doe in a lawsuit that was transferred to federal District Court in Newark last week from state Su ...
Feb 27, 2011, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Senate passes expanded gambling law
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The South Carolina State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow charities, schools and churches to hold raffles legally.
Right now the only legal raffle in the state is the lottery. Opponents of this new bill said it would open the door for organized gambling.
However, supporters disagree and said it's common sense to update state law that's more than 200 years old. The activity is practiced among organizations in order to raise money for good causes.
Feb 11, 2011, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
28 arrested in N.Y. gambling sting
Officers from the Rockland County Intelligence Center and the town rounded up 28 people Thursday night in a crackdown on an illegal lottery ring.
The joint raids were the result of a five-month joint investigation, authorities said.
Rockland County Sheriff's Department Capt. William Barbera, captain of the Intelligence Center, said about 11:30 p.m. that police had processed the suspects at the West Haverstraw Community Center, 130 Samsondale Ave., where officers had set up portable process ...
Feb 4, 2011, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Statistician cracks secret code behind lottery tickets
Is the apparent randomness of the scratch ticket just a facade, a mathematical lie?
The call came around 3 a.m. Toronto time, which was midnight in Nevada where Doug Hartzell was sleeping. It was his old friend, Mohan Srivastava, phoning from Canada.
He called me and said, 'Man, I think I'm losing it. But I see a pattern in scratch lottery tickets,' said Hartzell, recalling that 2003 conversation.
My reaction almost instantly was like: I'm sure he's right.
Over their three decades ...
Feb 2, 2011, 1:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner charged in tax conspiracy
In February 2008, Kendrick D. Francis won a 10,000-to-one bet on the Pennsylvania Lottery's Big 4 game for a payday of $532,000.
But, federal prosecutors in Delaware said, that apparently wasn't enough for Francis, a Wilmington resident, who then conspired with a convenience-store operator to hide his winnings and make it appear a number of other people had won instead to avoid federal taxes.
This month, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Delaware filed felony conspiracy and tax evasion charge ...
Jan 26, 2011, 4:01 pm - Lottery News forum