Lottery winner's death was blamed on natural causes — until a relative raised questions
Urooj Khan had sworn off playing the lottery after he took an Islamic pilgrimage to the Middle East in 2010, but as he stood in a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago's Far North Side this summer, he lost his will for a moment, handing over $60 to buy two instant-game tickets.
After scratching off the second ticket, he leaped in the air, shouting over and over again, I hit a million!
When Khan, 46, accepted an oversized check from Illinois Lottery representatives days later at the same store ...
Jan 7, 2013, 9:38 am - Lottery News forum
DC lottery contract is the subject of a federal probe with numerous officials under scrutiny
A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of the $38 million contract to run the District of Columbia lottery, a process that raises further questions about corruption in a city government already beleaguered by criminal prosecutions.
Although no one has yet been charged in the lottery probe, authorities are looking for evidence of crimes including bribery and illegal steering of contracts, and numerous officials are under scrutiny, according to several people familiar with the probe ...
Dec 12, 2012, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Honest: Idaho Lottery retailers pass 4-month security audit
Using undercover operatives and decoy high-tier winning tickets, the Idaho Lottery has concluded a four month investigation to protect the security and integrity of all its games. During the investigation, the Lottery evaluated cashing procedures of the decoy winning tickets at 128 of its 1150 retailers in 61 cities and towns across Idaho. The net result of the investigation showed that 100% of all Idaho Lottery retailers checked had met all of the security and integrity criteria.
We believe ...
Sep 17, 2012, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery investigating $1M payout
The California Lottery has not yet released $1 million that a Dinuba man reportedly won in a Scratcher game.
In late June Luis Osejo was identified as the new millionaire. He has yet to receive the money. Nor has the merchant who sold the winning ticket, Brain Park of Downtown Dinuba Market, received his $5,000 check from the Lottery.
Russ Lopez, deputy director for corporate communications with the California Lottery in Sacramento, verified that the winnings have not been paid because the ...
Aug 30, 2012, 2:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa officials trying to solve lotto mystery, may release surveillance video
Investigators in Iowa may release surveillance video of a person who purchased an unclaimed lottery ticket in hopes the public will see something that will help a criminal probe.
The investigation, which was launched after the Jan. 27 deadline to claim the $14 million Iowa Hot Lotto jackpot, includes a New York attorney who briefly tried to claim the prize but refused to answer officials' question about how he obtained the winning ticket.
There is some point in time when you open it up [t ...
Aug 19, 2012, 9:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery director: 50-50 that Hot Lotto mystery will be solved
Terry Rich would love to know the story behind the winner of a lottery jackpot walking away from a ticket valued at $7.5 million after taxes.
It's the only time we can find anywhere in world lottery history that somebody won a major jackpot and gave it up, Rich said Aug. 8.
Although there have been cases of people not claiming a jackpot because they lost their winning ticket, No one has ever claimed it, had the hoopla, and then said, 'OK, we don't want it. Bye,' Rich said.
However, Ric ...
Aug 9, 2012, 6:46 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery knew about exploited game's flaws for years, IG says
Massachusetts State Lottery officials knew for years that a small group of gambling syndicates had virtually taken over a game called Cash WinFall winning most of the prizes during high payoff periods but did nothing about it until the local media began investigating, according to state Inspector General Gregory W. Sullivan.
Sullivan's report details the way a handful of math and science wizards, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduates looking for an interesting school ...
Jul 31, 2012, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Legislators satisfied with Lottery's handling of mystery jackpot winner
State lawmakers gave Iowa Lottery officials high marks Tuesday for the way they handled the mysterious circumstances surrounding a winning Hot Lotto jackpot that went unclaimed when attorneys representing a trust that turned in a valid ticket withdrew a claim for the multimillion-dollar prize last week.
That's the damndest thing I've every heard of, Sen. Tom Courtney, D-Burlington, said after lottery officials walked members of the Legislature's Oversight Committee through a 13-month saga th ...
Feb 1, 2012, 7:43 am - Lottery News forum
$14.3 million Hot Lotto prize claim withdrawn
Includes video report
Someone really doesn't want to be a multimillionaire.
Crawford Shaw, the enigmatic 76-year-old New York attorney who represented a trust attempting to claim a Hot Lotto jackpot worth as much as $14.3 million, abruptly withdrew any claim to the money Thursday evening.
Apparently even Shaw doesn't know the identity of the person or persons behind Hexham Investments Trust, the group that sought the prize. Shaw told Iowa Lottery officials that the trust was a corporati ...
Jan 27, 2012, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Lawyer gives up $14 million Iowa lottery ticket claim
Strangest winner story ever? Lawyer sacrifices $14 million jackpot to prevent lottery from learning the winner's identity
The New York lawyer who tried to redeem a multi-million dollar lottery ticket in Iowa last month only to have his claim called into question by officials demanding to know who he represented is giving up the quest for the jackpot.
Crawford Shaw, 76, said on Thursday he was withdrawing his claim to a Hot Lotto ticket worth up to $14.3 million because I'm not going to arg ...
Jan 26, 2012, 8:02 pm - Lottery News forum