Former Georgia Lottery official files whistleblower lawsuit
A former top finance official with the Georgia Lottery has filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming that he was fired after refusing to present inflated sales projections.
Kenneth Knight, former vice president for financial management at the Georgia Lottery, names the lottery and its president, Debbie Alford, in the lawsuit.
Knight argues that he was pressured by Alford and his boss to present the lottery board with flawed sales projections in April 2014. Knight says in the lawsuit that he t ...
Apr 25, 2015, 6:28 pm - Lottery News forum
California store owner sues customer for half of $1M lottery prize
Assembly line worker Evangelina Reyes had big plans for the $1 million she won earlier this year in the California Lottery's Emerald 10 scratch-off game. But then the owner of the Milpitas liquor store where she bought the winning ticket slapped her with a lawsuit, claiming she'd signed a handwritten contract guaranteeing him half the prize.
Now, instead of dipping into the money for a family vacation in Hawaii and serenely banking the rest for early retirement, the 53-year-old mother of five ...
Mar 5, 2015, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
JUDGE: Florida sex offender allowed to spend $3M lottery winnings
A convicted sex offender can spend his $3 million Florida lottery winnings any way he wants, over the protestations of two of his alleged victims, a judge ruled Friday.
Timothy Poole won the Florida Super Millions scratch-off lottery in December, taking home a lump sum of $2.2 million. (See Florida Lottery winner outed as sexual predator, Lottery Post, Dec. 10, 2014.)
Two brothers are suing Poole for psychological damages after they say he abused them when they were 5 and 9 years old in 19 ...
Feb 15, 2015, 10:37 am - Lottery News forum
Montana's $1M lottery raffle winner sued for half of prize
A regular at the Town Pump in East Helena, Montana, is suing 23-year-old Jeff Fallang, who recently hit a $1 million jackpot and has not given the plaintiff a cut.
Michael Hess said he went to the store to purchase Montana Millionaire tickets on Dec. 23, and told Fallang if he won, he'd split his winnings, according to documents filed in Helena district court Thursday. Fallang, who was on shift, asked Hess if he could buy a ticket from him.
I then told Jeff I would as long as if he was to ...
Jan 10, 2015, 1:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Player sues Oregon Lottery, charging video poker game rigged
The Oregon State Lottery's rigged video poker games have cost players $134 million, a man claims in a class action lawsuit.
Lead plaintiff Justin Curzi claims the video poker machines' auto-hold feature misleads players about how to increase their odds of winning a hand.
The auto-hold feature recommends playing strategies, and allows players to automatically discard and draw new cards with a single button, according to the complaint.
Thus, relying on the auto-hold feature is the easies ...
Jan 7, 2015, 6:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Players seek $250 million from Texas Lottery contractor
More than 500 players of a lottery scratch-off card filed suit against the game's developer seeking about $250 million in contested prize money.
Confusion over the rules led many to believe they had winning tickets, but those tickets were not honored by the state. The suit contends that the lottery's contractor, GTECH Corporation, owes prize money to the players because they wrote the rules and programmed the scanners to identify the winners.
GTECH Corporation spokeswoman Angela Wiczek sai ...
Dec 16, 2014, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Poker star Phil Ivey loses casino case in Britain
Includes video report
Imagine you go to a casino to play blackjack. You find a table, sit down and buy some chips. Gambling has few barriers to entry.
After awhile, you notice: For some reason, all of the cards higher than 9 are marked. Because of some slight imperfection in the deck, you can tell whether a card is an ace, king, queen, jack or ten before it's turned over. Because of a manufacturer's mistake, you have a huge advantage over the house. And the dealer doesn't notice.
You de ...
Oct 9, 2014, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery to launch new game after AG gives OK
The Texas Lottery Commission is moving forward with next year's launch of an unusual new game after getting a favorable ruling on its legality from Attorney General Greg Abbott.
The game, Texas Triple Chance, combines elements of traditional lottery games and scratch-off games.
Players pay $2 for three sets of seven numbers chosen from the range of 1-55. Each day, a set of 10 is drawn by the game. If a player's set matches the drawn set, he or she wins $100,000 (if six numbers match, the p ...
Aug 12, 2014, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
Jury rules that estranged brothers must split $1M lottery prize
Over a year of legal bickering ended Wednesday afternoon, but it appeared neither brother feuding over a jackpot lottery ticket was ready to move on and sing Kumbaya together.
After a two-day trial in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, court, a jury decided two Mechanicsburg-area brothers, Charles Thomas Meehan and Ira Sharp, would split a $1 million lottery ticket straight down the middle.
Sharp sued Meehan, his half-brother, for half of the prize he said they won together at Johnny Joe's b ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Half brothers fight over million dollar lottery ticket
Two estranged half brothers faced off on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania court in a fight over a winning million-dollar lottery ticket.
Ira Sharp claims he gave his half brother Charles Meehan $20 to buy a Hot Million instant ticket in Johnny Joe's sports bar and they agreed to split any winnings, Sharp's attorney R. Mark Thomas said in the Cumberland County Court of Pleas.
The ticket was a winner, but Meehan tried to hide it and keep all of the money, the attorney said.
The two men, who both ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:30 pm - Lottery News forum