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
N.C. Senate approves Internet sweepstakes ban
The North Carolina Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday to shutter hundreds of new businesses that bill supporters argue are offering just another form of illegal video poker where people buy phone or Internet time, then play games on computer screens to win cash and prizes.
By a vote of 47-1, the chamber continued its long history of opposing video gambling, this time through electronic and computer-based devices springing up at new sweepstakes cafes or business centers.
Jun 22, 2010, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner's prize day includes drug arrest
Winning ticket may be subject to forfeiture
Monday was a good news-bad news day for Mark Chambers.
The good news is his Indiana Pick Four lottery ticket is a winner, worth $2,260.
The bad news is that the ticket was in his pocket when he was arrested for allegedly dealing cocaine.
Sgt. John Jelks of the Gary Narcotics-Vice Unit said his detectives are consulting with prosecutors and the city's forfeiture lawyer to determine if the police department can seize the prize.
Chambers, 2 ...
Jun 16, 2010, 11:51 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
Vermont sued over state lottery contract award
The company that has operated Vermont Lottery games for the past 10 years is suing the state, trying to force the release of documents related to Vermont's decision to switch to another company.
Scientific Games International Inc. alleges in a lawsuit that the state Lottery Commission, its executive director, Alan Yandow, and Attorney General William Sorrell have violated Vermont's public records law for about a year by refusing to provide the documents.
Scientific Games, based in Alpharet ...
Jun 11, 2010, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Woman takes Fla. Lottery to court for ticket misprint
Ann Marie Curcio says her fight with Florida's Department of the Lottery is about more than money. The 58-year-old woman says it's about what is right and what is wrong.
But this week, it also became about a $500,000 lawsuit in which she is claiming Florida's lottery officials are refusing to honor a scratch-off ticket because of a printing error.
We got wronged. I'm very sad about that, she said from her Ocala home during a telephone interview. (But) I'm not going to give up.
The sto ...
May 21, 2010, 8:00 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
Supreme Court rejects Delaware appeal to expand sports betting lottery
The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from Delaware to expand its sports betting lottery beyond professional football.
The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling that limits sports betting in Delaware to multi-game, or parlay, bets on National Football League games.
The professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association sued the state over its plan to boost revenues by offering single-game bets on a variety of prof ...
May 3, 2010, 10:43 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana man says store cost him $11.5M lottery jackpot
A 70-year-old retired chemist is suing a convenience store chain for more than $11.5 million, claiming its employees cheated him out of a large jackpot by refusing to sell him a lottery ticket.
Charles Andrews says in his lawsuit that he picked the winning numbers for the February 2008 Hoosier Lotto drawing, but that a clerk at a Speedway store in Indianapolis refused to sell him a ticket with a few minutes left before the 10:40 p.m. official sales cutoff.
Andrews, of Indianapolis, says th ...
Apr 27, 2010, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum