NJ casino alleges famous poker player cheated in $9.6M win
An Atlantic City casino is suing a big-time gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme in baccarat.
The Borgata Hotel Casino Spa filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Phillip Ivey Jr., considered one of the best poker players in the world.
The suit alleges Ivey and an associate exploited a defect in cards made by a Kansas City manufacturer that enabled them to sort and arrange so-called good cards in baccarat. The technique gave him an unfair advantage on four occasi ...
Apr 11, 2014, 7:29 pm - Lottery News forum
$338M NJ Powerball winner reconciles with girlfriend who sued him
Instant wealth fractured their 10-year relationship, but love, it appears, conquers all.
At least that's the latest story line in the rags-to-riches melodrama of the Passaic bodega owner and his on-and-off, live-in girlfriend who split up after he won a massive Powerball jackpot last spring, wrangled over the money in court, and now have reconciled.
On Valentine's Day, no less, according to Paul Fernandez, an attorney for lottery winner Pedro Quezada.
The revelation Friday followed a co ...
Mar 10, 2014, 6:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Former live-in girlfriend of NJ $338M Powerball winner to receive nothing
A Passaic bodega owner who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot last spring and his former live-in girlfriend settled a lawsuit in state court Friday in which the woman was seeking a share of the fortune.
(See NJ $338 million Powerball winner and ex-girlfriend in court over money, Lottery Post, Nov. 10, 2013.)
Under the terms of the settlement, plaintiff Inez Sanchez agreed to drop her lawsuit and relinquish all rights to pursue it further. In exchange, jackpot winner Pedro Quezada agreed ...
Mar 7, 2014, 1:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery wants to experiment with online gaming
Massachusetts Lottery officials asked lawmakers Tuesday to pass legislation that would let the agency experiment with online gambling.
We are not proposing to offer these games to our players with an actual cash transaction, nor are we seeking any appropriation to fund such operations, Lottery Assistant Executive Director Beth Bresnahan told the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Rather, in the interests of preserving and protecting the Lottery, we simply want to en ...
Jan 29, 2014, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum
22 N.Y. coworkers' complicated journey to claim $1 million prize
Claiming a big lottery prize is a little more complicated than you might expect, especially if you are splitting the jackpot with a large group.
Step One: Hire an attorney. That was the advice Ray Wills got last month after he learned that he and 21 other Syracuse city workers with whom he regularly plays the lottery had won $1 million in the Dec. 13 Mega Millions drawing.
Wills, an engineering technician who has worked for the city for 10 years, is the group's ringleader. Once he convince ...
Jan 24, 2014, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
$25K Ga. lottery ticket disputed, money could go to child support
Winnings from a Georgia Lottery ticket are under dispute as two people and state child support officials have laid claim to the $25,000 prize.
Through the state Attorney General's Office, Georgia Lottery Corp. officials have asked a Fulton County Superior Court judge to make a decision.
In October 2013, Angel R. Tamayo Jr. presented a winning Loteria ticket to lottery officials only to be informed that he owed more than $17,250 the after-tax amount of the cash prize in child support back p ...
Jan 24, 2014, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Widow and daughter will split estate of poisoned $1 million lotto winner
The estate of a Chicago man who was poisoned to death right after he won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket will be split between his widow and his daughter from a previous marriage, ending a fight in court.
The settlement was confirmed Thursday by a lawyer for the widow. The widow and daughter agreed not to sue each other for wrongful death unless a criminal investigation yields new information.
A medical examiner ruled in March that the lottery winner, Urooj Khan, was killed by c ...
Dec 13, 2013, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
Sister loses fight over $32M jackpot her brother split with barber
Sam Haddad did a happy dance outside the Ottawa courthouse Tuesday, minutes after a judge dismissed a lawsuit from his sister seeking millions from the $32 million lottery jackpot he and his longtime barber won five years ago.
Five years of hell is almost over. It's over! the 63-year-old Ottawa man cried, as a female relative ululated joyfully behind him. That's Lebanese yodelling, Haddad explained to bemused journalists.
Now we can enjoy our money, Haddad's wife, Denise, exclaimed. We'r ...
Nov 14, 2013, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
NJ $338 million Powerball winner and ex-girlfriend in court over money
If you expect part of a lottery winner's fortune because you've already shared a long personal and business relationship, always remember: Get it in writing.
That was the reluctant decision of a state judge Friday, who cited state law in refusing to freeze the assets of Pedro Quezada, the Clifton man who won the $338 million Powerball jackpot last spring, pending the outcome of a trial to determine if his former live-in girlfriend is entitled to a share of the winnings.
Ines Sanchez and Qu ...
Nov 10, 2013, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner is sued by his sister
Claims she gave him $1 towards tickets
A handyman who won a $32 million jackpot lottery with his barber is being sued by his sister who says she is entitled to a third of the winnings.
Leila Nahas claims she paid her brother Samir Haddad $1 toward the $3 winning ticket and deserves $10.6 million, plus $500,000 in damages.
But Haddad said he doesn't owe her a dime, because 'they never had an agreement'.
Haddad and his longtime friend and barber Mike Dettorre hit the jackpot with a Lot ...
Oct 17, 2013, 5:46 am - Lottery News forum