Man wins lottery, loses in court
A lottery winner who claims he was deceived when his lawyer teamed up with a finance company and persuaded him to take a lump sum for his annualized jackpot narrowly lost a split decision at the state Supreme Court Monday in a case that turned on how long victims have to sue.
In his suit against the finance company, John D. Flannery claimed and the Supreme Court concluded that he was given bad tax advice by attorney Glenn MacGrady and Singer Asset Finance to induce him to take a one-time paym ...
Jun 17, 2014, 7:28 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery pool can't be a business in Tennessee
In a formal opinion, the state attorney general has declared that Tennessee law prohibits participation in a lottery pool managed by a third party throwing cold water on a Blount County man's idea for a part-time business, though apparently not on informal pools among friends.
State Rep. Bob Ramsey, R-Maryville, said he requested the opinion from Attorney General Bob Cooper after a senior citizen constituent asked if his idea of a part-time retirement business would be legal.
Basically, th ...
Jun 10, 2014, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
$2 million Hoosier Lottery winner has to give ex-wife $50,000
A man who won $2 million in the Hoosier Lottery while separated from his wife has to give her only 2.5 percent of the winnings, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
The decision upholds a 2012 Allen Superior Court ruling in which Jose De Jesus Carrillo Perez was ordered to pay his ex-wife, Maria Guadalupe Vidrios Zepeda, $10,000 each year for five years from the money he won on a scratch-off ticket in 2011.
The couple married in February 2002. They separated in March 2006, but nei ...
Apr 24, 2014, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery terminates contracts of three retailers
Each retailer violated Florida law, banned from ever selling lottery again
Three Pompano Beach, Florida, stores that sold lottery tickets violated state law and won't ever be allowed to sell tickets again, Florida Lottery officials announced Monday.
Officials said in a news release that the three stores, which were raided this month, also broke lottery rules and the terms of their contract.
The news release did not specify which laws were broken or whether any legal action would be take ...
Apr 22, 2014, 8:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Northstar fights to keep Illinois lottery documents secret
The company hired to run the Illinois Lottery continued its fight to keep some documents under wraps, arguing their release would violate its contract with the state and expose company secrets to competitors.
At a hearing before the Illinois Court of Claims, Northstar Lottery Group argued today that lottery officials have no duty to release a marketing study and a business plan even though the Illinois Attorney General has advised the documents should be made public.
The firm asked the cou ...
Apr 15, 2014, 8:05 am - Lottery News forum
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