Lottery 'winner' sues for $63M
All he wants for Christmas is $63 million - plus interest.A Brooklyn man has filed suit against New York Lottery, claiming he won last year's Mega Millions drawing on Christmas Eve.Dr. Fritzner Bechette claims he lost the ticket in a non-retrievable situation and has tried to claim the prize since last Dec. 25.Lottery officials say the ticket is worth $68 million. It wasn't immediately clear why Bechette is suing for $5 million less. The suit was filed in Queens Supreme Court last week.The dea ...
Dec 23, 2003, 5:37 am - Lottery News forum
Computers seized in Lottery investigation
Agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation seized computers from the state Lottery office this week, as part of a larger investigation into the Lottery.Investigators with CBI and the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office took computers out of the building on Colorado Boulevard, as well as the Lottery headquarters in Pueblo earlier this week.They say they are reviewing numerous issues having to do with the lottery. This criminal investigation comes after the Department of Revenue had a ...
Dec 19, 2003, 3:14 am - Lottery News forum
Court deciding legality of NY gambling law
A state appeals court is expected to take about two months to make a ruling into whether the 2001 legislation expanding gambling in New York is legal.Anti-gambling forces argue that several aspects of the law are unconstitutional.The bill provided for video lottery terminals at horse-racing tracks, up to six new Indian casinos and New York's entry into the Mega Millions lottery game.
Dec 18, 2003, 4:10 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner files $6.3 million complaint against stockbroker
A multimillion dollar lottery winner filed a $6.3 million complaint against her stockbroker in Rochester, claiming he lost most of her savings.Shirley Begy of Greece filed a claim for arbitration last month with the National Association of Securities Dealers against financial adviser William Tatro, president of Eagle Steward Limited.The 74-year-old Begy says Tatro went against her direction and invested $3.2 million of her money in high-risk ventures, and moved her money around do he could profi ...
Dec 15, 2003, 6:28 am - Lottery News forum
Woman accused of stealing lottery tickets bound over for trial
An Wisconsin woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of scratch-off lottery tickets when she worked at Denny's Super Valu in Algoma has been bound over for trial.Mary Jo (Jody) DeNamur, 44, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Kewaunee County Circuit Court. She is charged with five felony theft counts and one misdemeanor charge.DeNamur's attorney, Jeffrey Jazgar, said his client agreed to waive the hearing in exchange for a preliminary plea offer from the district a ...
Dec 8, 2003, 4:37 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Supreme Court upholds state joining multistate lottery
Ohio can participate legally in a multistate lottery but cant take profits from the lottery away from education, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a decision that largely favored the state.Lottery opponents said the ruling could make it easier for Ohio to introduce electronic slot machines at racetracks.Ohio joined the Mega Millions game in May 2002. Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Washington also participate in Mega Millions draw ...
Nov 20, 2003, 6:57 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winnings at heart of lawsuit
Deer hunting, snack food and Powerball have propelled two Laotian immigrants into a Polk County (Iowa) court battle over how they should split the proceeds of a winning lottery ticket.Ip Khanthapengxay contends that a friend, Nye Khamhuang, cheated Khanthapengxay out of his share of a $100,000 ticket purchased last year at a Des Moines QuikTrip store.Court papers say the two Des Moines men, who stopped for soft drinks at the beginning of a Dec. 21 deer-hunting trip, had an agreement at the time ...
Nov 17, 2003, 4:36 am - Lottery News forum
Alleged Lottery Ticket Thieves Arrested
Two men who allegedly stole several stacks of lottery tickets Oct. 22 from a Virginia donut shop were bonded Tuesday in Winchester General District Court.Joshua Aaron Roy, 18, of the 1700 block of Reaves Street, Winchester, was charged on Friday with breaking and entering and receiving stolen property.His alleged accomplice, Tony Eugene Dehaven Jr., 23, of the first block of Fabric Drive, Bunker Hill, W.Va., was charged Monday with the same offenses.Winchester General District Court Judge David ...
Nov 13, 2003, 5:10 am - Lottery News forum
No share and share alike for fugitive lottery winner
A Spanish judge has ordered a six million euro (seven million dollars) lottery win be withheld after the winner disappeared with the winning ticket bought by a syndicate comprising himself and 19 former friends, judicial sources said.The unnamed fugitive bought the ticket for the ONCE state lottery in the Catalan town of Ripollet in northeastern Spain on Friday on the group's behalf with an agreement they would share any winnings.On realising his numbers had come up he disappeared without trace, ...
Nov 12, 2003, 4:26 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner imprisoned for buying tickets with drug money
A $12 million Texas lottery winner who bought his lucky ticket with drug proceeds got two strikes today: a 24-year federal prison sentence and an order to return the money.A federal judge sentenced Jose Luis Betancourt, 52, who was convicted by a jury in June of conspiracy and two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The jury in a second verdict said Betancourt should forfeit his lottery jackpot because the ticket was purchased with drug proceeds.Betancourt had been traffickin ...
Nov 5, 2003, 5:34 am - Lottery News forum