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Media Battle in the Mega Millions Jackpot Dispute
Lottery Post presents a selection of photos and descriptions in the struggle over the $162 million Mega Millions jackpot.Two women one with a ticket, one tearfully without lay claim to a $162 million lottery jackpot Tuesday, triggering a legal dispute that could come down to finder's keepers or fraud.Elecia Battle went to police Monday with the teary story of a lottery ticket lost outside a convenience store, and a small crowd with flashlights soon gathered in the snowy parking lot in search o ...
Jan 6, 2004, 8:23 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery Loser's Shady Past
Ohio woman has fraud, assault convictions, uses aliasThe Ohio woman who told police that she purchased -- and then lost -- the winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket -- has several arrests on her rap sheet, including convictions for assault and credit card fraud. In addition, Elecia Battle is using an alias and has falsely claimed to be married to the man with whom she now lives.Battle, whose real name is Elecia Dickson, apparently has borrowed the surname of boyfriend James Battle. ...
Jan 6, 2004, 5:56 pm - Lottery News forum

Woman Sues to Block $162 Million Payout
A hospital worker came forward Tuesday and collected a $162 million lottery jackpot, and another woman who told authorities she bought the winning ticket but lost it has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt any payout to the winner.Rebecca Jemison, 34, of suburban South Euclid, turned in the ticket for the 11-state Mega Millions jackpot at Ohio Lottery headquarters. The lottery validated it Tuesday as the sole winning ticket for the drawing.The woman with the competing claim, Elecia Battle, filed a l ...
Jan 6, 2004, 5:03 pm - Lottery News forum

$175,000 Mega Millions Ticket Dispute
Two traders for the Chicago Board Options Exchange filed a police complaint Friday against a trading clerk who they claim pocketed their $175,000 Mega Millions lottery ticket this week.But a family friend says she doesn't believe the clerk, whom she has known for 22 years, could have stolen anything. She's a very honest, trustworthy person, said Carole Masterson, whose brother is the father of the clerk's two children. I don't think she'd do something like this. She's not stupid. Traders, iden ...
Jan 3, 2004, 9:08 pm - Lottery News forum

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