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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

Lost and found? $1.4M lottery ticket winds up in court
On Sept. 16, 2002, a New Jersey Pick 6 lottery ticket was sold from the Sunshine Grocery store in Hoboken. The numbers, randomly generated as a quick pick, proved to be the very lucky indeed. But a court will have to decide for whom.Several days after the ticket was sold, a brother and sister from Union City presented the lone winning ticket in the $4 million drawing to the New Jersey Lottery Commission in Trenton. Ecstatic at their good fortune but uncertain of their English (they are from Pu ...
Oct 30, 2003, 5:16 am - Lottery News forum

Home-schooling advocates debate legality of lottery
State Attorney General Paul Summers has been asked to rule if Tennessee's lottery-funded scholarship program is unconstitutional for making home-schooled students meet higher standards to receive a scholarship than formally educated students. State Rep. Glen Casada, R-College Grove, made the request Wednesday. He said requiring home-schooled students to score a minimum of 23 on their ACT to qualify while other students must score only a 19 is discriminatory and unfair. Proponents of a lottery di ...
Oct 24, 2003, 3:57 am - Lottery News forum

Lotto Wife: He Left Me
The Melville, New York woman who hit a $25 million New York Lotto jackpot in February has spoken publicly for the first time and said that contrary to her estranged husband's claims, she didn't run out on him and it was he who left her.Connie Parker, 74, who has been married to Kenneth Parker, 77, for 16 years, said that before her husband filed for divorce in May, he emptied their safe deposit box, taking their bankbook, her passport, her birth certificate and other legal papers. I am hurt. I a ...
Oct 23, 2003, 3:59 am - Lottery News forum

Cabbies win share of Big Game jackpot
A former Atlanta cabbie says the nearly $2 million he was awarded from a disputed Big Game lottery pot is a bittersweet victory.While Patrick Atakora is an instant millionaire on paper, he and five co-defendants who each were awarded $346,357 by Fulton County Superior Court still face the challenge of collecting the money.On Tuesday, a jury found Atakora and five other West African cabdrivers in Atlanta were denied their fair share of the winnings, which were distributed to 23 other drivers. The ...
Oct 23, 2003, 3:46 am - Lottery News forum

High Court OKs Lottery Worker's Prosecution
Massachusetts' high court cleared the way Tuesday for the prosecution of a septuagenarian former Lottery worker accused of stealing money and lottery tickets from the agency.The Supreme Judicial Court overruled a lower court decision that suppressed incriminating comments made by Maxine Sneed, then 70, when she was questioned in her home in 1999 by a state police officer and a lottery investigator.Because she was not in custody, the court ruled, the investigators did not need to read Sneed her M ...
Oct 16, 2003, 3:40 am - Lottery News forum