Tech industry sets its sights on gambling
Look out Las Vegas, here comes FarmVille.
Silicon Valley is betting that online gambling is its next billion-dollar business, with developers across the industry turning casual games into occasions for adults to wager.
At the moment these games are aimed overseas, where attitudes toward gambling are more relaxed and online betting is generally legal, and extremely lucrative. But game companies, from small teams to Facebook and Zynga, have their eye on the ultimate prize: the rich American ...
Feb 18, 2013, 11:46 am - Lottery News forum
Plea deal settles N.Y. lottery ticket trial; immigrant will get $2.5M
A plea agreement Friday in Rockland County Court has ended the case involving a Spring Valley, New York, immigrant's $3 million lottery ticket and three men accused of trying to steal a portion of it.
Elfido DeLaRoca will get about $2.5 million before taxes over the next 15 years, while the three men will avoid jail on a theft charge. One of the men will get $300,000 from the winnings.
DeLaRoca, 45, a Guatemalan national living with his fiancee and daughter, bought the $10 scratch-off tick ...
Feb 16, 2013, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Treasurer considers blocking move to private lottery operator
As more details emerge about the contract for private management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, the state treasurer says he's more concerned, not less, about the legality of the contract.
State Treasurer Rob McCord has previously indicated he'll use his authority to withhold payments to the private Lottery manager if he deems it necessary. And he says he's not heard anything to put his mind at ease.
I haven't made the final decision yet, but right now I certainly am taking a look at this wi ...
Jan 25, 2013, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Is the future of the Mass. Lottery online?
Includes audio report
Massachusetts has the highest per capita spending on the lottery, and the Massachusetts State Lottery raked in almost $1 billion in net profit last year.
And yet, some state officials say there's an imminent threat to the Massachusetts lottery internet gambling. State Treasurer Steve Grossman wants to beat both the federal government and private gambling companies to the punch. He plans to ask the Legislature to change state law so that the Massachusetts lottery can g ...
Jan 10, 2013, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. considers expanding lottery gambling to Web
The administration of Gov. Tom Corbett said Friday that expanding Pennsylvania Lottery gambling to keno and online games will be one of the best ways to produce more revenue from the $3.5 billion lottery system that funds programs for the elderly.
The administration made the statement as part of an update on its talks with companies about privatizing the management of the $3.5 billion lottery system under a 20-year agreement.
Asked about it Friday, Corbett would only say that the ideas are ...
Nov 12, 2012, 1:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowan gets probation for stealing lottery tickets
A former Kanawha, Iowa, convenience store worker has been given a deferred judgment after stealing lottery tickets from her employer.
Kimberly M. Bates, 40, Kanawha, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, a Class D felony, in Hancock County District Court. Bates must serve three years probation and pay $1,039 in victim restitution.
If the Iowa Department of Corrections deems it appropriate, she must also undergo mental health treatment.
An additional charge of lottery forgery or fraud w ...
Oct 24, 2012, 8:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Trial begins for man linked to double-murder by lottery tickets
A Chicago man accused of fatally shooting a cashier and customer inside a Southwest Side convenience store in 2005 almost got away with it, but a trail that started with lottery tickets he'd purchased moments before the killings ultimately led police to him, prosecutors said Tuesday as the man's double-murder trial got underway.
Timothy Fountain, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the August 2005 shooting deaths of clerk Graciela Rodriguez, 37, and Nicholas Guerrero, ...
Oct 24, 2012, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner indicted on 31 counts
Days after a Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, woman sought permission to subpoena Frederick Rick McMenimen's bank records, the former Exeter financial adviser sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, court records show.
The bankruptcy claim essentially halted Susan Wagstaff's lawsuit seeking to recoup $900,000 that she claims McMenimen took from her under the ruse that he was investing the money.
It also stopped legal action connected to another $1.5 million civil judgment against McMenimen fo ...
Oct 10, 2012, 7:32 am - Lottery News forum
Pool of McDonald's workers claims Mega Millions fraud
14 fast-food employees say co-worker tricked state lotto to avoid sharing winnings
A group of 14 McDonald's employees from the Baltimore, Maryland, area are still convinced they were winners in the massive $656 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing earlier this year despite being told otherwise by lottery officials and are claiming that a co-worker defrauded the Maryland Lottery to avoid sharing a payout with them.
On Sept. 19, the group filed a civil lawsuit against their co-worker, Mirla ...
Sep 29, 2012, 11:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery investigator testifies she urged illegal immigrant to keep, sign $3M ticket
Testimony continued on Friday in a trial over a $3 million New York lottery ticket.
(See Opening statements in $3M NY lottery ticket trial, Lottery Post, Sep. 20, 2012.)
A New York State Lottery Commission investigator testified Friday that she urged an illegal immigrant living in Spring Valley to keep his signature on a $3 million scratch-off ticket rather than let someone else take ownership.
When Elfido DeLaRoca, 45, of Spring Valley came back to her five months later in July 2011 sa ...
Sep 29, 2012, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum