Three women vying for ownership of $1 million lottery ticket
Includes video report
A winning $1 million lottery ticket picked out of a gas station trash can has become the subject of a three-way legal battle in Arkansas.
Sharon Jones was at a Super One Stop in July 2011 in Bebee, Ark., when she went to a trash bin to pick up a handful of discarded lottery tickets, as she had done many times before, according to her attorneys.
A program through the lottery commission website allows people to register non-winning tickets for points that they can us ...
Jan 26, 2012, 9:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Lawyer gives up $14 million Iowa lottery ticket claim
Strangest winner story ever? Lawyer sacrifices $14 million jackpot to prevent lottery from learning the winner's identity
The New York lawyer who tried to redeem a multi-million dollar lottery ticket in Iowa last month only to have his claim called into question by officials demanding to know who he represented is giving up the quest for the jackpot.
Crawford Shaw, 76, said on Thursday he was withdrawing his claim to a Hot Lotto ticket worth up to $14.3 million because I'm not going to arg ...
Jan 26, 2012, 8:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery threatens to deny jackpot payout if winner stays anonymous
Unprecidented move by lottery may include criminal investigation
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
Iowa Lottery officials have set a 3 p.m. Friday deadline for the mystery winner of a multi-million dollar Hot Lotto jackpot to reveal themselves or their claim on the prize will be denied.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich talks about the Friday deadline for an unclaimed Hot Lotto jackpot during a press conference Monday afternoon. (Rodney White/The Register)
The mysterious winner or ...
Jan 23, 2012, 10:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Hot Lotto trust representative won't name winner
Iowa Lottery investigators may not recommend paying out jackpot
An Iowa Lottery spokeswoman says a New York attorney behind the jackpot mystery didn't answer key questions during their meeting Tuesday.
She said Shaw also refused to identify members of Hexam Investments Trust, which would get the proceeds and is being represented by Shaw as its trustee.
Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said Thursday Crawford Shaw declined to reveal who bought the winning ticket and how he got it. She sa ...
Jan 20, 2012, 12:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Representative of Hot Lotto winner named in lawsuit
The case of the most mysterious jackpot winner in the history of the Iowa Lottery got even more convoluted Thursday.
The attorney who represents a trust attempting to claim a multimillion-dollar Hot Lotto jackpot faces legal troubles in Delaware, court documents show.
Crawford Shaw, who is trying to claim a jackpot worth much as $14.2 million on behalf of his client, Hexam Investments Trust, is being sued over his involvement in a now-bankrupt company called Industrial Enterprises of Ameri ...
Jan 20, 2012, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
NY lawyer in lottery mystery travels to Iowa this week
A New York attorney who signed a winning Lottery ticket turned in minutes before the deadline says he'll be in Iowa this week to explain the mysterious circumstances behind the jackpot.
Crawford Shaw said he expected to arrive in Iowa on Monday night and spend a few days meeting with his lawyers and Iowa Lottery officials. He says he hopes to get everything straightened out.
Shaw is representing a trust that turned in the winning Hot Lotto ticket on Dec. 29 less than two hours before the ...
Jan 17, 2012, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Mich. lottery winner burns through money, gets jail time for drugs
A Williams Township, Michigan, lottery winner will be spending about the next month and a half behind bars for illegally possessing a prescription painkiller.
Isabella County Trial Court Judge Mark H. Duthie on Thursday sentenced Leroy N. Fick, 59, to 45 days in jail with credit for three days served. Upon release, he will serve one year of probation and must also pay several court fines and costs.
Fick was late in appearing for the 2 p.m. hearing in Duthie's courtroom and had to be picked ...
Jan 14, 2012, 1:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery hopes to sell tickets online in '3 to 4 months'
Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones said Monday that he hopes the state will begin selling lottery tickets online in the next three to four months.
Officials have long wanted to take the lottery to the web, and the path was cleared Friday with the release of a U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that supports state-regulated online gambling.
(See Ruling by Justice Dept. opens a door on online gambling, Lottery Post, Dec. 25, 2011.)
State lawmakers in 2009 approved a massi ...
Dec 26, 2011, 10:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Ruling by Justice Dept. opens a door on online gambling
2012 may the year of widespread Internet lottery ticket sales
The Justice Department has reversed its long-held opposition to many forms of Internet gambling, removing a big legal obstacle for states that want to sanction online gambling to help fix their budget deficits.
The legal opinion, issued by the department's office of legal counsel in September but made public on Friday, came in response to requests by New York and Illinois to clarify whether the Wire Act of 1961, which prohibits ...
Dec 25, 2011, 2:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Four years after drawing fiasco, Tenn. Lottery settles with tech firms
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has received nearly $1 million from a pair of technology companies it blamed for software glitches that resulted in the sale of about $2 million worth of unwinnable tickets in 2007.
(See Tennessee Lottery computerized drawings flawed since inception, Lottery Post, Aug. 21, 2007.)
The computer program that Smartplay International and Gaming Laboratories International came up with for games such as Cash 3 and Cash 4 was flawed and resulted in thousands o ...
Dec 17, 2011, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum