States up the online ante
The director of the New York State lottery said a few months ago he had cleared hurdles in his quest to sell lottery tickets over the Internet, but now that plan is stalling.
When the U.S. Justice Department in December narrowed its interpretation of the 50-year-old Wire Act, saying it banned only sports betting and not other forms of online gambling, the decision sparked hope in state capitals that lotteries could start selling tickets online and lead a charge into online gambling.
But th ...
Apr 30, 2012, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner who kept cashing welfare checks charged with fraud
A Michigan lottery winner was charged with fraud Tuesday for collecting food stamps and public health insurance despite pocketing a $735,000 jackpot.
Amanda Clayton, 25, was silent during a brief court hearing after spending a night in jail. A not-guilty plea was entered, and her lawyer vowed to fight the charges.
Clayton is the second person in Michigan caught with food stamps despite newly minted wealth. Gov. Rick Snyder last week signed a law requiring the lottery to notify the Human Se ...
Apr 17, 2012, 7:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions winner forced to split jackpot with co-workers
For one New Jersey lottery winner looking to keep a Mega Millions jackpot all to himself, luck ran out today.
Americo Lopes, who took home a $24 million jackpot three years ago, must surrender $20 million of that bounty to five former coworkers after a civil jury found he cheated the men out of their rightful share of the winnings.
On Nov. 10, 2009, two winning Mega Millions tickets were claimed from a $77 million jackpot, one of which Lopes had, leaving him with $38.5 million. He chose a ...
Mar 15, 2012, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
NJ man sued over $38.5M lottery ticket
A trail is underway in the case of a New Jersey construction worker who is being sued by his former co-workers after cashing in a $38.5 million lottery ticket.
Americo Lopes and five co-workers participated in a weekly lottery pool starting in 2007 where they worked at Berto Construction, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Each participant contributed $2 to the pool and Lopes would buy the tickets. Lopes also played the lottery independently from the pool.
On November 10, 2009, tw ...
Mar 14, 2012, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Jury awards jailed illegal alien $750,000 lottery ticket
After deliberating only 35 minutes Thursday, a Houston County jury awarded ownership of a $750,000 lottery ticket to an illegal alien who claimed he was taken advantage of by the man he had worked for as a day laborer.
Jose Antonio Tony Cua-Toc, 27, a native of Guatemala who entered the country illegally in 2000, had filed a lawsuit against Erick Cervantes, a Fort Valley business owner who claimed the winning Jingle Jumbo Bucks lottery ticket from Georgia lottery officials.
(See Illegal al ...
Mar 14, 2012, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Feds seize gambling site Bodog, indict founder
The sports gambling site Bodog was shut down and four Canadians indicted, including founder Calvin Ayre, for illegal gambling that generated more than $100 million in winnings, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
The website's domain name was seized Monday and the indictments, which were returned Feb. 22, were unveiled Tuesday in Baltimore, prosecutors said.
The indictments follow federal prosecutions last year of three of the biggest websites involved in online poker. More than 75 comp ...
Feb 29, 2012, 7:19 am - Lottery News forum
Woman wants part of estranged husband's lotto jackpot
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The winner of a $34.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot wants to remain anonymous, but a woman who claims to be his estranged wife is demanding a piece of the prize.
The lottery winner, whose name was not released, came forward Friday morning and took a lump sum of $15.9 million, lottery officials said.
The winning ticket was sold in Shelbyville at the Smokers Host store at 903 S. Harrison St.
Ericka Prather, of Shelbyville, said she and lotto winner James Prather g ...
Feb 28, 2012, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
Judge rules man has no right to ex-girlfriend's lottery winnings
A Seminole County, Florida, man who sued his ex-girlfriend for half of her $1 million Florida Lottery winnings went away empty-handed Tuesday, her attorney said.
After 1 days of testimony, Circuit Judge Alan Dickey ruled in favor of defendant Lynn Anne Poirier in what's known as a directed verdict meaning the plaintiff's case was deemed legally insufficient.
Howard Browning, who is unemployed, and Poirier, a Seminole County special-education teacher for more than three decades, had lived t ...
Feb 8, 2012, 10:57 am - Lottery News forum
$14.3 million Hot Lotto prize claim withdrawn
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Someone really doesn't want to be a multimillionaire.
Crawford Shaw, the enigmatic 76-year-old New York attorney who represented a trust attempting to claim a Hot Lotto jackpot worth as much as $14.3 million, abruptly withdrew any claim to the money Thursday evening.
Apparently even Shaw doesn't know the identity of the person or persons behind Hexham Investments Trust, the group that sought the prize. Shaw told Iowa Lottery officials that the trust was a corporati ...
Jan 27, 2012, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Three women vying for ownership of $1 million lottery ticket
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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