Judge orders new trial in Arkansas lottery ticket suit
An Arkansas judge on Thursday ordered a new trial to decide who can claim a $1 million scratch-off lottery ticket prize, a little more than three weeks after he ruled that a woman who said she bought the ticket but mistakenly discarded it was entitled to the money.
White County Circuit Judge Thomas Hughes ruled May 1 that Sharon Duncan should get the prize money, not two other women involved in the case. Hughes ordered the new trial in a one-paragraph ruling that did not elaborate on his reas ...
May 25, 2012, 7:18 am - Lottery News forum
Woman accuses son of taking $51 million lottery ticket
A California woman has sued her son and accused him of making off with her $51 million Mega Millions lottery ticket, and then racking up expenses on houses, cars, and cash gifts.
The legal dispute between Etta May Urquhart, 76, and her son Ronnie Orender, who had been a truck driver, centers on who owns the ticket. She admits he signed it, but she is the one who lottery officials acknowledge bought the slip of paper.
In May 2011, Urquhart went to her local Mobil gas station in Bakersfield, ...
May 6, 2012, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas woman loses bid for $1M lottery ticket picked from trash
An Arkansas woman who cashed a $1 million lottery ticket may have to give up the winnings to a woman who threw away the ticket after she bought it, according to a judge's ruling Tuesday.
The judge decided that Sharon Duncan was entitled to the prize money, not Sharon Jones, who claimed the prize money after she took the ticket from a trash can of discarded lottery tickets at a convenience store in Beebe, a city about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Jones' attorney, James Simpson, said h ...
May 1, 2012, 10:49 pm - Lottery News forum
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.
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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