Dropping out of lottery pool costs teacher millions
Dave Johnston is kicking himself for pulling out of a lottery pool that's about to cash in a lucky ticket for $30 million.
The steam-fitting instructor at Red Deer College in central Alberta, Canada, used to play regularly with plumbing teachers he sat with in the school's lunchroom every day.
But he pulled out over a year ago.
It's hard to stay in, said Johnston, who added he kept putting in his cash but the pool wasn't winning big. He eventually decided it just wasn't going to happen ...
Nov 25, 2011, 3:10 am - Lottery News forum
Man dropped from lottery syndicate wins share in court
A Melbourne, Austrailia, accountant has won his share of an $867,000 Tattslotto first division prize, three years after he was dropped from a 10-member Big Kahuna house syndicate.
A thrilled Danny Watson and his legal team beamed outside court after a magistrate found a newsagent and his company guilty of false and misleading conduct over the handling of the syndicate.
The magistrate said Mr Watson, a regular participant in the Fitzroy agency's system 17 entry, was entitled to damages of $ ...
Nov 13, 2011, 11:47 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery game was sure-thing for a few groups
Massachusetts Lottery officials this summer said they were surprised to learn that a handful of high-stakes gamblers had taken over one of their $2 games, with just three groups of bettors accounting for most of the winning tickets statewide at certain times. The lottery disciplined two sales agents who allowed the high-rollers to run the ticket machines themselves and announced new rules to limit the dominance of sophisticated bettors.
But the Globe has found that lottery managers for years ...
Oct 16, 2011, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio man sues for share of $99M lottery jackpot
An employee of a Geauga County cabinetry company has sued 22 of his co-workers for denying him a share of a $99 million lottery jackpot.
And, last week, a judge ordered the Ohio Lottery Commission to set aside about $2 million until Edward Hairston's claim is resolved in a trial.
Hairston contends that every month for eight years he pitched $5 into a lottery pool with co-workers at the KraftMaid company in Middlefield. While recuperating from a back injury, however, he failed to make contr ...
Sep 4, 2011, 5:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Workers win the lottery one day after being laid off
Group of manufacturing employees will split $7 million prize
Includes video report
In Canada, a group of employees at an Ottawa manufacturing plant say they won the $7 million Lotto 6/49 prize Wednesday, the same day their company announced massive layoffs.
Eighteen employees at SMART technologies including 10 who got layoff notices on Wednesday were part of the group of winners, according to Colin Willard, one of the ticket holders.
Willard, who worked at SMART for seven years, was ...
Aug 16, 2011, 10:10 pm - Lottery News forum
22 Ohio co-workers share $99M Mega Millions jackpot
By Todd Northrop
A lucky group of 22 co-workers were at the Ohio Lottery's Youngstown office Monday to claim their share of last week's $99 million Mega Millions jackpot.
The Ohio lottery said most of the 22 work for KraftMaid in Jefferson, Ashtabula County, midway between Cleveland and Youngstown. The majority of the winners work together in the logistics and customer service departments at the cabinet making company. The group has been playing the lottery for several years.
Each winne ...
Aug 9, 2011, 9:41 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery closes loophole after big wins
It was great while it lasted, for the few who knew the trick and had the money to take advantage of it.
A lottery game in Massachusetts, known as Cash WinFall, had a quirk in it. Every three months or so, if the WinFall jackpot exceeded $2 million but nobody picked all six of the randomly-chosen winning numbers, the money in the jackpot pool would go to people who picked only four or five correct numbers.
The Massachusetts Lottery said the odds of picking all six numbers were 1 in 9,366,81 ...
Aug 3, 2011, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum
Canada couple loses out on $1.64M jackpot
Judge's ruling ends an Alberta couple's bid for a share of a 2007 Super 7 lottery jackpot
Relying on their friends to ensure they were covered for a lottery pool has cost an Alberta, Canada, couple $1.64 million, a judge has ruled.
In a written decision released Wednesday, Justice Suzanne Bensler said Michael and Catherine Clancy of Okotoks, Alta., weren't entitled to a percentage of a Nov. 23, 2007, $20 million jackpot.
The plaintiffs' story is sad, Bensler said, in concluding the 21 ...
Jul 14, 2011, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum
20 N.Y. Costco workers share $202M Powerball lottery jackpot
The 20 oversized checks, each made out for $201.9 million, seemed appropriate for these lottery winners.
A group of 20 Long Island Costco employees calling themselves the 1937 Flatbush Avenue Dodgers stepped forward Thursday in the parking lot of the big box store where they work to claim first prize in a June 1 Powerball jackpot.
The winners, who opted to take a lump sum payout, will share $70.2 million after taxes, New York state Lottery officials said.
Kim Karkota, one of two winners ...
Jun 17, 2011, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
U.S. lawmaker hits the lottery
Lady Luck smiled on a few House members last year.
New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone claimed nearly $25,000 in lottery winnings in 2010, according to the latest yearly disclosure forms filed with the House of Representatives.
Likewise, Rep. Dave Reichert, a Washington state Republican, won somewhere in the range $200 to $1,000 during a trip to the Snoqualmie Casino outside Seattle.
Mr. Pallone, a Democrat, owes his haul to his dad. The congressman and his brother pool their money with their ...
Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum