Homeless S.C. man hits it big
A Greenville, South Carolina man living at a rescue mission after falling on hard times said he now has a chance at a new home after winning $200,000.
South Carolina Education Lottery officials said the man bought a $10 scratch-off ticket that revealed he was a winner. The man told lottery officials he has lived in Greenville his entire life and used to work construction jobs but after hard times hit, he's been living at a rescue mission.
He bought the winning ticket at Simons Liquors Inc. ...
Oct 21, 2012, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
NY brothers claim $5M win from '06 lottery ticket
Two brothers kept quiet for six years about the $5 million winning lottery ticket they'd bought at their parents' store in Syracuse.
Andy N. Ashkar, 34, of Camillus, and his brother, Nayel N. Ashkar, 36, of Cicero, came forward March 1 of this year to claim the $5 million top prize in the $500,000,000 Extravaganza scratch-off game, lottery officials said.
That was 11 days before the prize would've expired.
It's unusual, highly unusual, lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman said Tuesday o ...
Oct 17, 2012, 9:24 am - 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
Opening statements in $3M NY lottery ticket trial
A Rockland prosecutor today told a jury that an illegal immigrant's $3 million lottery dream was foiled by three conspiring men, while their lawyers contended the Spring Valley man created a nightmare for their clients with falsehoods to back out of contracts to share the winnings.
The jury listened to opening statements at the start of a trial for Hickory Street store clerk Atif Ali, 28, of Spring Valley, store owner Riaz Khan, 45, and Mubeen Ashraf, 23, both of Monroe.
They are charged w ...
Sep 20, 2012, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Florida woman hits for $10M on lottery scratch-off
A Coral Springs, Florida, woman has claimed a $10 million lottery win the largest haul of the year so far in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Tara Tuttle, 35, of Coral Springs, claimed the $10 million top prize in the Billion Dollar Blockbuster Scratch-off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Her ticket cost $20.
Despite the high cost of scratch tickets like the one claimed by Tuttle, Lottery officials note that scratch-off payback is about 70 percent compared to 50 percent ...
Sep 17, 2012, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
California Lottery investigating $1M payout
The California Lottery has not yet released $1 million that a Dinuba man reportedly won in a Scratcher game.
In late June Luis Osejo was identified as the new millionaire. He has yet to receive the money. Nor has the merchant who sold the winning ticket, Brain Park of Downtown Dinuba Market, received his $5,000 check from the Lottery.
Russ Lopez, deputy director for corporate communications with the California Lottery in Sacramento, verified that the winnings have not been paid because the ...
Aug 30, 2012, 2:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland lottery player gets lucky 4 times this summer for $101K
Donald Donnie Cole III thought he was lucky when he survived a brain aneurysm in 1999. But little did he know that his good fortune would continue.
Cole, 52, of Brookeville, Maryland, is convinced he is the luckiest man alive, after recently winning $101,000 playing the Maryland State Lottery.
Cole, who said he buys lottery tickets almost every day from the Shell gas station in Olney, won $50,000 on a $20 Big Money Mega Play scratch-off ticket on June 26.
It was a stunning feeling, he ...
Aug 23, 2012, 9:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. man keeps mistake lottery ticket, wins $1 million
A Taunton, Massachusetts, man was on the right side of a million dollar mistake, when a scratch ticket game he didn't want to play turned out to be a winner.
Richard Brown, 60, came in to the Gulf in Taunton last Monday, as he had several times in the past, looking for a $5 Blue Ice 7s ticket. This time, the distracted clerk gave him a Sizzling Sevens scratcher, another $5 game, by mistake, said lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan.
Instead of demanding the right ticket, Brown decided he was ...
Aug 20, 2012, 5:12 am - Lottery News forum
Court: Police can collect $1M lottery prize
The police in Medford, Oregon, can collect much of a $1 million prize from the Oregon Lottery that came from a scratch ticket bought with a dead woman's credit card, Oregon's appeals court has ruled.
Oregon allows police to keep money seized in criminal activity. The winnings were awarded to the police when Christina Elizabeth Goodenow, 45, pleaded no contest to using the card that belonged to her boyfriend's mother said.
For starters, Chief Tim George said, the windfall will be used to ex ...
Jul 13, 2012, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. man charged with stealing $1M lottery ticket
By Todd Northrop
Less than two weeks after a North Carolina community college student smiled for the cameras and cashed in on a winning $1 million lotto ticket, police say it wasn't hers to claim.
It's honestly just luck, Mikala Fields said as she accepted her prize July 2. You actually can win.
But luck had nothing to do with it, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery investigation. The Lottery accused Fields of conspiring with her husband, Sean Mewherter, who works at the l ...
Jul 12, 2012, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum