Texas man charged in Iowa lottery case contests extradition
A Texas businessman accused of helping a lottery security official to try to claim a rigged $14 million jackpot is out of jail while he fights extradition to Iowa.
Robert Rhodes, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, left a county jail after posting bond April 9, three weeks after his arrest on two counts of fraud, court records show. He's expected to contest his extradition to Iowa during a May 7 hearing and is under electronic monitoring in the meantime.
Rhodes is denying charges that he worked with ...
Apr 20, 2015, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Texas couple both dead after argument over $500 lottery ticket win
A winning scratch-off lottery ticket worth $500 prompted an argument between a couple in their Fort Worth, Texas, home that ended with both dying of gunshot wounds, officials said on Tuesday.
Fort Worth police said Terry Martin shot his long-time girlfriend, Laurice Hampton, and then shot himself early on Saturday morning in the master bedroom of the house they had shared for several years.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office ruled on Tuesday that Martin had committed suicide and ...
Apr 1, 2015, 7:22 am - Lottery News forum
Final share of $564 million Powerball jackpot claimed in Texas
$127 million paid out to Austin trust to avoid publicity
By Todd Northrop
The Powerball jackpot-winning ticket sold in Texas for the historic Feb. 11 drawing has been claimed.
TL Management Trust, Andrew Weber, Trustee of Austin claimed the $127,046,150.05 Cash Value Option prize from the $564.1 million jackpot at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin Friday. The claimant requested minimal publicity.
The ticket was purchased at the Appletree Food Mart, located at 893 E. Princeton Driv ...
Mar 7, 2015, 9:37 am - Lottery News forum
Bill would allow Texas Lottery winners to pay for anonymity
Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow big lottery winners to keep their identity a secret, but they would have to pay for that privilege.
Right now, Texas Lottery winners are not allowed to remain anonymous. In some cases, individuals have established a trust or turned their winning ticket over to a trust to claim the prize for them. But, Texas law requires that someone come forward to participate in a news conference and collect the money.
House Bill 1504 would change th ...
Feb 18, 2015, 9:37 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery has its best week of scratch-off sales in 23-year history
Scratch-off sales for last week totaled nearly $76 million
Last week, the Texas Lottery had its highest scratch-off ticket sales in the Lottery's 23-year history.
Sales for scratch-off games totaled $75,677,650 beating the previous record of $75,360,138 set in March 2013.
We are thrilled with last week's scratch-off sales as revenue generated from these games benefits public education and veterans in Texas, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. When Texans are playi ...
Feb 10, 2015, 10:23 am - Lottery News forum
$14.5M Texas Lotto jackpot claimed
Winner requested minimal publicity
The winning ticket for the $14.5 million New Year's Eve Lotto Texas drawing was claimed today at the Texas Lottery's headquarters in Austin.
Brandi Jackson of Cypress, Texas, selected the cash value option and will receive the prize in one lump sum payment of $10,392,246.79.
On behalf of the Texas Lottery, I want to congratulate Brandi on this exciting win and start of the new year, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission. ...
Jan 5, 2015, 4:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Players seek $250 million from Texas Lottery contractor
More than 500 players of a lottery scratch-off card filed suit against the game's developer seeking about $250 million in contested prize money.
Confusion over the rules led many to believe they had winning tickets, but those tickets were not honored by the state. The suit contends that the lottery's contractor, GTECH Corporation, owes prize money to the players because they wrote the rules and programmed the scanners to identify the winners.
GTECH Corporation spokeswoman Angela Wiczek sai ...
Dec 16, 2014, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery Director joins Lottery Industry Hall of Fame
Public Gaming Research Institute has inducted Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, to its Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries conference in Atlantic City.
I want to congratulate Executive Director Grief for his much-deserved honor, said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission. Gary's knowledge, experience and leadership are key elements to the continued success ...
Oct 8, 2014, 4:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Is it game over for the Texas Lottery?
Some Texas lawmakers say it may be time to scratch out the lottery.
More than two decades after Texas voters legalized the game of chance in the state, a group of lawmakers will soon start reviewing whether to end at multibillion-dollar industry that pumps more than $1 billion a year into schools.
Critics say they fear that the game financially hurts some of the most vulnerable Texans and doesn't do enough to help the state. Supporters disagree and question where $1 billion a year can be f ...
Aug 2, 2014, 8:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Legislative committee to discuss killing the Texas Lottery
The Texas Legislature's discussions about eliminating the state lottery are moving forward.
House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday announced his appointments to the Legislative Committee to Review the Texas Lottery and Texas Lottery Commission, a new panel charged with studying the ramifications of ending the lottery, along with examining charitable bingo and how its revenue is distributed.
The appointees include three Harris County lawmakers, one of whom is a vocal lottery critic.
Jul 25, 2014, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum