Woman who gave away lotto ticket won't give up
Emily Leach, who won a million-dollar jackpot in California last January, said she is hoping to fight the state lottery's decision stopping her from collecting a second jackpot of $260,000 winnings that came from a ticket Leach has famously claimed she accidentally gave away to a stranger in March.
(See Generous former lottery winner says she accidentally gave away second winning ticket, Lottery Post, Mar. 27, 2012.)
A lottery official informed her that we gave the check to the man in June ...
Aug 20, 2012, 5:45 am - 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
Mich. lottery winner to plead guilty to felony firearm charges
Man previously under fire for claiming welfare benefits after lottery win
A Williams Township, Michigan, man who had nearly $1 million in cash two years ago and is now destitute and charged with four firearm-related felonies is set to accept a plea deal in Bay County Circuit Court.
Leroy N. Fick, 60, is scheduled to make his plea before Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Schmidt at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 4. Court records show that prosecutors have offered to dismiss two counts of felony firearm if Fick ...
Jul 26, 2012, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery winner convicted of welfare fraud gets probation
The Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who made national headlines for continuing to accept food stamp benefits after winning $1 million on a Michigan Lottery game show was sentenced today in Wayne County Circuit Court to nine months of probation.
Amanda Clayton, 25, won the money on the show Make me Rich! last year and took home more than $700,000 after taxes. She was charged in April with two felony counts of welfare fraud failure to inform for not alerting the state Department of Human Services ...
Jul 24, 2012, 4:51 pm - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery winner jailed for benefit fraud
A man who won nearly 5 million (US$7.8 million) in the UK National Lottery, but fraudulently claimed about 13,000 (US$20,200) in benefits, has been jailed for nine months.
Edward Putman, 46, who was convicted of rape in 1993, won the life-changing sum in September 2009.
But he continued applying for housing benefit and income support and even wrote to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and his local council claiming he was broke and could not even afford to eat.
In reality he wa ...
Jul 24, 2012, 10:13 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
Iowa Lottery releases names of 'Shipping 20' Powerball winners
Iowa Lottery officials have released the names of the 20 Quaker Oats plant workers in Cedar Rapids who recently claimed a share of a $241 million Powerball jackpot.
Lottery CEO Terry Rich issued a statement Friday identifying the 18 men and two women who claimed a $5.6 million share of the prize money last month under the legal umbrella of The Shipping 20 trust.
Lawyers for the trust told Lottery officials June 19 that the members of The Shipping 20 wanted their names to remain confidentia ...
Jul 6, 2012, 1:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Rhode Island lottery winner hits jackpot one day after son wins $1,000
Perhaps there's luck in their genes.
A man from East Providence, Rhode Island, has claimed more than $180,000 in lottery winnings, a day after his son won $1,000 in a different game.
Rhode Island Lottery officials say the man on Monday claimed the $180,599 jackpot from the Wild Money game's Saturday night drawing. He was accompanied to lottery headquarters in Cranston by his wife and son, who had just won $1,000 of his own on an instant ticket on Friday.
Lottery officials didn't release ...
Jul 4, 2012, 2:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery on the verge of revealing names of 'Shipping 20' winners
The mystery Iowa winners of a $241 million Powerball jackpot could have their identities unveiled as soon as Friday morning, say state officials.
The Iowa Lottery last month paid the biggest jackpot prize in state history to the 20 winners, a group of Quaker Oats workers from Cedar Rapids known as the Shipping 20. But their names weren't released. It was the first time since the state lottery was established in 1985 that a jackpot winner hadn't been identified.
However, Iowa Lottery Chief ...
Jul 4, 2012, 1:15 pm - Lottery News forum