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Lawmaker: Alabama lottery bill 'dead' for session

May 23, 2019, 11:48 am ET

An Alabama lottery bill is defunct for the legislative session, a key lawmaker said Wednesday.

"It's dead for this session. It won't be coming back this session," said Republican Rep. Steve Clouse, who was shepherding the bill in the House of Representatives.

The bill hit a politically fatal mix of conservative opposition to gambling and liberals' feuds over electronic gambling and how to use lottery revenue. Clouse said they do not have the 63 bipartisan votes needed to pass the measure in the 105-member House of Representatives.

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Massachusetts man pleads guilty in lottery tax fraud scheme

May 22, 2019, 6:25 pm ET

A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in a scheme to buy millions of dollars' worth of winning Massachusetts State Lottery tickets at a discount to help the ticket holders avoid taxes, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Clarance Jones, 80, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was arrested last fall and charged with tax fraud and filing false tax returns. Law enforcement authorities alleged he used a "10-percenting" ploy to become the nation's top lottery winner.

Under the scam, ticket holders sold the winning tickets to Jones for less than face value. He presented them to the lottery as his own, and collected the full winnings. Jones reported the winnings on his tax returns, but offset them with purported gambling losses.


Lottery bill stalls in Alabama House

May 22, 2019, 10:58 am ET

Bill stalls on partisan vote, with most Democrats voting against it

Alabama lawmakers Tuesday rejected a plan to allow voters to decide whether to establish a state lottery, a question that was last on the ballot 20 years ago.

Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who is handling the bill in the House of Representatives, initially said it could be reconsidered Tuesday night or Wednesday. Clouse later said the bill was not coming up again Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

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Florida Lottery winner of $1M among suspects rounded up in major drug bust

May 20, 2019, 10:54 am ET

Last week, a 27-year-old Florida woman who in 2018 collected a $1 million lottery prize was among more than 20 suspects apprehended by police in a major drug bust.

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World Lottery Association president urges veto of warning labels

May 20, 2019, 9:45 am ET

Florida's first lottery secretary called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto legislation placing warning labels on tickets.

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Lottery winner can seek bigger prize at trial, judge rules

May 17, 2019, 12:01 pm ET

A judge has ordered a trial in a lawsuit filed by Iowa lottery winner Larry Dawson, who contends a $9 million jackpot that he won in 2011 should have been nearly three times as big.

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N.C. woman's Mother's Day ticket wins $1.3 million jackpot

May 17, 2019, 11:50 am ET

A lottery ticket turned out to be the Mother's Day $1.3 million "gift of a lifetime" for a North Carolina woman.

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Massachusetts husband, wife are both $1 million lottery winners

May 16, 2019, 7:40 am ET

A husband and wife from Southeastern Massachusetts have now each cashed winning $1 million Massachusetts State Lottery instant tickets.


Alabama lottery plan approved by committee

May 16, 2019, 7:01 am ET

A plan to allow voters to decide whether to set up a state lottery in Alabama advanced Wednesday in the House of Representatives.

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Michigan man wins jackpot after following the same lottery routine for 30 years

May 15, 2019, 8:07 am ET

A Michigan man who has stuck to the same lottery-playing routine for the past 30 years had his habits finally pay off when he won a $167,407 jackpot.

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