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Lawsuit filed against Western Canada Lottery
Alleges 'systemic misrepresentation' of scratch games, seeks $100M Regina lawyer Tony Merchant has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Western Canadian Lottery Corporation (WCLC) and the corresponding provincial agencies over scratch-and-win tickets. The case is being brought forth on behalf of all persons who, since Nov. 1, 2001, purchased or acquired scratch-and-win tickets from a game order for which all tickets containing top prizes had already been sold, reads the statement of cl
Nov 20, 2008, 9:39 am - Todd - Lottery News

Lawsuit filed to pull lottery off Arkansas ballot
A group opposing a state-run lottery asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday to throw the proposal off this fall's ballot. The Arkansas Family Council argued in a petition filed with the state's highest court that the proposed constitutional amendment's title and name should be found inaccurate, incomplete and misleading because they don't define lotteries and doesn't warn voters of potential consequences of authorizing a state-run lottery. The proposal leaves it up to the Legislature to w
Sep 20, 2008, 2:42 pm - Todd - Lottery News

Yahoo files suit against 'lottery' spammers
Yahoo Inc. said Tuesday it filed a lawsuit against Yahoo Lottery spammers. The Sunnyvale-based company said the spammers send out e-mail messages trying to make people believe they've won a lottery or prize offered by Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO). The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in New York City under the Federal Trademark Act, the Federal CAN-SPAM Act and related state laws. Yahoo said it does not offer any such awards and has no affil
May 27, 2008, 10:33 am - Todd - Lottery News

Tax office workers win Powerball lottery jackpot
There's always a chance of winning a lawsuit, no matter how frivolous it might seem, especially to those who get their information from a brief news report. Some of the people speculating about the possibility of lawsuit in this case must have read a different article than the one I read, because the one I read doesn't offer any useful information on whether such a case would be frivolous or not. Based on this article, there was no statement by anyone suggesting (much less a spokeperson acknowle
Mar 18, 2008, 2:51 am - KY Floyd - Lottery News

Online newspaper sues Tenn. Lottery for records access
An online newspaper filed suit Monday against the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. to demand records associated with a harassment cited the state's open records law in seeking all documents pertaining to an internal investigation that led to the forced departure of Steve Adams as the lottery's chief administrative officer.Lottery officials have refused requests from several news organizations for details or records in the case, citing attorney-client privilege.At
Jan 10, 2006, 8:45 am - Todd - Lottery News

Calif. Democrat criticizes lottery's 'weak case'
The state lottery said Thursday it would continue selling Mega Millions tickets as it fights an anti-gambling group's lawsuit that seeks an immediate shutdown on the grounds the multi-state game is unconstitutional in California.But a state senator said an uphill legal battle ultimately could cost schools hundreds of millions of dollars and permanently damage the lottery's reputation. The lottery is going into court with a fairly weak case, said state Sen. Dean Florez, a Bakersfield-area Democr
Jul 8, 2005, 2:51 pm - Todd - Lottery News

Texas attorney general gives up pursuit of lottery funds
The Texas attorney general's office has dropped efforts to make the state lottery commission reimburse it for $176,000 paid to a Las Vegas law firm hired by the state to draft a bill to legalize video slot machines. The move, made formal in a letter dated Monday from Assistant Attorney General Barry McBee, came after a watchdog organization sued, claiming the state overstepped its authority by agreeing to pay the firm as much as $250,000 for legal advice. They blinked, Russ Verney, head of the
Jan 13, 2005, 7:30 am - Todd - Lottery News

Evidence mounts against defendant in Mega Millions lawsuit
Stephen Kyle may have to reconsider his retirement plans.Kyle, an Olmsted Falls mail carrier, won $175,000 in the Mega Millions lottery last month but neglected to tell 19 co-workers in his lottery club.Kyle called the ticket a godsend, arriving just as he was preparing to file for bankruptcy. He said he hoped to retire within three years.Kyle, 51, of Amherst, told his deflated colleagues that he used $10 from his own pocket to buy the $175,000 ticket.The $100 from the club produced a measly $2
Jul 30, 2004, 8:04 am - Todd - Lottery News

Record Powerball Winner Sued for Sex-Related Assault
A female worker at Tri-State Racetrack Gaming has accused Jack Whittaker, the winner of the largest single lottery jackpot in history, of assault and battery.Charity D. Fortner, a floor attendant at the Nitro track, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Whittaker, alleging he forced her head toward his pants while he gambled at the track in March 2003.Fortner alleged Whittaker, who hit the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas 2002, was gambling at the track with a female friend when the inc
Mar 11, 2004, 5:29 am - Todd - Lottery News

'I Lied' -- Woman Drops Lottery Lawsuit
Updated: Jan. 8, 2003 12:38 PMA woman said through tears Thursday that she lied about losing the winning ticket for a $162 million lottery prize awarded to another woman.Elecia Battle, 40, is dropping her lawsuit to block payment of the 11-state Mega Millions jackpot to the certified winner, her lawyer Sheldon Starke said. I wanted to win, Battle said. The numbers were so overwhelming. I did buy a ticket and I lost. I wanted to win so bad for my kids and my family. I apologize. Starke says tha
Jan 8, 2004, 10:27 am - Todd - Lottery News