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One in hospital, one in jail after lottery ticket fight
One man is in the hospital and a second is in jail Monday after an argument over lottery tickets at a San Francisco, California, market turned violent. The incident happened at about 3:50 p.m. Friday at Bernal Heights Market near 30th and Mission streets in the Mission District. The dispute involved the suspect, a man wearing a blue cap, who allegedly attacked the victim, who can be seen in surveillance video wearing a black jacket with an orange shirt underneath. Minutes later, they g
Nov 10, 2015, 7:48 am - Lottery News

Records show alcohol-related misconduct by former MN Lottery official
The former acting director of the Minnesota State Lottery was so drunk at conferences in Las Vegas, New York City, Miami and Indianapolis that she was suspended by Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff, according to records released Wednesday by the lottery. Johnene Canfield was eventually fired earlier this year and is now suing the state for discrimination, saying her gender and disability from alcohol dependency led to her dismissal. She was terminated after a December 2014 incident in whic
Nov 7, 2015, 8:03 am - Lottery News

N.C. Powerball winner's fiancé jailed for third time this year
By Todd Northrop The man engaged to the North Carolina woman who claimed a Powerball lottery jackpot share worth $188 million earlier this year was placed back in jail for the third time in less than a year on Monday. Lamarr Andre McDow, also known as Hot Sauce, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. A spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said that McDow turned himself in after being indicted on the charge. He was processed out of the jail a short time lat
Oct 20, 2015, 9:14 am - Lottery News

NC lottery winner spent $9M bailing out convict fiancé
A North Carolina lottery winner used part of her $188 million Powerball jackpot to bail her convict fianc out of jail twice. Lamar (Hot Sauce) McDow, accused of trafficking and intending to sell heroin, was released from a Brunswick County jail last week on $6 million bail. While bondsmen do not have to release the name of who posted an inmate's bail, McDow's Powerball millionaire fianc e, Marie Holmes, likely footed the bill. Prosecutors said she bailed him out of jail once before, paying
Aug 15, 2015, 8:18 am - Lottery News

Suspected lottery ticket thief causes major wreck in getaway
A suspect is in a Houston-area hospital after fleeing the scene of a daring robbery in Conroe and causing a serious traffic accident as he was attempting to make his getaway. Cody Byrd, 23, of Navasota, Texas, is suspected of stealing a large bin of Texas Lottery tickets from a Chevron convenience store in the Conroe area on Saturday afternoon. Byrd fled the scene in his vehicle at a high rate of speed only to collide with a family of four on SH-105 westbound. He attempted to flee on foot,
Aug 4, 2015, 8:24 am - Lottery News

$188 million lottery winner arrested on marijuana charges
North Carolina single mother Marie Holmes, who won the $188 million Powerball lottery in February, was arrested on July 23 for marijuana possession. Officers also arrested three other people from her home in Shallotte, North Carolina. Holmes took home a lump sum $88 million after taxes in February. When she won, the 26-year-old single mother reportedly quit both of her jobs at Wal-Mart and McDonald's to care for her four young children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. (See N.C. Powerball l
Jul 27, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News

Man offered cop winning lottery numbers to drop DUI charge
A man arrested on drunken driving charges in Middletown, Connecticut, told police he was a state lottery employee and offered the police officer winning lottery numbers to drop the charges, police said. Police approached Robert K. Eldridge Jr. 41, of Cromwell, on Union Street, near DeKoven Drive, just after 3 p.m. on June 14 when he was stopped at a green light and appeared to be passed out behind the steering wheel. When Eldridge came to, he attempted to start the car but then noticed the
Jun 24, 2015, 4:04 pm - Lottery News

NJ lottery winner is loser after prize seized
When is a $10,000 lottery winner a loser? When the funds used to purchase the $10,000 winning ticket are from a ticket the winner allegedly stole. That s what David G. Rukhadze, 23, a borough resident, learned after he tried to collect a $10,000 prize on an instant lottery ticket after he allegedly used the $20 winnings from a stolen ticket to buy the winning one. Around 1 p.m. June 5, Officer Sean Flanagan responded to the Acme Market, 125 Bound Brook Road, for a report of a theft of New
Jun 13, 2015, 6:31 am - Lottery News

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

BOMBSHELL: MUSL employee might have rigged Hot Lotto computerized drawing
Lottery Post has been warning of the dangers of computerized drawings for over a decade, and now prosecutors of the mystery Hot Lotto winner from Iowa are looking at the possibility that those warnings have come true. Prosecutors believe there is evidence indicating a former information-security director for a lottery vendor in Iowa tampered with lottery equipment before buying a Hot Lotto ticket that would go on to win $14.3 million, according to court documents filed Thursday. The trial
Apr 13, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News