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Beware of sharks swimming in your office lottery pool
Linda Sebastian enjoys her job , but she knows exactly what would happen if the members of her office lottery pool hit their numbers and won Wednesday's record $500 million Powerball jackpot. My group, we'd wipe our whole floor out, she laughed. There'd be nobody left in the office. Even her boss is a member of the pool. I tease him all the time, she said. I say, 'I'll meet you at the lottery headquarters.' But if you join an office lottery pool, you may want to consult a lawyer firs
Nov 28, 2012, 9:15 am - Lottery News

Big lottery winners offer advice, cautionary tales as $500M Powerball drawing approaches
So you just won the $500 million Powerball jackpot, the second highest in lottery history. Now what? Perhaps it's time for a tropical vacation or a new car. There are bills to pay, loans to settle, debts to square. Past winners of mega-lottery drawings and financial planners have some more sound advice: Stick to a budget, invest wisely, learn to say no and be prepared to lose friends while riding an emotional roller-coaster of joy, anxiety, guilt and distrust. I had to adapt to this ne
Nov 28, 2012, 9:08 am - Lottery News

Lottery winner indicted on 31 counts
Days after a Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, woman sought permission to subpoena Frederick Rick McMenimen's bank records, the former Exeter financial adviser sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, court records show. The bankruptcy claim essentially halted Susan Wagstaff's lawsuit seeking to recoup $900,000 that she claims McMenimen took from her under the ruse that he was investing the money. It also stopped legal action connected to another $1.5 million civil judgment against McMenimen fo
Oct 10, 2012, 7:32 am - Lottery News

Pool of McDonald's workers claims Mega Millions fraud
14 fast-food employees say co-worker tricked state lotto to avoid sharing winnings A group of 14 McDonald's employees from the Baltimore, Maryland, area are still convinced they were winners in the massive $656 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing earlier this year despite being told otherwise by lottery officials and are claiming that a co-worker defrauded the Maryland Lottery to avoid sharing a payout with them. On Sept. 19, the group filed a civil lawsuit against their co-worker, Mirla
Sep 29, 2012, 11:06 pm - Lottery News

New Jersey casino suing gamblers who won $1.5 million
Blames unshuffled decks of cards A New Jersey casino has sued a group of gamblers who won $1.5 million after they allegedly realized the eight decks of cards used in a game of mini baccarat were not preshuffled. The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J., filed suit against the gamblers and playing card company Gemaco after 14 players collectively won $1,536,700 in 41 winning hands. As the same sequence of cards kept appearing April 30, the players increased their bets from $10 to $5,000,
Aug 22, 2012, 2:49 pm - Lottery News

Online poker sites settle U.S. lawsuit for $731 million
The Department of Justice announced a $731 million settlement Tuesday with online poker companies PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to resolve bank fraud and money laundering allegations. Full Tilt also resolved allegations that it operated a Ponzi scheme, failing to maintain sufficient funds on deposit for players to withdraw. Prosecutors said last year that Full Tilt had used more than $400 million worth of player funds to pay board members and other owners since 2007. As part of Tuesday's
Aug 1, 2012, 6:42 am - Lottery News

The lottery fantasy: How much money do you need to say 'buzz off, world'?
By Peter McKay We don't play the lottery very often. So I always get a little aggravated when I'm standing in line to buy Junior Mints and some clown in front of me has an inch-thick stack of lucky numbers he's going to play. But every once in a while, when the jackpot gets into ludicrously high levels, so high that it makes the 6 o'clock news, we break down and get a ticket. And even though we don't actually play the lottery very often, my wife and I spend an inordinate amount of time pla
Jun 24, 2012, 8:52 am - Lottery News

Ark. Lottery Commission denies tampering claim
The Arkansas Lottery Commission is denying allegations that it deliberately sold unsecure tickets that had a design defect that could easily lead to potential tampering. Assistant Attorney General Mark Ohrenberger submitted the statements Friday in legal papers in response to a lawsuit filed by a Little Rock man who claims he bought two $20 Arkansas Millionaires Club tickets that had been damaged. State officials also disputed claims that the agency deliberately allowed flawed tickets to r
Jun 6, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News

Woman sues business partner for share of $12.6M lottery jackpot
A lawsuit launched by a New Westminster, British Columbia, woman who claims she was tricked out of her equal share of a $12.6 million lottery jackpot is going to a full trial. A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled that the legal action filed by Maria Ganguin over the winning Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket against her ex-business partner, Maria Fehr, and her husband, Daniel Fehr, should be settled with full testimony before a trial judge. The defendants sought to have the matter resolved in a summ
Jun 6, 2012, 8:00 am - Lottery News

Judge orders new trial in Arkansas lottery ticket suit
An Arkansas judge on Thursday ordered a new trial to decide who can claim a $1 million scratch-off lottery ticket prize, a little more than three weeks after he ruled that a woman who said she bought the ticket but mistakenly discarded it was entitled to the money. White County Circuit Judge Thomas Hughes ruled May 1 that Sharon Duncan should get the prize money, not two other women involved in the case. Hughes ordered the new trial in a one-paragraph ruling that did not elaborate on his reas
May 25, 2012, 7:18 am - Lottery News