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Lottery scratch games still being sold after jackpots are gone
Feeling lucky today? Then don't buy a $20 scratch-off ticket for the New Jersey Lottery's $1,000,000 Explosion game. Your chances of winning the $1 million top prize are Z-E-R-O. The six top prizes were awarded months ago, but the $20 tickets are still on sale. The best prize available today is $10,000. State lotteries are coming under renewed criticism for selling scratch-off tickets after the top prizes have been given away. The latest challenge comes from a professor who says
Jun 30, 2008, 1:22 pm - 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 - Lottery News

Judge tosses wife's Lotto suit -- for now
A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday said the wife of a lottery winner cannot go forward with a lawsuit against her spouse until she proves the money should belong to her. She has no identifiable legal rights at this time, Circuit Judge Jennifer D. Bailey said. Where does the law say you automatically have a right to participate in the proceeds? Bailey temporarily dismissed the lawsuit Donna Campbell filed against her husband, Arnim Ramdass, an American Airlines mechanic who hit a $19 millio
May 17, 2008, 6:46 pm - Lottery News

Lawsuit claims NY state is ripping off lottery customers
A lawsuit claims the New York State Division of Lottery is tricking people into playing its Take Five lottery game by exaggerating the likelihood of winning. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Monday, said people were cheated of more than $5 million. It seeks unspecified damages and an order putting a stop to what it portrayed as a rip-off. The plaintiff in the lawsuit was identified as M. McKee, a resident of Richmond County. The lawsuit called her an especial
May 6, 2008, 9:54 am - Lottery News

Lottery winner facing tax fraud trial dies
Editor's Note: A less in-depth news story about this lottery winner was posted earlier today: $13 million Florida Lotto winner dies a pauper Former lottery multi-millionaire Alex Toth, who was broke and facing tax fraud charges, has died at the age of 60. Toth was scheduled to go on trial in June, accused of filing fake tax returns with his wife, Rhoda, who has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. By the time the couple were charged in 2006, authorities said they appeared to have
Apr 25, 2008, 7:11 pm - Lottery News

Ontario Lottery forced to publicize internal probe into 'insider win'
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has violated the public trust and can't justify hiding documents about its internal probe into a $21.5 million win by a Cambridge convenience store owner, the province's privacy commission has ruled. The lottery corporation has until May 9 to release documents related to the probe under a Freedom of Information request filed and appealed by the CBC, assistant commissioner Brian Beamish ruled Friday. The public must remain vigilant. This information is
Apr 8, 2008, 7:26 am - Lottery News

Lottery winner demonstrates the right way to claim a big jackpot
The Illinois woman knew on Dec. 18, the winning lottery ticket she held would change her life. On March 19, she was claiming an oversized check from the state and answering questions from news media. That the winner picked up the $81.5 million prize, her half of a $163 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing, is a big deal. That it took three months is a rarity. She spent the time to work with lawyers and financial advisers to maintain anonymity and protect assets something the state lo
Mar 20, 2008, 5:14 pm - Lottery News

Appeals Court rules in favor of N.C. Lottery
Ruling leaves open possibility of N.C. Supreme Court appeal The North Carolina state lottery is safe for now. The N.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court's dismissal of a suit that challenged the way North Carolina's lottery was established. The lawsuit, filed in 2005, contended that the lottery is a tax and didn't go through the procedural requirements in the legislature for new taxes. The state disagreed, arguing that it makes a profit on the sale of lottery game tick
Mar 19, 2008, 9:59 am - Lottery News

$220M Mega Millions lottery jackpot advice offered
Hit the Mega Millions jackpot? Here's some advice on what to do next A drool-inducing $220 million is up for grabs in Tuesday night's Mega Millions lottery drawing. Before all that green goes to your head, we asked three Atlanta-based experts what should be the first five things on a lottery winner's to do list. Barry Berlin, managing director of the Atlanta office of Atlantic Trust, a private wealth management firm and subsidiary of Invesco: Cold call successful people and ask them to
Feb 19, 2008, 11:27 pm - Lottery News

Lottery scammer who later won shot, killed
A Fort Lauderdale man who once went to jail for making fake lottery tickets and then won a million-dollar prize for real died from a gunshot wound. Anthony Soltys, convicted felon and instant millionaire, died as mysteriously as he lived. Soltys died Friday afternoon from a gunshot wound he received the night before in Fort Lauderdale. Police are searching for the person or persons that left him to die in the middle of Northeast Fourth Avenue, in the 1700 block. Soltys was taken
Jan 20, 2008, 12:22 am - Lottery News