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Is the lottery a tax? N.C. appeals court hears arguments
The profit from the sale of lottery tickets in North Carolina is really a tax on the state's residents, which means the law that created the games was passed unconstitutionally, attorneys for a group of taxpayers argued Tuesday before the state Court of Appeals. The fundamental criteria is that the revenue is going to the general benefit of the public, Robert Orr, the taxpayers' lawyer, told the three-judge panel. The lottery was sold as a revenue-raising proposition to raise money for edu
May 22, 2007, 8:55 pm - Lottery News

Lawsuit challenges N.C. Lottery
Plaintiffs say the lottery is a tax because of the education allocation and was passed unconstitutionally An esoteric argument under way in the courts over the North Carolina lottery Is a part of each ticket a tax or is the state just making a profit? could have an effect that's easy to understand: No more lottery. The N.C. Court of Appeals will hear arguments in three weeks. The case is pushed by a nonprofit legal group that sees the lottery as a tax that didn't go through the req
Apr 29, 2007, 5:20 pm - Lottery News

Men threaten discrimination suit against N.M. Lottery
Sales representatives say they were forced out because of age Two sales representatives who resigned Friday from the New Mexico Lottery said they were forced out by being given more work so they could be replaced by younger employees with lower pay. The two men, Ken Dahlstrom, 61, and Jack Minter, 67, said they are considering an age-discrimination lawsuit against the lottery. Both men have worked at the lottery since its inception in 1996. Dahlstrom and Minter said they were not fired or
Apr 14, 2007, 5:50 pm - Lottery News

Ontario lottery players launch $1.1 billion lawsuit
Lawyers for a Toronto man launched a $1.1 billion class-action lawsuit against Ontario's troubled lottery corporation Wednesday, as the fallout from an investigation into widespread corruption widened. The suit, filed on behalf of all those who purchased lottery tickets since 1975, proposes a free lottery as a settlement solution. The government is responsible for ensuring that [its lottery] is fair, honest and equitable and it would appear that their systems that they have in place haven
Mar 28, 2007, 11:56 pm - Lottery News

Penn. woman sued by former friend over lottery win
Cathy Young said was stunned Tuesday to learn that a former friend claims that she refused to split a $100,000 Pennsylvania lottery jackpot with him. She said she was helping William A. Lucas Jr. get back on his feet after serving a prison sentence and he's already depleted his share for new tow trucks for his brother's business. All I did was feel sorry for him, said Young, who lives in North Union Township. Lucas, 36, also of North Union, sued Young in Fayette County yesterday, c
Mar 22, 2007, 4:51 pm - Lottery News

Lawyer in $315 million lottery lawsuits ordered to pay fine
A lawyer representing three people who sued their co-workers seeking a share of their $315 million lottery win was ordered Tuesday to pay a nearly $382,000 fine. Orange County Judge Michael Brenner ordered attorney Mark H. Williams to pay the seven lottery winners after determining he pursued the lawsuits knowing the allegations lacked merit. The amount was the equivalent to legal fees incurred by the Lucky Seven, who pooled money to buy the winning Mega Millions multi-state lottery tick
Mar 22, 2007, 10:00 am - Lottery News

Lottery Winners Sued As Nuisances
A couple who talked of helping young people fight drug addiction and alcohol abuse after winning a $2.6 million Oregon Lottery jackpot are facing a city lawsuit alleging they held a four-month-long party that included public sex, fights and signs of drug dealing. The lawsuit filed against Elizabeth and Samuel Howard detailed allegations of parties featuring fights that spilled into other yards, couples having sex in plain view, an assault on a neighbor, slashed tires and loud music. Howa
Feb 19, 2007, 11:21 am - Lottery News

With the N.Y. Lottery, money flows upriver
The New York Lottery isn't just a game in Herkimer County. With a dwindling tax base and shrinking corporate presence, most of the rural county's school districts rely heavily on annual distributions from the Lottery to stay afloat. One of every 10 dollars spent on education in the county comes from state-sanctioned games of chance. Districts such as ours are high-need, low-income and low-wealth in property values, said Robert Service, superintendent of the Ilion Central School District,
Jan 30, 2007, 9:45 pm - Lottery News

Jack Whittaker: un-luckiest lottery winner ever
A man infamous for his numerous problems ever since winning a record Powerball lottery jackpot says he can't pay a settlement to a casino worker because thieves cleaned out his bank accounts. Powerball winner Jack Whittaker gave that explanation in a note last fall to a lawyer for Kitti French, who accused him of assaulting her at the Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center, a slots-only casino near Charleston, according to a motion French's lawyer filed this week demanding payment of the confi
Jan 12, 2007, 5:57 pm - Lottery News

New lawsuit claims Indiana Lottery did not award all prizes
Man who spent $40,000 on lottery sues to get money back; lawsuit claims Hoosier Lottery overstated number, amount of prizes in 'Cash Blast' game Two men filed a lawsuit Friday against the Hoosier Lottery, seeking class-action status as a result of the lottery's admitted misrepresentation of the number and amount of prizes available in a scratch-off game. Jeff Frazer, Carmel, and Jeff Koehlinger, Auburn, seek reimbursement in the lawsuit filed in Marion County for the losses they incurred w
Jan 6, 2007, 9:07 pm - Lottery News