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Wealthiest schools lose out in Okla. Lottery
Eight public school districts aren't receiving any of the $75 million allocated to common education this year from Oklahoma's lottery and racetrack/tribal casino laws.The reason: The schools are considered independently rich from local taxes on property and oil and gas production.That means those districts must use local money exclusively to fund teacher pay raises and full-day kindergarten, the two main programs Gov. Brad Henry cited in lauding the state's gambling partnership.Several other dis
Dec 26, 2005, 11:39 am - Lottery News

SoCal man sues to get share of $315 million lottery jackpot
A medical lab technician has sued seven co-workers who shared a $315 million Mega Millions multi-state lottery jackpot, claiming he deserves a share of the money.Jonathan De La Cruz says he had always been part of the group when they bought lottery tickets but was off work the day they bought the winning ticket. His Orange County Superior Court lawsuit contends the group had an oral agreement that everyone would be included whenever they pooled their money to buy tickets.The winners - six lab te
Dec 16, 2005, 10:03 am - Lottery News

Group sues to stop N.C. lottery
North Carolina's state lottery would be declared illegal and work on the game would stop if a lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Court on Thursday is successful.The suit claims the House and Senate circumvented requirements set forth in the state constitution when members of both houses voted on the lottery law this year.The N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, a Raleigh-based group that sued to stop state economic incentive payments to Dell, filed the lottery suit on behalf of several clie
Dec 16, 2005, 7:41 am - Lottery News

Group Expected To File Lawsuit To Stop N.C. Lottery
A lawsuit challenging how the lottery was created could be filed by the end of the week.The North Carolina Institute For Constitutional Law plans to base its lawsuit on the fact that when Senate leaders squeaked out the lottery bill in late August, they suspended the rules to complete three readings in just a matter of moments.Critics said, by law, the votes should have been spread out over a three-day period. Supporters moved quickly because two Republicans were absent.In recent months, Gov. Mi
Dec 13, 2005, 6:51 am - Lottery News

State, gambling foes argue about California joining Mega Millions
Attorneys for an antigambling group told a judge Friday that the hugely popular Mega Millions lottery game is illegal because it is not run solely by the state, violating the intent of the 1984 voter initiative authorizing California's lottery.State officials countered that the 12-state Mega Millions game is just like any other state lottery game. California retains control over the administration of Mega Millions within the state, including how and where tickets are sold, Deputy Attorney Genera
Dec 5, 2005, 7:57 am - Lottery News

Lottery shipments confusing to Oklahoma retailer
For a guy prohibited from participating in the Oklahoma lottery, Nels Bentson sure has a bunch of tickets that say otherwise.The shipments keep coming, along with calls from lottery representatives asking how his sales are going.Confused? So is Bentson.Bentson owns 11 Cashland payday loan stores throughout Oklahoma.He spent $1,045 last summer on application fees to become a lottery retailer and says he invested an extra $3,400 to send employees to the mandatory training sessions.On Oct. 11, the
Nov 28, 2005, 6:54 am - Lottery News

Court may shut down Mega Millions in California
California Democrats may yet 'reap what they sow', as they started the effort to shut down Mega Millions soon after it started.Mega Millions, the multistate lotto game California joined in June, could be shut down Friday if the Schwarzenegger administration loses its battle to keep the game running.The state-run lottery and an anti-gambling group are set to argue in Sacramento court whether to halt the game as a judge weighs claims by the group and Democratic legislators that voters permitted a
Nov 28, 2005, 6:43 am - Lottery News

Father, son feud over lottery winnings
Two months ago, a Vietnamese immigrant named Thien Minh Luu said he experienced a stroke of extraordinary good fortune: He bought a $5 lottery scratch ticket at a convenience store in Worcester and won $1 million.But what first appeared to be the quintessential modern American fairy tale has turned into the archetypal American family feud. The 45-year-old manicurist filed a lawsuit, saying his 21-year-old son tricked him into turning over the ticket and then tried to steal the winnings.Luu and h
Nov 23, 2005, 10:42 am - Lottery News

Texas Lottery worker is fired after e-mail
The Texas lottery fired a senior systems analyst on Friday, hours after a newspaper reported that he had sent a scathing e-mail to two state lawmakers claiming that the agency misled the Legislature about an emergency control center that he says doesn't work.Shelton Charles told The Associated Press that he was fired Friday afternoon for insubordination after he refused to answer lottery officials' questions about the emergency operations center unless they put them in writing.Lottery spokesman
Nov 8, 2005, 8:00 am - Lottery News

N.C. lottery commissioner had business relationship with vendor
A member of North Carolina's new lottery commission said he will remove himself from any decisions involving potential lottery vendors after it was disclosed he had a business relationship with a key executive of a major vendor.Lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings of Charlotte and Alan Middleton, a vice president for lottery vendor Scientific Games, had previously acknowledged their friendship.But both denied in interviews last month with The News Observer of Raleigh that they also had a busine
Oct 6, 2005, 8:45 am - Lottery News