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Judge rules lottery cash split properly
Divorce case diminishes returnsAfter the Texas-sized taxes, a month-long trial, and some hefty legal bills, a $20 million Texas Lotto jackpot that is part of a local divorce case is shrinking.But whatever the amount, Circuit Court Judge Robert Childers ruled Tuesday that there was no conspiracy by Cordova, Tennessee resident Larry Stack and co-worker Christine Fellows to hide the money from his wife, Rosemarie Fair Stack.Phase two of the lawsuit, the divorce itself, is scheduled for October. Wit
Jul 20, 2005, 8:03 am - Lottery News

Calif. Democrat criticizes lottery's 'weak case'
The state lottery said Thursday it would continue selling Mega Millions tickets as it fights an anti-gambling group's lawsuit that seeks an immediate shutdown on the grounds the multi-state game is unconstitutional in California.But a state senator said an uphill legal battle ultimately could cost schools hundreds of millions of dollars and permanently damage the lottery's reputation. The lottery is going into court with a fairly weak case, said state Sen. Dean Florez, a Bakersfield-area Democr
Jul 8, 2005, 2:51 pm - Lottery News

Anti-lottery group sues to end Mega Millions in California
The California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking an injunction to shut down the state's two-week-old Mega Millions multistate lotto.The coalition will formally notified the California State Lottery of the action Wednesday, and then publicly announced it in a press release [see below], the group's attorneys from the Sacramento and Woodland Hills areas told Lottery Post.The coalition, represented by Sacramento-area attorney Fred Jones and Woodland Hills busines
Jul 8, 2005, 10:09 am - Lottery News

Man sues Mass. Lottery for $1 million prize mistake
The odds of hitting a Caesars Palace instant game ticket for $1 million are one in 3,024,000. But when John Falvey thought he'd beaten the odds, he discovered instead he'd been jilted by Lady Luck.Now Falvey, a Rhode Island resident formerly of Swansea, Mass., wants his day in court.He filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit this week against the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission and State Treasurer Tim Cahill seeking the $1 million he was denied because of his purported misinterpretation of how
Jul 1, 2005, 12:51 pm - Lottery News

Anti-lottery group will file lawsuit against Mega Millions in Calif.
The California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion will file a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court within two weeks seeking an injunction to shut down the state's Mega Millions multistate lotto as unconstitutional, it said Thursday.If successful in the lawsuit, it could cost the California Lottery plenty. Possible lawsuits by the other 11 states in the game, lost startup costs, a dent in the lottery's sales-fostering integrity and other fallout could total tens of millions of dollars.Adopting
Jun 24, 2005, 10:33 am - Lottery News

Californians snap up tickets for new Mega Millions lottery game
Californians dished out their first dollars Wednesday on a multistate lottery that has paid record jackpots as high as $363 million.The California debut of Mega Millions had people lining up at many stores as tickets were offered for the first time.The potential payoff seemed irresistible for players who ranged from parking attendants to sharp-dressed businesswomen.Computer administrator Eduardo Cartagena, 25, bought his ticket at a convenience store in downtown Los Angeles. I rarely buy tickets
Jun 23, 2005, 12:29 am - Lottery News

CA Lottery spars with legislator over Mega Millions legality
California lottery officials told a Senate committee Tuesday that they had the power to join the multistate Mega Millions lotto game even though the authorization wasn't spelled out in the 1984 initiative that set up the lottery.The Legislature's attorneys disagreed, and a key lawmaker said he would introduce legislation that would allow California to participate in Mega Millions but require the other 11 states to pay the bulk of administrative costs.Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, said the legisla
Jun 22, 2005, 7:54 pm - Lottery News

Mega Millions lottery goes on sale in California
Today, 35 million Californians get their first chance to buy a ticket on what may become the biggest lottery jackpot ever offered -- but the odds of winning a fortune are the longest ever seen.California becomes the 12th state to join the Mega Millions lottery game, where a ticket that costs only a dollar could, in time, win $500 million. The odds for this happening, however, are an astronomical one in 175 million, apparently a world record for a lottery.Until today, the longest odds of winning
Jun 22, 2005, 6:15 pm - Lottery News

Texas lottery board charges bingo machine supplier fixed prices
A bingo machine supplier has been charged with fixing prices and selling its products directly to charities, according to state records and public filings.The Texas Lottery Commission will hear evidence Friday against Game Tech International, the largest supplier of electronic bingo machines in Texas.The allegations concern the behavior of a former employee and are untrue, said Andrejs K. Bunkse, general counsel for Game Tech. We will actively defend ourselves and believe there will be no findin
Jun 21, 2005, 8:09 am - Lottery News

Democrats trying to ruin Calif. Mega Millions lottery participation
Democrat lawmakers in California will convene an emergency hearing on what their attorneys call Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's illegal linking of California with the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game.Republicans say this is the latest Democrat obstruction, as the Governor continues his bid to rescue California from its fiscal and electoral problems.National and state anti-gambling groups said they would delay filing a lawsuit against Schwarzenegger's deficit-easing entrance into Me
Jun 17, 2005, 11:09 am - Lottery News