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Lottery ticket number crucial to trial
When did Julie Prive learn the number of a lottery ticket worth $4 million?The outcome of a civil case pitting Prive, 27, who worked at the Tedeschi's in East Falmouth when the $10 scratch ticket was sold, against two other Falmouth residents could hinge on the answer to that question.Prive is being sued by Raymond MacDonald, 65, and Monica Hertz, 62, who both claim ownership of the $600 Million Spectacular ticket.MacDonald and Hertz both say they bought the ticket May 17, 2002, but did not real
Aug 13, 2004, 8:56 am - Lottery News

Evidence mounts against defendant in Mega Millions lawsuit
Stephen Kyle may have to reconsider his retirement plans.Kyle, an Olmsted Falls mail carrier, won $175,000 in the Mega Millions lottery last month but neglected to tell 19 co-workers in his lottery club.Kyle called the ticket a godsend, arriving just as he was preparing to file for bankruptcy. He said he hoped to retire within three years.Kyle, 51, of Amherst, told his deflated colleagues that he used $10 from his own pocket to buy the $175,000 ticket.The $100 from the club produced a measly $2
Jul 30, 2004, 8:04 am - Lottery News

SEC Investigating Gtech in Brazil
Gtech Holdings Corp. said Thursday that the Securities and Exchange Commission opened a formal investigation into the lottery operator's dealings in Brazil.The SEC previously issued an informal request for documents from Gtech, as part of its investigation into public corruption matters in Brazil. Gtech said regulators told the company that the new order is a routine action, unrelated to any recent developments, that is intended to give the SEC adequate investigatory powers if needed.Gtech said
Jul 29, 2004, 1:44 pm - Lottery News

Missouri shuts down illegal lottery Web site
A young man from Festus, Missouri set up his own online lottery and named it after a TV show. He called his Web site pimpmyride.com. Pimp My Ride is a show on MTV. There's no connection between the show and the lottery.The lottery Web site invited people to enter the contest for a $2 fee. The winner of a random drawing was to get $20,000 to customize, or pimp out, their vehicle.The site drew entries from across the country. Some people entered as many as 100 times.According to court record
Jul 29, 2004, 1:30 pm - Lottery News

$10,000 winner suing Tennessee lottery
How much is a lost chance at $1 million worth?That's the crucial question raised by a lawsuit filed by a Fayetteville man who claims mistakes during the state's first $1 million lottery drawing cost him a chance at the top prize.But determining how much he was damaged by a lost chance would be difficult, local attorneys said.Dennis Perry, a 57-year-old disabled veteran, won $10,000 in the June 26 drawing at Opry Mills. He was one of three finalists for the big prize. In a lawsuit filed in Lincol
Jul 19, 2004, 8:23 am - Lottery News

California lottery struggles with tepid sales
Though California and its schools are begging for cash, one of the state's supposed gold mines produces roughly half of what it should for education, analysts say.But officials at the languishing state-run lottery say there's hope the operation will be shipping nearly another $1 billion annually to schools.It first, however, must succeed in throwing off woes such as legal restrictions on games, which some say are outdated in this age of widespread Indian gambling, and then generate an excitement
Jul 15, 2004, 9:30 am - Lottery News

NY Court Says Video Lottery Games Unconstitutional
Video lottery games at New York State racetracks are illegal, a panel of state judges ruled on Wednesday, dealing a setback to Gov. George Pataki, who is counting on revenue from the terminals to help fund education.The judges' ruling found that a part of the law authorizing the terminals was unconstitutional because it earmarks a portion of revenues to horsebreeders and for larger racetrack purses. The law requires that the money be allocated exclusively for education, the court said.However, a
Jul 7, 2004, 5:50 pm - Lottery News

Lottery player cries foul after missing $1M prize
Dennis Perry said he doesn't want to sound ungrateful after winning $10,000 in a Tennessee Lottery drawing last weekend, but the Fayetteville, Tenn., man said mistakes during the drawing might have cost him the $1 million top prize.''I'm happy for what I won, it's just that I don't think it was fair the way it was played,'' said Perry, a 57-year-old disabled veteran. ''There's a big difference between $10,000 and $1 million.''Lottery spokeswoman Kym Gerlock said Perry's complaint would be invest
Jul 1, 2004, 8:17 am - Lottery News

Ex-lottery manager sues Penn. officials
A former Republican state House candidate from Bethlehem is claiming that Democratic state officials violated her rights by firing her from the Pennsylvania Lottery for political reasons.Pamela Opp, who was the lottery's Lehigh Valley manager, is suing state officials, alleging that they violated her rights to freedom of speech and association by replacing her with a Democrat.Her replacement, Craig Rogan, supported Democrat Ed Rendell for governor, according to her federal lawsuit, and he previo
Jun 30, 2004, 8:06 am - Lottery News

Virginia lottery winner badly in debt
Suzanne Mullins used her lottery winnings as collateral for a loan in 1998Eleven years after becoming a millionaire through the lottery, a Roanoke, Virginia woman has seen her fortune turn to debt.A circuit court judge ruled last week that Suzanne Mullins owes $154,146.50 in defaulted payments to a Florida company that gave her a loan six years ago with her lottery winnings as collateral.It seems an unlikely outcome for someone who once purchased a lottery ticket worth $4.2 million.But as with o
May 3, 2004, 9:43 am - Lottery News