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Ohio Woman Guilty in Mega Millions Case
A woman who claimed that she bought and lost a $162 million lottery ticket was found guilty Tuesday of filing a false police report. She was fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.Elecia Battle, 40, of Cleveland, reached an agreement with prosecutors that called her to plead no contest to the misdemeanor charge with the understanding that she would be found guilty. She could have gotten six months in jail.Shortly after a Dec. 30 lottery drawing, Battle filed a police
Apr 6, 2004, 12:29 pm - Lottery News

Store owner to appeal jury's lottery decision
A store owner plans to appeal a jury's decision that he pay $1.3 million to a lottery winner who said the owner failed to warn him about a jackpot cap.John Struna regularly bought multiple tickets with the same numbers for the Buckeye 5 game at Convenient Food Mart in Cleveland. In October 2001, he chose the winning combination, which he had played on 52 tickets.The game's prize is $100,000, so Struna thought that amount would be multiplied by 52 for each of his winning tickets, giving him $5.2
Mar 26, 2004, 8:54 am - Lottery News

Record Powerball Winner Sued for Sex-Related Assault
A female worker at Tri-State Racetrack Gaming has accused Jack Whittaker, the winner of the largest single lottery jackpot in history, of assault and battery.Charity D. Fortner, a floor attendant at the Nitro track, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Whittaker, alleging he forced her head toward his pants while he gambled at the track in March 2003.Fortner alleged Whittaker, who hit the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas 2002, was gambling at the track with a female friend when the inc
Mar 11, 2004, 5:29 am - Lottery News

Winning Powerball lottery ticket in dispute
Kansas couple claims $200,000 Powerball ticket is theirsAn ownership dispute over a winning Powerball lottery ticket worth $200,000 prompted a Grantville, Kansas couple to file a lawsuit against the Kansas Lottery and the Kroger Co. earlier this month.Topeka attorney Danton Hejtmanek filed the lawsuit on Feb. 10 in Shawnee County District Court on behalf of Ara and Gary Carbonneau, who claim to have purchased a winning Powerball ticket and have a receipt to prove it.Michele A. Kaminski, who was
Feb 27, 2004, 4:40 am - Lottery News

Two former workers win suit against Kentucky lottery
A Jefferson Circuit Court jury has awarded $2.8 million to two former Kentucky Lottery employees who claimed they endured racial discrimination on the job.Penny Diamond, the plaintiffs' attorney, said Ursella Riles and James Maddox claimed they were excluded from meetings and subjected to racial harassment while working in the lottery's marketing department.The jury returned the verdict Monday night after a two-week trial.Maddox was awarded $1.5million and Riles $1.3million.In a statement, the K
Feb 18, 2004, 5:21 am - Lottery News

Can a lottery win make you happy?
The first Euro Millions lottery draw takes place on Friday, with the prospect of multi-million pound jackpots. How do windfall winners come to grips with their newfound wealth - and does it make them happy? For the price of a newspaper and a chocolate bar, any one of us can buy into a multi-million pound dream. It is a dream that lottery operators are keen to sell to yet more of us with the launch of EuroMillions, a mega draw for the UK, France and Spain aimed at boosting our flagging interest i
Feb 12, 2004, 6:39 am - Lottery News

Lottery director's ties to St. Paul vendor probed
Auditors probing the business dealings of Minnesota State Lottery director George Andersen have been pursuing a claim that he steered thousands of dollars of lottery money to a vendor he controlled.Andersen was found unconscious Tuesday outside his home in Hugo. He had a self-inflicted wound to his wrist, and a knife was found nearby, authorities said. A preliminary autopsy report released Wednesday called his death a suicide and said he died from hypothermia due to exposure.Andersen died a day
Jan 30, 2004, 6:42 am - Lottery News

Ohio City Can't Collect Taxes From Mega Millions
Here's the latest twist in the saga of last month's $162 million Mega Millions lottery drawing.City officials in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid were stunned to learn that they can't collect $1.4 million in income taxes from the winner. It seems the city charter wasn't updated to include lottery winnings as taxable income. It's not a good day for the city, Mayor Georgine Welo said Monday. We were all excited until we went to go for the money and learned that we are not entitled to it. We
Jan 20, 2004, 6:11 am - Lottery News

Lottery Loser Pleads No Contest in Mega Case
The woman who claimed she lost a winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket pleaded no contest Thursday to lying on a police report.After entering the plea, Elecia Battle, 40, of Cleveland, was convicted by the judge. She faces a possible penalty of 30 days to six months in jail and $1,000 fine at sentencing Feb. 19.A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but means the defendant will not fight the charges.Battle had filed a police report after the Dec. 30 Mega Millions drawing, sa
Jan 15, 2004, 8:20 am - Lottery News

'I Lied' -- Woman Drops Lottery Lawsuit
Updated: Jan. 8, 2003 12:38 PMA woman said through tears Thursday that she lied about losing the winning ticket for a $162 million lottery prize awarded to another woman.Elecia Battle, 40, is dropping her lawsuit to block payment of the 11-state Mega Millions jackpot to the certified winner, her lawyer Sheldon Starke said. I wanted to win, Battle said. The numbers were so overwhelming. I did buy a ticket and I lost. I wanted to win so bad for my kids and my family. I apologize. Starke says tha
Jan 8, 2004, 10:27 am - Lottery News