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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

Media Battle in the Mega Millions Jackpot Dispute
Lottery Post presents a selection of photos and descriptions in the struggle over the $162 million Mega Millions jackpot.Two women one with a ticket, one tearfully without lay claim to a $162 million lottery jackpot Tuesday, triggering a legal dispute that could come down to finder's keepers or fraud.Elecia Battle went to police Monday with the teary story of a lottery ticket lost outside a convenience store, and a small crowd with flashlights soon gathered in the snowy parking lot in search o
Jan 6, 2004, 8:23 pm - Lottery News

Lottery Loser's Shady Past
Ohio woman has fraud, assault convictions, uses aliasThe Ohio woman who told police that she purchased -- and then lost -- the winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket -- has several arrests on her rap sheet, including convictions for assault and credit card fraud. In addition, Elecia Battle is using an alias and has falsely claimed to be married to the man with whom she now lives.Battle, whose real name is Elecia Dickson, apparently has borrowed the surname of boyfriend James Battle.
Jan 6, 2004, 5:56 pm - Lottery News

Woman Sues to Block $162 Million Payout
A hospital worker came forward Tuesday and collected a $162 million lottery jackpot, and another woman who told authorities she bought the winning ticket but lost it has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt any payout to the winner.Rebecca Jemison, 34, of suburban South Euclid, turned in the ticket for the 11-state Mega Millions jackpot at Ohio Lottery headquarters. The lottery validated it Tuesday as the sole winning ticket for the drawing.The woman with the competing claim, Elecia Battle, filed a l
Jan 6, 2004, 5:03 pm - Lottery News

Tennessee must decide on use of unclaimed lottery prizes
Officials with Tennessee Boys and Girls Club chapters hope lawmakers will give them some of the unclaimed prize money from the new state lottery.The law that created the lottery requires that half of all unclaimed winnings go back into the prize pool at the end of each fiscal year, while the rest is placed in a special account for after-school programs.The lottery legislation's House sponsor - Rep. Chris Newton, R-Cleveland - said deciding which after-school programs get the money is one of the
Jan 5, 2004, 6:15 am - Lottery News

Winning a big lottery not without its own cost
If Donald Trump won the $162 million Mega Millions jackpot, he could lasso the windfall like a seasoned financial cowboy, invest his winnings, and fly off to a luxurious ski trip with his playmate of the month.But what about the guy in blue jeans beaming into a news camera with an oversized lottery check?That Average Joe might want to enlist in Susan Bradley's lottery boot camp for instant millionaires. Really rich people do play the lottery, but nine out of 10 times it's someone who's more aver
Jan 3, 2004, 9:10 pm - Lottery News

$175,000 Mega Millions Ticket Dispute
Two traders for the Chicago Board Options Exchange filed a police complaint Friday against a trading clerk who they claim pocketed their $175,000 Mega Millions lottery ticket this week.But a family friend says she doesn't believe the clerk, whom she has known for 22 years, could have stolen anything. She's a very honest, trustworthy person, said Carole Masterson, whose brother is the father of the clerk's two children. I don't think she'd do something like this. She's not stupid. Traders, iden
Jan 3, 2004, 9:08 pm - Lottery News

Tennessee lottery debate looms
Plenty of gaming topics on Legislature's early agendaWith a state lottery poised to launch next month, Tennessee state legislators face an early decision on whether to unseat those who are directing it and later debate on other gambling issues.Related topics in the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 13, range from charity gaming to the size of the lottery prize money pool and the standards for granting scholarships to home school students.But the first subject on the agenda is wheth
Jan 2, 2004, 8:50 am - Lottery News