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Judge tosses wife's Lotto suit -- for now
A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday said the wife of a lottery winner cannot go forward with a lawsuit against her spouse until she proves the money should belong to her. She has no identifiable legal rights at this time, Circuit Judge Jennifer D. Bailey said. Where does the law say you automatically have a right to participate in the proceeds? Bailey temporarily dismissed the lawsuit Donna Campbell filed against her husband, Arnim Ramdass, an American Airlines mechanic who hit a $19 millio
May 17, 2008, 6:46 pm - Lottery News

Lawsuit claims NY state is ripping off lottery customers
A lawsuit claims the New York State Division of Lottery is tricking people into playing its Take Five lottery game by exaggerating the likelihood of winning. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Monday, said people were cheated of more than $5 million. It seeks unspecified damages and an order putting a stop to what it portrayed as a rip-off. The plaintiff in the lawsuit was identified as M. McKee, a resident of Richmond County. The lawsuit called her an especial
May 6, 2008, 9:54 am - Lottery News

Court: elderly sisters' gambling pact forces lottery jackpot split
The Connecticut Appeals Court has ruled a 1995 pact struck by two widowed sisters to split each other's future gambling winnings is still binding despite the fact they no longer speak to one another. The decision paves the way for a public family feud pitting Theresa Sokaitis, 81, against Rose Bakaysa, 85, over a $500,000 Powerball jackpot Bakaysa hit on June 18, 2005, but doesn't want to share with her estranged sibling. Sokaitis is suing Bakaysa for breach of contract. Bakaysa's attorney
Feb 5, 2008, 12:36 am - Lottery News

Ex-friends square off in trial over $1M lottery ticket
A western Maryland man testified Monday that he gave his neighbor $20 to buy them a state lottery ticket that ended up a $1 million winner. But the neighbor claims his former hunting buddy is a desperate, dishonest barfly who concocted the story after learning of his friend's good fortune. A judge has frozen $500,000 of the winnings until a Washington County Circuit Court jury decides this week whether Brian S. Kendle, a 38-year-old Roto-Rooter operator, bought the Countdown to Millions
Feb 4, 2008, 11:42 pm - Lottery News

Elks Club members in fight over $21M lottery win
It may have once seemed like a dream come true, but a winning lottery ticket has turned into a nightmare for 21 people in Okotoks, Alberta. On Nov. 23 last year, the 21, all patrons or employees at the local Elks Club, chipped in $5 each to buy tickets for that night's Super 7 draw, one of which proved to be worth $20 million. The members of the group should each have received more than $900,000 by now, but a dispute has arisen over who is entitled to a share. While they attempt to sort
Jan 16, 2008, 10:05 am - Lottery News

Wife sues husband for share of secret lottery winnings
A former beauty queen whose husband has kept about $600,000 in lottery winnings from her says she has a number for him: half. And Donna Campbell is suing her husband in her attempt to get it. But American Airlines mechanic Arnim Ramdass disappeared after his wife confronted him about the secret, so process servers haven't been able to hand him the lawsuit papers yet, Campbell's attorney said. Here's a guy who for years has spent marital money on the lottery and at casinos, and he's always
Nov 20, 2007, 8:48 am - Lottery News

Fight over lottery ticket heads to court
In a Bartow, Florida, courtroom, two men are dreaming of being a millionaire, but only one will. Michael Ford and Abraham Shakespeare were once good friends and partners at work. Now they are battling over a winning $30 million lottery ticket. Ford is suing Shakespeare because he says Shakespeare stole the lucky ticket from him. Ford is being represented by long-time Tampa attorney Arnold Levine. During opening statements, Levine told jurors they should question Shakespeare's truthfu
Oct 16, 2007, 8:38 am - Lottery News

Lawsuit challenges N.C. Lottery
Plaintiffs say the lottery is a tax because of the education allocation and was passed unconstitutionally An esoteric argument under way in the courts over the North Carolina lottery Is a part of each ticket a tax or is the state just making a profit? could have an effect that's easy to understand: No more lottery. The N.C. Court of Appeals will hear arguments in three weeks. The case is pushed by a nonprofit legal group that sees the lottery as a tax that didn't go through the req
Apr 29, 2007, 5:20 pm - Lottery News

Vancouver lottery winner loses in divorce case
A $10 million lottery windfall brought an estranged Vancouver couple back together. But eight years later, the marriage wound up in divorce court with a sticky issue to be resolved: What should be done with $2.2 million in an account the husband claimed was for his personal use? In granting their divorce last week, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes ruled the $2.2 million must be split between Minh Kien Le, 58, and his ex-wife, Mai Huong Cao, 55. The couple escaped with their two
Apr 17, 2007, 8:36 am - Lottery News

Ontario Lottery Corp. ignored claims of corruption
Scandal runs deep and wide; shoddy paperwork and turning a blind eye helped permeate corruption Ontario retail store owners and their families claimed about $100 million in lottery wins between 1999 and 2006, including tens of millions of fraudulent claims ignored by the public lottery corporation, the provincial ombudsman said yesterday. In a scathing report, Andre Marin said the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is more fixated on profits than the integrity of its lottery games and
Mar 27, 2007, 7:44 am - Lottery News

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