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Winners of $63M Australian Powerball jackpot resolve court battle with man who claimed share
Owners of lottery pool and retailer that sold winning ticket close up shop and move into $3.2 million mansion By Kate Northrop A legal battle between a man who claimed he was owed a share of a $63 million Australian Powerball jackpot and the organizers of the group that won it has been quietly resolved. Tania and Kevin Parkes, the owners of the retailer that sold a winning ticket for a $126 million (US$91.3 million) Powerball jackpot in February and the organizers of the lottery grou
Sep 9, 2022, 7:19 pm - Lottery News

$1.5 billion Mega Millions winner explains how "Lottery Lawyer" Jason Kurland stole $83 million
Jury convicts conman on wire fraud, money laundering charges By Kate Northrop The famous and still anonymous winner of the record $1.4 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot from South Carolina emerged from her legendary silence to deliver a testimony against New York Lottery Lawyer Jason Jay Kurland that explains how he stole $83 million from her in his schemes. On July 26, the United States Department of Justice announced that a jury found Kurland, 48, guilty of defrauding his own l
Aug 16, 2022, 7:13 pm - Lottery News

Lottery rigger Eddie Tipton released on parole
Final decision after back-and-forth fate of convicted former MUSL Security Director By Kate Northrop Convicted lottery rigger Eddie Tipton was released from prison on Friday following a series of events that had his freedom in limbo. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections online prison records, Eddie Tipton, 59, was released from prison in Clarinda, Iowa on parole. Tipton changed lottery history forever when he was sentenced to the maximum 25 years in prison for rigging
Jul 21, 2022, 7:45 am - Lottery News

Trial begins for "Lottery Lawyer" Jason Kurland; claims he is as much of a victim as lottery winners
Attorney who allegedly conned millions from big jackpot winners appears in three-week trial By Kate Northrop Trial is officially underway for the New York-based attorney who is charged by federal prosecutors with stealing millions of dollars from the dozens of significant lottery jackpot winners he advised. Jason Jay Kurland, 48, was the lawyer many big lottery winners would go to for counsel on how to manage their newfound absurd amounts of wealth. Now, he's on trial for conspirac
Jul 15, 2022, 1:57 pm - Lottery News

North Carolina Lottery winner of $10 million sentenced to life in prison for murder
By Kate Northrop A North Carolina Lottery winner who won a $10 million prize in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murder. In 2017, Michael Todd Hill, 54, struck it big after winning $10 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket. After having been charged with the murder of 23-year-old Keonna Graham in 2020, he has now been handed a life sentence in prison. Hill, of Leland, worked in a nuclear plant in 2017 when he hit millions on an Ultimate Millions
Jun 1, 2022, 6:29 am - Lottery News

Parole revoked for lottery rigger Eddie Tipton
Decision to release former security director reversed By Kate Northrop Eddie Tipton, the former MUSL Director of Security who was convicted of rigging multiple lottery drawings in several states, will not be released from prison after his parole was revoked. In January, Tipton re-entered national headlines when the Iowa Board of Parole decided to grant him his release from prison. However, the board revoked his parole in March after an incident involving him in prison came to light
Apr 9, 2022, 5:01 pm - Lottery News

Iowa Lottery says gas prices, inflation impacting sales
Iowa Lottery sales so far this fiscal year are nearly even through February when compared to the record set last year, but soaring inflation and gas prices are starting to have an effect. Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer, says higher gas prices and inflation are starting to show their impact on sales. That doesn't leave as much money for entertainment options such as the Lottery. So, we are starting to see some of the impact of that, Neubauer says. Sales of Instant scratch ticket
Mar 24, 2022, 11:27 am - Lottery News

Rising gas prices may impact lottery sales
Arkansas Lottery Director says they are not surprised about potential dip in sales By Kate Northrop With gas prices on the rise, players may be cutting back on their lottery spending in the near future. State lotteries may begin to see a downward trend in their revenue stream in the upcoming months should lottery players start to rethink their budget to accommodate for rising gas prices. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette interviewed Vicki Skaggs of Benton, Arkansas, an office manag
Mar 14, 2022, 8:48 am - Lottery News

Man photoshops himself with $343.9 million lottery check to get more Tinder matches
It worked By Kate Northrop A Tinder user was feeling discouraged by the lack of matches he was receiving on the popular dating app, so he changed his approach by photoshopping himself into a picture of a well-known Powerball winner. A man who goes by the name of Hieu Thai (in his photoshopped image) came up with an idea to draw more attention to his dating profile on Tinder, and it worked. In a sneaky, and admittedly detailed, job of careful editing, some TikTok users have bran
Mar 4, 2022, 5:20 pm - Lottery News

$50 scratch-off lottery trend takes off in multiple states
Is your state the latest to add a $50 scratch-off? By Kate Northrop Lottery players are seeing the dawn of a new era in the lottery industry where $50 scratch-off tickets are now becoming the most expensive games one can reach for at a lottery retailer. More of the most expensive scratch-off tickets yet are making their way to retailer shelves across multiple states, and players will have to shell out some serious cash for these. Among the jurisdictions who recently announced t
Feb 16, 2022, 8:20 pm - Lottery News

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