Colorado man forfeits lottery winnings after missing claim deadline by three days
Player who lost out urges other winners not to wait to claim winnings
By Kate Northrop
With days melding together in the midst the ongoing pandemic, it's easy to lose track of time. Sadly, that's exactly what happened to a Colorado player who lost all of his lottery winnings when he missed the deadline to turn the winning ticket in by just three days.
Peter Bayley bought a ticket for the Powerball draw game this past spring and won $1,500 using his own lucky numbers. He was ecstatic he ...
Nov 2, 2020, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Colorado police arrest thief who stole lottery tickets on two separate occasions
Criminal stole nearly $7,300 in lottery tickets; one more suspect remains unidentified
By Kate Northrop
Following an investigation of two separate burglaries involving the theft of Colorado Lottery tickets, police have identified and arrested the perpetrator who organized both ordeals.
On Thurs., Oct. 22, Platteville police arrested Francisco Lorenzo Pedraza, 25, just hours after he was accused of breaking into a gas station on Justin Avenue.
At around three in the morning, Pedraza a ...
Oct 28, 2020, 4:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Colorado Lottery hosts first-ever hackathon for new game development
With VIP guests and cash prizes galore, GameJam aims to encourage innovators to envision a new future of the lottery
By Kate Northrop
A new event aiming to spark innovation in lottery game development will kick off this week.
From July 31 through August 9, the Colorado Lottery will host GameJam, the first-ever hackathon specifically geared toward new game development and creating novel lottery products.
According to the Colorado Lottery, the goal of the virtual event is to engage the ...
Jul 29, 2020, 2:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Colorado man wins two $1 million lottery prizes on the same day
He's played the same numbers for 30 years
They say persistence is key, and after 30 years of playing the same numbers in the Colorado Lottery, a man in Pueblo, Colorado, found that to be true and finally got his big reward.
Two big rewards, that is.
The winner, identified as Joe B., won two major Powerball prizes on Wednesday, March 25 worth $1 million each. Joe B. claimed the winnings Friday.
The winning tickets were both sold to Joe B. on Lake Avenue in Pueblo: one at a 7-Eleven ( ...
Apr 28, 2020, 7:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Colorado Lottery launches updated Lotto game
The classic Lotto game is now Colorado Lotto+
On Sunday, the Colorado Lottery's 30 year-old Lotto game was replaced with the new-and-improved Colorado Lotto+.
All 3,200 of the Lottery's retailer partners launched Colorado Lotto+ on September 22. The new game increased the cost to $2 per ticket, and has better odds of winning and more ways to win. The first Colorado Lotto+ drawing is set for Wednesday night, September 25.
Colorado Lotto+ is similar to the classic Lotto game in that playe ...
Sep 23, 2019, 10:19 am - Lottery News forum
Court rejects Colorado man's claim to full $4.8M lottery jackpot he unwittingly split with scammers
Even though Amir Massihzadeh of Boulder, Colorado, was the only legitimate winner of a Colorado Lotto jackpot worth $4.8 million in 2005, he's not eligible to claim the full winnings, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in a decision released Thursday.
Massihzadeh, one of three ticket holders to win that jackpot, accepted his prize of $568,990, after taxes. But 10 years later, a criminal investigation exposed a scheme to rig lotteries across state lines, and officials determined the other two ...
Jun 21, 2019, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery-scamming brothers avoid asset seizures by transferring property to their mother
By Jason Clayworth
Two brothers who were behind the largest lottery scam in U.S. history and owe more than $2.3 million in unpaid restitution and court fees recently transferred several properties they owned to their mother.
The transfers from Eddie and Tommy Tipton have raised further questions about why four states Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin and Colorado have yet to seize their properties.
It has been about two years since the brothers admitted their role in a scam that hijacked lott ...
Apr 29, 2019, 9:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Colorado man who unwittingly split a $4.8M jackpot with scammer is fighting the Colorado Lottery
In 2005, three people won a Colorado Lotto jackpot worth $4.8 million, and Boulder's Amir Massihzadeh held one set of winning numbers.
He accepted his prize of $568,990 after splitting the pot and paying taxes and moved on with life.
Ten years later, Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents visited Massihzadeh to interview him about his winning number because they were investigating a criminal scheme to rig lotteries. They suspected the other two ticket-holders who split the prize with Mass ...
Apr 15, 2019, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
Investigation finds lottery scamming Tipton brothers have repaid virtually nothing
By Jason Clayworth and Rachel Denny Clow
Two brothers who spearheaded the biggest lottery scam in U.S. history have repaid less than $1,400 in restitution despite owning property worth nearly $2 million, a Des Moines Register and Corpus Christi Caller Times investigation has found.
Between them, Eddie and Tommy Tipton have admitted rigging winning drawings in at least five states, including Iowa, worth a combined $24 million.
But they have barely made a dent in the more than $2.4 millio ...
Dec 27, 2018, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Audit reveals 'questionable' Colorado Lottery wins
A handful of people seem to have been winning the Colorado Lottery a bit more often than the odds would dictate, raising the specter of possible wrongdoing, a state audit revealed Monday.
That audit showed that some individuals, including one licensed Lottery retailer, have won several high-dollar prizes over the past three years, raising concerns with the Colorado Auditor's Office that something could be amiss.
One person won $600 or more from the Lottery's Pick 3 game 47 times over a th ...
Sep 25, 2018, 9:16 am - Lottery News forum