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Woman sues casino that offered her steak dinner instead of $43 million jackpot
Katrina Bookman captured national attention last year when she played a Sphinx Slot Machine at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York, and it appeared as though she'd won $43 million which would have been the largest jackpot ever won on the slots in U.S. history. She excitedly snapped a selfie with the screen, believing her life was forever changed. But when Bookman came to collect her prize, a casino worker told her she hadn't actually won anything and offered her nothing but a complimenta ...
Jun 16, 2017, 6:45 pm - Lottery News forum

Florida man sues friend in dispute over $1M lottery ticket
A Lakeland, Florida, man is suing a friend who he says cheated him out of money from a $1 million lottery ticket. Court records show John Rhoades filed a lawsuit against Tyler Scott, and Scott's girlfriend Brittany Causey. Wells Fargo Bank is also listed as a defendant. Rhoades said he used his own money to purchase a winning Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket from a Wawa gas station located on Highway 98 in Lakeland. He says he showed Scott the winning ticket, and his friend told him i ...
Jun 15, 2017, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum

Documentary: The Lottery Liar
Includes video report This is the incredibly strange tale of Howard and his wife Kathy Walmsley. One day back in the late 90's Howard told Kathy a whopper of a lie that he won a 8.9 million (US$11.5 million) jackpot in the British National Lottery. And Kathy believed him. As a result the two went on a shopping spree, buying fast cars, a dream home and a lifestyle fit for a multi-millionaire but it was all one big deception, as Howard hadn't actually won a single penny. The film was c ...
May 9, 2017, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum

Duo facing felony charges in lottery theft scheme
Two Indiana women are facing multiple felony theft charges for their alleged roles in a lottery theft scheme at a convenience store. Melinda C. Lanning, 42, and Reagan S. Richardson, 19, both of Connersville, Indiana, were each charged in late March by special prosecutor Andrew Bryson of Union County with two counts of Level 6 felony theft, stemming from an investigation by both the Connersville Police Department and the State Lottery Commission of Indiana into the duo allegedly stealing thou ...
Apr 11, 2017, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner gets 21 years for financing drug trafficking operation
Ronnie Music Jr., a Waycross, Georgia man who sank part of $3 million in lottery winnings into methamphetamine trafficking, will spend the next 21 years in prison on drug conspiracy and firearms charges. Last July, the 46-year-old Music admitted his involvement in multi-state drug trafficking, including a ring being run from a Georgia prison that he fronted with lottery winnings. He also pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. (See Lottery winner invested $3M i ...
Apr 4, 2017, 5:28 pm - Lottery News forum

Best friend to testify against Tipton at July lottery rigging trial
It took Texas businessman Robert Rhodes more than a year to turn against his good old boy best friend after he realized that Eddie Tipton would not do a deal and tell prosecutors about how he had created an elaborate system to rig lotteries in five states. But despite fear for his safety, Rhodes is poised to give testimony at a trial scheduled for July 10 in Des Moines that prosecutors hope will finally put Tipton behind bars a decade after launching a scheme that netted $2 million in jackpot ...
Mar 31, 2017, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum

Florida Governor appeals loss in lottery case
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is moving ahead in his legal battle with House Speaker Richard Corcoran over the state-run Florida Lottery. The Scott administration on Tuesday appealed a ruling that found that lottery officials lacked the legal authority to approve a 15-year contract worth more than $700 million. Corcoran sued the state's lottery secretary in February, arguing the contract with IGT Global Solutions to run lottery games is illegal, because it exceeds the Florida Lottery's authorize ...
Mar 28, 2017, 4:10 pm - Lottery News forum

Illinois Lottery's private manager faces 2nd lawsuit alleging fraud
A second lawsuit has been filed accusing the Illinois Lottery's private manager of defrauding players after an investigation found the lottery did not award many of the biggest prizes in its largest instant ticket games. The lawsuit was filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court by two people who describe themselves as longtime scratch-off players, and like the first one filed last month in downstate St. Clair County it seeks class-action status to cover all players who bought tickets for t ...
Mar 25, 2017, 3:34 pm - Lottery News forum

Judge rules whistleblower suit against Georgia Lottery can go forward
A whistleblower lawsuit claiming a Georgia Lottery executive was fired after refusing to support inflated sales projections should go to trial, a Fulton County Superior Court judge decided this week. Kenneth Knight, former vice president for financial management at the Georgia Lottery, argued that he was pressured by Lottery President Debbie Alford and his boss to present the lottery board with flawed sales projections in April 2014. Knight says in the lawsuit that he told his boss about prob ...
Mar 22, 2017, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum

Kansas files lawsuit against accused lottery rigger
A lawsuit by the state of Kansas accuses the man at the center of a multi-state lottery number-fixing scam of working with two others to redeem two rigged lottery tickets for $44,000. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday he filed the Shawnee County lawsuit against Eddie Tipton and two others who Schmidt says turned in the tickets to the Kansas Lottery. Schmidt alleges Tipton used software manipulation to rig the tickets. Tipton, 54, of Flatonia, Texas, once worked as the ...
Mar 16, 2017, 6:26 am - Lottery News forum

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