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Record Powerball winner's wealth may have contributed to kin's death
Sdventeen-year-old Brandi Bragg was laid to rest on Friday, almost two years to the day after her doting grandfather came into the great wealth that some say was Brandi's misfortune.The only granddaughter of Jack Whittaker, winner of the richest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history, was found dead earlier this week of what may have been a drug overdose.Whittaker and others say her sudden access to vast wealth had brought new friends and dangerous habits. Since she won the lottery she had to ...
Dec 24, 2004, 4:37 pm - Lottery News forum

Details of lottery winner kin's death still sketchy
The 17-year-old granddaughter of the nation's largest lottery winner was found dead near her boyfriend's home, her body wrapped in a sheet and plastic tarp. Brandi Bragg, who lived in the nearby town of Hurricane, was last seen alive Dec. 4. She was reported missing five days later by Jack Whittaker, who won a $314.9 million jackpot on Christmas Day 2002 but has battled legal and other problems since then.The cause of death was under investigation. Authorities said there were no obvious signs o ...
Dec 21, 2004, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum

Record Powerball lottery winner's granddaughter found dead
The body of record Powerball winner Jack Whittaker's 17-year-old granddaughter was found Monday in a rural area in western West Virginia, State Police said.Brandi Bragg's body was tentatively identified based on tattoos on her neck, said State Police Sgt. Jay Powers. The troopers (at the scene) had talked to her in the past and knew her, Powers said.State Police found the body behind a junked vehicle in a grassy area on Scary Creek Road outside Scott Depot in Putnam County, across the road from ...
Dec 20, 2004, 5:43 pm - Lottery News forum

Boxing career debut for Mega lottery loser
The Ohio woman who falsely claimed she lost a winning $162 million Mega Millions ticket last year says she's taking a new career path as a boxer.Forty-one-year-old Elecia Battle says she's been training for seven months and will make her debut in January under the ring name Mega Battle. Battle grabbed national headlines saying she lost the winning ticket for the December 30th, 2003, drawing when she dropped her purse outside a South Euclid convenience store.The night the story broke, people wit ...
Dec 18, 2004, 12:06 pm - Lottery News forum

Honest Virginia man rectifies $1.8 million bank error
Last week, Mike Kainrath opened his mail and found a notice from his bank: We credit your account $1,789,830.61.Some people might start jotting a wish list: pay off mortgage, start (and finish) taking care of the childrens college, buy a new car.Kainrath had only one thought: Oh, no!Not again.Kainrath, a Suffolk resident and marketing research manager at The Virginian-Pilot , got a similar notice two Novembers ago when his checking account was credited with $2,700. In April 2003 , it happened a ...
Nov 26, 2004, 12:29 pm - Lottery News forum

Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers Drawing Suspicions
The same four digits have hit in the daytime Big 4 lottery drawing in three out of the past four days.Yesterday, 5048 was the winning Big 4 number, as seen on Lottery Post's Pennsylvania Results Page. On Saturday, 8504 was the winning number, and 5408 hit on Friday.Also, 4508 hit in the Aug. 9 midday Big 4 drawing.The odds of any one four-digit number hitting on a given day are 1-in-10,000. Someone who regularly plays a boxed ticket -- that is, uses the same four digits, but rearranges them t ...
Aug 24, 2004, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum

Fortune Cookies Net Winning Mega Numbers
It pays to eat Chinese.Three Virginians who had fortune cookies for dessert at Chinese restaurants they visited used the numbers they received to win $175,000 each in the July 27 Mega Millions drawing.Sandra Howell of Moneta, Kiry Enn of Richmond and Raymond Sawyer of Chesapeake held three of seven tickets that were good for the second-place prize. The tickets matched the first five Mega Millions numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.It's the first time eating Chinese has paid off to that e ...
Aug 18, 2004, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum

Mystery lottery winner donates winning ticket
Officials in western Japan are marvelling at the generosity of a mystery philanthropist who donated a $1.8 million lottery ticket to help victims of recent torrential rainstorms.In an extremely rare display of charity, a winning lottery ticket good for a 200 million yen grand prize was mailed to the governor of Fukui prefecture on Friday with a note saying it was intended as a donation for rain victims. I am sending a lottery ticket that is blessed with luck hoping that it will be of some help t ...
Jul 26, 2004, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum

Mega Millions lottery fraudster tries boxing
Elecia Battle, the woman who caused a controversy when she falsely claimed that she lost a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket, is back in the news, and she's literally fighting to get there.Battle is now turning to boxing, fighting under the name Mega Battle Bad Girl. The former high school kick boxer made headlines in January when she claimed to have lost the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket, worth more than $150 million.She later said she was mistaken, and was charged with filing a fals ...
Jul 22, 2004, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum

474 keeps coming up in Pennsylvania Lottery
Wanna make a quick $250? Or maybe more?If recent history is any indication -- which it isn't -- play 474 on today's Daily Number, and you just may beat the long odds. The number has hit four times since May 17, when 474 was drawn as the midday Daily Number. On May 29, the number hit during the evening drawing. And Saturday, the number hit twice, once in the afternoon and again that evening.The odds of that happening are quite literally one in a million. That's better than your odds of hitting a ...
Jun 15, 2004, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum