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Man dies after win on lottery TV show
The winner of this week's Hoosier Millionaire game show died after being hit by a pickup truck just hours after the show's taping, authorities said Friday.Carl D. Atwood, 73, won $57,000 on Thursday during a taping of the television game show in Indianapolis, Hoosier Lottery Director Jack Ross said.After the two-hour taping, which will air tonight, Atwood returned to his hometown of Elwood with the check, Ross said.About 7 p.m., Atwood was crossing Main Street a block from his home -- on his w ...
Jan 24, 2004, 11:54 am - Lottery News forum

Record lottery winner accused of making death threats
The winner of the largest single lottery jackpot in U.S. history has been accused of threatening to kill the manager of a bar.Andrew Jack Whittaker, who won the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas 2002, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of threatening Todd Parsons, the manager of Billy Sundays Bar and Grill in St. Albans.Whittaker, who reportedly was banned from the bar, is accused of trying to hit Parsons and threatening to have the victim and his family killed, according to police ...
Jan 7, 2004, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum

Lucky charms' effectiveness 'all in the mind'
Researchers have found that lucky charms work but only in the minds of those who carry them.The first test of charms' effectiveness found they do not increase luck in dvents of pure chance, but users often felt luckier and more confident.The study, by Professor Richard Wiseman of the Psychology Department of the University of Hertfordshire, found carrying a charm had no effect on the chances of choosing winning lottery numbers.However, 30% of those tested felt their luck had improved.Though scep ...
Jan 5, 2004, 6:20 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner pleads guilty to assaulting deputy
The saga of lottery winner Jody Lee Taylor seems to indicate that he's anything but lucky.It's still unclear why he was naked.But there's no doubt it was Jody Lee Taylor, 1992 Virginia Lottery winner, who got high on crack cocaine and Crown Royal blended whiskey one night in June, drove his new Ford pickup the wrong way down U.S. 58 in Axton and then tried to run down a Henry County deputy.Being a lottery winner didn't cause Taylor's problems, his friends and family say, but it sure didn't help. ...
Dec 19, 2003, 3:13 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery nixes man's bid to buy 7 million tickets
A deep-pocketed mystery man from Chicago tried to bet an odds-skewing $7 million on the Mass Millions numbers game this week after Lottery officials opened the door by helping him buy 60,000 of the dollar tickets just last week.Lottery officials furiously backpedaled yesterday, refusing to release the man's identity even as they admitted they have no idea where his cash came from - raising fears among lawmakers that a mobster or drug kinpin may be trying to launder money through the Lottery. I'm ...
Nov 14, 2003, 5:13 am - Lottery News forum

'Money Man' Tosses Cash Into Fla. Crowd
Hundreds of people at a shopping mall fought over nearly $10,000 launched into a crowd by a real estate investor known as the Money Man. Six people were taken to hospitals and six others were treated for cuts and bruises, police spokesman Bill Proffitt said. The most serious injury was a possible broken arm, he said.Police said at least 500 people crowded the BayWalk courtyard on Saturday for the cash giveaway. Kevin Shelton appeared on a balcony before firing $2 bills out of his cash cannon, ...
Sep 16, 2003, 4:16 am - Lottery News forum