Wisconsin woman receives probation for stealing and cashing $25,000 lottery ticket
Former convenience store clerk gets a total of three years' probation for theft and fraud
By Kate Northrop
Jessica N. Surratt, 32, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin was sentenced on Tuesday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to fraud for cashing a winning ticket worth $25,000.
This is in addition to the one year of probation she was initially handed for the theft of tickets back in 2018.
On June 16, 2018, Surratt stole nine scratch-off lottery tickets from the Portage Market Bask ...
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Bill would let Wisconsin Lottery retailers accept debit payment in addition to cash
In an age when more people are making purchases with plastic cards and digital devices, some Wisconsin lawmakers say it's time for lottery players to be able buy tickets via debit payment instead of strictly with cash.
I'm thinking we need to get to the modern age with modern payment systems, which includes debit, said state Rep. Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg), one of the sponsors of a bipartisan bill that would allow debit payment for lottery tickets.
But the retailers who sell the tickets an ...
Oct 30, 2019, 3:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin Republicans to hold hearing on lottery privacy bill
Wisconsin Republicans are planning to take public comments on a bill that would keep lottery winners' names secret.
The Legislature's Committee on State Affairs is set to hold a hearing on the measure in the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos introduced the bill in April on the same day that 24-year-old Manuel Franco of West Allis came forward to claim a $768 million Powerball prize. Franco said he started feeling paranoid as soon as he realized he had the win ...
Jul 10, 2019, 11:19 am - Lottery News forum
$5.9M Wisconsin Lottery jackpot claimed days before expiration
One lucky Wisconsin resident claimed a $5.9 million Megabucks jackpot Friday, the Wisconsin Lottery has announced.
Matthew Neal of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, came forward to claim his prize from the January 16 drawing, according to a press release from the Wisconsin Lottery. He had 180 days to claim the prize.
With the claim deadline of July 15 approaching, people were beginning to wonder if the prize would be lost.
Neal bought the winning ticket at the Kwik Trip at 625 South Taylor Drive in ...
Jul 9, 2019, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin bill allowing anonymity for lottery winners heading to committee
A bill that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous in Wisconsin will go before a State Assembly committee next week.
The privacy act was introduced by Speaker Robin Vos the same day that a Milwaukee-area man claimed a $768 million Powerball prize this spring. Voss says requiring winners to be identified opens them up to possible fraud and takes away their right to privacy.
Manuel Franco, a 24-year-old New Berlin man, claimed the prize back in March and during his press conference ...
Jul 8, 2019, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin lottery winner might miss out on $5.9 million
The biggest Megabucks jackpot won since 2015 nears expiration
The clock is ticking for a Wisconsin lottery winner to claim a $5.9 million lottery jackpot.
Wisconsin Lottery officials said Monday the winning Megabucks ticket was sold Jan. 16 at the Kwik Trip on South Taylor Drive in Sheboygan.
The prize must be claimed by July 15 the end of the 180-day window for a winner to claim a lottery prize.
The winning Megabucks numbers drawn on Jan. 16, 2019, were 1, 5, 28, 29, 37, and 44.
Jul 2, 2019, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin Powerball winner surprises random mom with $200 gift card on Mother's Day
Includes video report
A Franklin Park, Wisconsin, mother shopping Sunday at Target walked out with more than just the diapers on her list.
A young man she had never met before handed her a $200 gift card and told her he just wanted to bless a mom on Mother's Day with something unexpected.
With everything kind of going on in the world, and you just hear so much negative news, I really just wanted people to feel inspired and feel like you know, hey maybe I can do something too to spread ...
May 14, 2019, 11:57 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
GOP bill would keep Wisconsin lottery winners secret
Two Republican lawmakers are introducing a bill that would allow lottery winners in Wisconsin to remain anonymous.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. Gary Tauchen announced the bill Tuesday, about 40 minutes after Manuel Franco of West Allis appeared a Madison news conference to reveal he had won a $768 million Powerball jackpot, the third largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
Current state law doesn't allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. Tauchen said in a news release announcing ...
Apr 24, 2019, 2:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin man, 24, claims $768.4M Powerball lottery jackpot
Includes video report
The winner of a Powerball lottery ticket worth $768.4 million has been revealed. He is 24-year-old Manuel Franco of West Allis.
Franco spoke at length with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, April 23 describing in detail the day he had purchased the tickets that led to this big win. Franco said he left work around 2 p.m. on March 27 and went to the Speedway in New Berlin a few minutes later. He bought $10 worth of individual Powerball tickets.
I pretty much felt luck ...
Apr 23, 2019, 3:04 pm - Lottery News forum