Police official tried to cash in stolen lottery ticket
The chairman of a Connecticut police commission has resigned after being charged in Florida with trying to cash in a winning $520,000 lottery ticket that was reported stolen by his niece.
Michael Royston, 49, was freed on bond after his arrest last Thursday at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, and on Friday night, he sent a terse resignation email to Windsor Locks Town Clerk William Hamel, saying only: Effective immediately I am resigning my position as police commissioner.
Aug 10, 2015, 7:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Man forgets glasses, mistakenly buys winning lottery ticket
A man in southwestern Connecticut who mistakenly bought the wrong lottery ticket is $30,000 wealthier.
Bob Sabo, of Easton, says he didn't want to wait in line to buy a lottery ticket at the Super Stop Shop in Fairfield, so he decided to buy a ticket from a lottery vending machine - something he had previously never done.
Sabo says he meant to buy two $20 tickets, but says he didn't have his glasses on and instead bought a $30 ticket.
When I got home and scratched the 30X ticket, I cou ...
Jun 29, 2015, 11:17 am - Lottery News forum
Man offered cop winning lottery numbers to drop DUI charge
A man arrested on drunken driving charges in Middletown, Connecticut, told police he was a state lottery employee and offered the police officer winning lottery numbers to drop the charges, police said.
Police approached Robert K. Eldridge Jr. 41, of Cromwell, on Union Street, near DeKoven Drive, just after 3 p.m. on June 14 when he was stopped at a green light and appeared to be passed out behind the steering wheel.
When Eldridge came to, he attempted to start the car but then noticed the ...
Jun 24, 2015, 4:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery makes its pitch for keno
Proponents told members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on Wednesday that bringing keno to Connecticut is essential to keeping the state's lottery competitive with other states', while opponents decried the game as a short-sighted and ill-advised way to generate revenue.
The bill would allow the Connecticut Lottery Corp. to offer keno throughout the state and is projected to generate $5 million in its first year after startup expenses. After that, proponents say keno will genera ...
Apr 16, 2015, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Quest for lottery jackpot denied again
The long-running case of Clarence Jackson, who has been fighting for 19 years to claim $5.8 million in lottery winnings, encountered another setback Tuesday when a legislative committee voted 13-12 to reject his case.
Jackson held a winning lottery ticket, but tried to redeem it three days past the deadline. Since then, Jackson has been on a roller coaster with the once-in-a-lifetime ticket that would have made him a millionaire.
(See CT lawmakers again seek lottery winnings from 1995 tick ...
Mar 18, 2015, 11:19 am - Lottery News forum
CT lawmakers again seek lottery winnings from 1995 ticket
By the time state Rep. Ernest Hewett met him, the kid was in his 30s.
But to Hewett, the six-term Democrat from New London, Clarence Jackson's still the kid. And Hewett says he'll keep fighting for him until Jackson gets the $5.8 million Connecticut lottery jackpot that's eluded him for more than 18 years.
'Give the kid the money' that's what they used to say around the Capitol, Hewett recalled last week. That's what we ought to do.
Jackson's oft-told story, revived again this month d ...
Feb 23, 2015, 11:01 am - Lottery News forum
Man wins lottery, loses in court
A lottery winner who claims he was deceived when his lawyer teamed up with a finance company and persuaded him to take a lump sum for his annualized jackpot narrowly lost a split decision at the state Supreme Court Monday in a case that turned on how long victims have to sue.
In his suit against the finance company, John D. Flannery claimed and the Supreme Court concluded that he was given bad tax advice by attorney Glenn MacGrady and Singer Asset Finance to induce him to take a one-time paym ...
Jun 17, 2014, 7:28 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery launches 5 Card Cash
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
Starting Sunday, May 4, Connecticut Lottery players will have a new midday game to play featuring a playing card theme is proving to be very popular throughout North America.
The new $2 lotto game called 5 Card Cash is modeled after the popular poker-themed games found in several state and provincial lotteries throughout the United States and Canada.
While most Connecticut Lottery games either have the opportunity to win instantly, or in a daily ...
May 4, 2014, 12:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Keno on track for arrival in Connecticut by next summer
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. on Thursday approved a seven-year contract that could bring keno gambling to the state by early next summer.
The agreement allows the lottery to spend $5.4 million, payable in two installments of $2.7 million, to the New York-based Scientific Games Inc., on the equipment, software and other investments needed to launch and maintain keno in Connecticut.
The contract approved by the board calls for the addition of up to 600 new retailers, such as bars and restau ...
Sep 27, 2013, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum
New England's 'Lucky for Life' game to gain second lifetime prize
Lucky for Life, the multi-state draw game that offers lottery players throughout New England the opportunity to win up to $1,000 a day, every day, for their entire life, is going to get a lot more lively with the addition of another lifetime prize to its robust prize offerings.
Beginning with the September 19, 2013 drawing, Lucky for Life's second-tier prize will be elevated to a $25,000 a year for life payout, making it the only game in the country that offers two lifetime prizes. This new p ...
Sep 5, 2013, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum