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Judge: Poker pro Ivey, pal broke gambling rules in $10M win
A federal judge ruled on Friday that poker pro Phil Ivey and a companion violated state gambling regulations in the way they won nearly $10 million at cards at an Atlantic City casino. U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman determined that the pair did not meet their obligation to follow gambling regulations on four occasions in 2012 by having a dealer at the Borgata arrange Baccarat cards so they could tell what kind of card was coming next. By shifting the odds in their favor, they viola ...
Oct 21, 2016, 8:32 pm - Lottery News forum

Charges dismissed against mother in lottery ticket scheme
Charges have been dismissed against one of three people charged with fraudulently claiming a lottery ticket prize. District Judge David Lester on Monday dismissed a charge of aiding and abetting theft of a lottery ticket or share against Sally Bosler. His ruling came after an oral motion from the state requesting the dismissal because, prosecutors said, insufficient evidence now exists to convict Bosler. Bosler, 42, her daughter Ashley Bosler and Ashley Bosler's boyfriend, Johnny Long Jr., ...
Oct 18, 2016, 2:31 pm - Lottery News forum

Judge rules NJ couple's lottery annuity payments can't be taxed retroactively
A New Jersey Tax Court judge has sided with a couple who won $46 million in the state lottery in 2000 and elected to have their winnings distributed in annual installments as a multiyear annuity payment, holding that the state did not have the right to retroactively tax their winnings after passing a new statute. Plaintiffs Melvin Milligan and Kim Lawton-Milligan, who won the Big Game Lottery jackpot drawing in 2000, opted for 26 annual payouts of $1.77 million. They argued that the 2009 sta ...
Oct 14, 2016, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum

Illinois woman loses out on $50K lottery ticket after buying it with drug money
A woman who lived with a Decatur drug dealer ended up losing big time when she took a judicial gamble on winning back the proceeds of a $50,000 lottery ticket. The state of Illinois had initially seized the money as the ill-gotten gains of a ticket bought with drug money. But then a Macon County judge later ruled against the state and awarded the lottery cash to the woman, Tykisha Lofton. Now, in a decision filed Sept. 27, the three-judge Fourth District Appeals Court ruled unanimously to ...
Oct 7, 2016, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum

Trio charged in lottery ticket theft plead not guilty
By Todd Northrop An Iowa woman, her boyfriend, and her mother have all plead not guilty to charges of stealing a winning scratch lottery ticket and working together to attempt to claim the prize. (See 3 charged in theft of $250,000 lottery ticket, Lottery Post, Aug. 5, 2016.) The boyfriend, Johnny Long Jr., Monday entered his written plea in Buena Vista County District Court to theft of a lottery ticket or share. The Sioux Rapids, Iowa, resident is 26 years old. His trial is set for Sep ...
Aug 16, 2016, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum

NY man sentenced to 4+ years in prison for lottery scam targeting elderly
A New York man who ran a bogus lottery scam, in which elderly people were told they won millions but would have to pay taxes in advance to receive a payout, has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison and ordered to repay more than $733,000. Wilder Vladimir Merelan, 29, of West Hempsted, New York, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison by Judge Mark L. Wolf in U.S. District Court in Boston, according to the U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz's office. Wolf also ordered him to p ...
Aug 11, 2016, 2:13 pm - Lottery News forum

Appeals court hands loss to New Jersey sports betting effort
A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt another defeat to New Jersey's years long attempt to legalize sports betting, setting aside the state's legal challenge to a federal betting ban. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling invalidated a law passed by New Jersey in 2014 that would have allowed sports betting at casinos and racetracks. The court found New Jersey's law violated the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which limits sports betting to the handful of states ...
Aug 9, 2016, 11:07 am - Lottery News forum

Iowa court reverses part of Tipton's lottery fraud conviction
An Iowa appeals court on Wednesday upheld a former lottery employee's conviction for rigging the computer system to generate the winning ticket in a $16 million jackpot, but reversed a conviction for attempting to cash in on the ticket. The conviction stems from Eddie Tipton's work for the Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, or MSLA, which produces computers that generate random numbers for lotteries in multiple states. As an employee of the association, Tipton was barred from playing ...
Jul 28, 2016, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner invested $3M in crystal meth ring
Georgia man pleads guilty to drug trafficking, gun charges A Georgia man who won $3 million in a scratch-off lottery game last year invested his winnings in a crystal meth trafficking ring, according to federal prosecutors. Ronnie Music Jr., 45, pleaded guilty last week to federal drug trafficking and firearm charges. Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth, U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver said. As a result of ...
Jul 26, 2016, 2:38 pm - Lottery News forum

Eddie Tipton's new trial delayed until 2017
The second trial for a former lottery official accused of fixing jackpots in five states will be postponed until next year. An Iowa prosecutor and Eddie Tipton's attorney told a judge Wednesday they've agreed to a Feb. 13 trial date. The judge hasn't yet set a location for the trial. The former information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) was convicted last year of fraud for attempting to rig a 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto drawing. He's appealing. After his convic ...
Jul 1, 2016, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum

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