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Texas man pleads guilty to fraud in lottery scandal case
A Texas businessman has pleaded guilty to fraud and admitted to helping lottery computer technician Eddie Tipton cash jackpots in a multi-state number-fixing scheme that netted $2 million. Robert Rhodes pleaded guilty in a Des Moines courtroom Monday. Iowa prosecutors will seek two years of probation. Rhodes says he helped Tipton try to cash a $16.5 million 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto ticket but suspicious officials never paid. Rhodes agreed to testify against Tipton and his brother, Tommy Tipt ...
Jan 11, 2017, 4:18 pm - Lottery News forum

Mom, son admit they plotted to kill man over his winning lottery ticket
A New York man and his 49-year-old mother have pleaded guilty in the slaying of a man who was killed over a winning scratch-off lottery ticket. The Monroe County District Attorney's Office says 29-year-old James McCracken, of Rochester, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the slaying of 66-year-old Robert Pinckney. McCracken's mother, Jacqueline Staples, pleaded guilty to a robbery charge. Prosecutors say Staples was with Pinckney at his residence in September 2015 when she be ...
Jan 10, 2017, 9:59 pm - Lottery News forum

Trials for Tipton brothers charged in lottery scandal delayed
Trials for brothers charged with ongoing criminal conduct in Iowa for allegedly fixing lottery games to collect jackpots have been delayed. District Court Judge Bradley McCall entered an order Wednesday moving the trial for Eddie Tipton to July 10. His trial had been scheduled to begin Feb. 13. His brother, Tommy Tipton, a former Texas justice of the peace, was facing trial Jan. 23. His trial date was moved to Sept. 11. Attorneys for both sides agreed to the rescheduling. Eddie Tipto ...
Jan 8, 2017, 10:58 am - Lottery News forum

Man files lawsuit over rigged lottery jackpots
Hopes to achieve class action certification Hundreds of thousands of lottery players who were allegedly cheated by an insider's long-running scheme to rig jackpots should be reimbursed for their losing tickets, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday that seeks class action certification. Lawyers filed the consumer fraud case against the Multi-State Lottery Association, the Iowa-based nonprofit that helps administer games that are offered by state lotteries. It alleges the association faile ...
Jan 4, 2017, 8:56 pm - Lottery News forum

New Jersey makes case to Supreme Court on sports betting
New Jersey's chances of getting the U.S. Supreme Court to consider its attempt to allow legal sports gambling hinge on how a bedrock constitutional principle is applied. The state argued in briefs this week that Congress is barred from forcing states to repeal or reinstate their own laws. That's a reference to an issue at the heart of a lawsuit by the NCAA and the four major pro sports leagues, who argue a 1992 federal law barring all but four states from authorizing sports gambling derails N ...
Dec 28, 2016, 8:45 pm - Lottery News forum

Powerball jackpot winner pleads out in stalking case
A black sheep member of a prominent Marinette County, Wisconsin, family has opted for a plea deal on several felonies he piled up in the wake of winning a $31.4 million Powerball jackpot. Douglas P. Miron, 50, pleaded no contest to amended counts late last month, just as he was scheduled to begin a complicated trial Nov. 1 on a raft of charges from burglary and stalking to reckless endangerment and perjury. Because of Miron's family connections his father is former District Attorney Dan Mi ...
Nov 7, 2016, 7:00 pm - Lottery News forum

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

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