Indiana man says store cost him $11.5M lottery jackpot
A 70-year-old retired chemist is suing a convenience store chain for more than $11.5 million, claiming its employees cheated him out of a large jackpot by refusing to sell him a lottery ticket.
Charles Andrews says in his lawsuit that he picked the winning numbers for the February 2008 Hoosier Lotto drawing, but that a clerk at a Speedway store in Indianapolis refused to sell him a ticket with a few minutes left before the 10:40 p.m. official sales cutoff.
Andrews, of Indianapolis, says th ...
Apr 27, 2010, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victim dies scarred
Even in the last months of her life, Lorraine Teicht could not fully trust people.
She could never get over how three of her workmates had once turned on her.
Suspicious that she had filched a $5.7 million 6/49 lottery ticket that rightfully belonged to all four, they had hired a private eye to see if her lifestyle had dramatically changed.
I could not trust them after they came to my house and accused me of stealing the winnings, Teicht wrote on March 11.
I still do not feel relax ...
Apr 16, 2010, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania store manager accused in lottery thefts
The ex-store manager of a Bangor, Pennsylvania, area gas station pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she stole instant lottery tickets that cost the station a little more than $74,000 over three years.
While Tolino Fuel Service officials said Michelle Ann Zucal, 39, of Bangor had admitted to stealing lottery tickets, defense attorney Gregory Paglianite tried to raise questions as to how they know Zucal was responsible for the store's entire loss.
During sometimes heated exchanges wit ...
Apr 6, 2010, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Prison terms for lottery ticket attackers
A $5 Bankroll lottery ticket won eastern Henrico County, Virginia, resident Jeff Brownell $1,000 last year but cost him his left eye in a brutal robbery attempt.
Yesterday, a plea agreement, a promise of immunity and a jury trial resulted in vastly different outcomes for Brownell's attackers.
Last night, after deliberating less than an hour, a Henrico jury found a neighbor of Brownell's guilty of multiple charges in the attack May 14 last year. Richard Greene, 33, the neighbor who did not ...
Mar 25, 2010, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Sisters' lottery jackpot trial begins today
The lottery numbers that sisters Theresa Sokaitis and Rose Bakaysa had played together for years finally paid off in 2005, yielding a $500,000 Powerball jackpot.
But for whom?
Sokaitis, 84, of Middletown, Connecticut, claims she never saw a dime of that money and sued her older sister. This morning, their dispute over the jackpot will go to trial before a judge at Superior Court in New Britain.
I love my sister and I feel bad this is all getting dragged into court, but I have children ...
Mar 23, 2010, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery sued for trademark infringement
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is the target of a lawsuit by a man who claims he owns the trademark to names the state lottery is using.
Ed Dozier of Little Rock filed suit Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court, claiming that as far back as 1994 he secured the trademark to Arkansas Lottery and several other similar terms.
Dozier is asking a judge to order the state lottery to stop using the names.
The suit, filed by the Davidson Law Firm in Pulaski County Circuit Court, seeks a dec ...
Mar 18, 2010, 9:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery slaying now a 1st-degree case
A grand jury indicted Dorice Donegan Dee Dee Moore on Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder in the death and disappearance of Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.
Grand jurors returned a one-count indictment against Moore for premeditated murder. It accuses Moore of shooting Shakespeare between April 1 and April 13.
The next step is for Moore to enter a plea to the charge during an arraignment before Circuit Judge Daniel Sleet. That has yet to be scheduled.
Shakespeare was ...
Mar 12, 2010, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa court says man can't collect casino winnings
A man who won more than $9,000 at an Iowa casino can't collect his winnings because he was banned from the casino 10 years earlier, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
The court found that Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona had the authority to withhold winnings from a person who had been involuntary excluded.
The case involved Troy Blackford, who won $9,387 on May 5, 2006. Because of the size of the jackpot, Prairie Meadows had to issue a W-2 immediately for tax purposes. ...
Feb 13, 2010, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
$500K lottery prize divides two elderly sisters
A passion for gambling shared by two once-inseparable octogenarian sisters has ended up dividing them, with the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that one can sue the other for a share of a winning $500,000 lottery ticket.
The court said 83-year-old Theresa Sokaitis, of Middletown, can try to enforce a written contract she signed with her 87-year-old sister, Rose Bakaysa, of Plainville, agreeing to split any gambling winnings.
Sokaitis says she is due a share of a $500,000 Powerball jackpot ...
Aug 11, 2009, 9:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia high court rules that lottery must be accessible
Federal and state laws require the Virginia Lottery to ensure that its games are accessible to people with disabilities, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
But nothing in those laws specifies how accessibility must be achieved, the court said in a unanimous decision reviving a lawsuit filed by four disabled Virginians who identified 16 lottery retailers unable to accommodate their wheelchairs.
The court returned the case to Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret P. Spencer to determine what ...
Jun 5, 2009, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum