Lottery winner can seek bigger prize at trial, judge rules
Lucky Larry may have a shot to win millions more this time from a jury.
A judge has ordered a trial in a lawsuit filed by Iowa lottery winner Larry Dawson, who contends a $9 million jackpot that he won in 2011 should have been nearly three times as big.
Dawson filed his lawsuit in 2016 after an investigation revealed that lottery contractor Eddie Tipton rigged the previous $16.5 million jackpot, bought the winning ticket himself and unsuccessfully worked with associates to claim it.
May 17, 2019, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum
UK store clerk steals thousands in lottery scratch tickets, wins nothing
A debt-ridden Scottish store clerk stole 1,500 (US$2,000) worth of lottery scratch tickets from the store where he worked, and didn't win a single penny.
Andrew Lochrie, 28, helped himself to rolls of the National Lottery instants games from the supermarket where he worked hoping to clear mounting debts.
But over the course of his crimes, between August 1 and October 24, 2017, Lochrie won nothing which a judge told him was a lesson .
Lochrie worked at the Co-op supermarket on Shore Stre ...
Feb 10, 2019, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa lottery lawsuit granted class action, affecting 7.2 million tickets in 19 states
By Jason Clayworth
A judge has granted class-action status in a lawsuit that claims people who purchased at least 7.2 million lottery tickets in 19 states were scammed by a former national lottery IT director who worked in Iowa.
Eddie Tipton, the former IT director for the Multi-State Lottery Association in Urbandale, added a secret code to random number-generating computer software in 2005 that allowed him to narrow the drawing's winning odds from as great as 5 million to 1 down to 200 to ...
Jan 28, 2019, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
US woman convicted in Jamaican lottery scam to remain jailed
A federal judge in North Dakota on Monday ordered a Rhode Island woman convicted of funnelling lottery scam money between the US and Jamaica to remain jailed pending a February sentencing hearing, where she could face a stiffer sentence than the alleged mastermind.
Her hands were all over the conspiracy that authorities said bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million, US District Judge Daniel Hovland said at the end of a contentious detention hearing in which M ...
Dec 5, 2018, 2:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Feds bust up illegal fantasy football lottery scheme
A business pairing the enormously popular fantasy football leagues with the Georgia Lottery must have looked like a money-making combination.
Two eager investors thought so and forked out $500,000 in loans to the Atlanta man who hatched the idea of a fantasy football lottery league. But Timothy Cobb, a former lawyer who once worked for Turner Broadcasting System, was running a scam, according to allegations in a federal indictment unsealed this week.
Cobb is no longer engaging in fantasy, ...
Dec 1, 2018, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
British man charged with fraudulently claiming £2.5 million lottery jackpot
Faked winning ticket?
A man who won 2.5 Million in the UK's National Lottery appeared in court today accused of faking the winning ticket.
Edward Putman, 53, made his first appearance in the crown court following a three year police investigation.
But, in a preliminary hearing, his barrister Lawrence Selby told St. Albans Crown Court that Putman would be making an application to dismiss the charge.
In October, Putman appeared before magistrates to plead not guilty to fraud by false r ...
Nov 26, 2018, 8:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Last defendant in large Jamaican lottery scam convicted
A federal jury in North Dakota on Friday convicted a Rhode Island woman of helping scam elderly Americans out of millions of dollars, capping a large-scale Jamaican lottery scam case that authorities have been investigating and prosecuting for six years.
Jurors found Melinda Bulgin, 28, guilty of 15 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering, after 3 1/2 hours of deliberations over two days. Defense attorney Kevin Chapman said he likely will appeal.
The Providence woman was the last ...
Sep 15, 2018, 8:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Last defendant in Jamaican lottery scam case going to trial
A Rhode Island woman accused of funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica through her airline job goes on trial in federal court in North Dakota this week. She is the last of 27 defendants in the case that began seven years ago this month. Here's a look at the case and the upcoming trial of Melinda Bulgin, which is expected to last up to 10 days.
Why is this case a big deal?
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that lottery scams could be a billion-dollar-a-year industry ...
Sep 10, 2018, 10:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin woman's lottery winnings withheld by state due to unpaid debts
A Wisconsin woman who won the lottery will not be receiving all her winnings due to thousands of dollars of outstanding debts.
Thursday it was announced that Valerie Diestelmeier won the first top prize of $100,000 playing the Incredible Crossword Scratch game.
Diestelmeier purchased her winning ticket at the Mega Holiday on Water Street in Eau Claire.
However, Patty Mayers with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue says she'll have to pay off thousands of dollars in unpaid fines before s ...
May 18, 2018, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
How a lottery jackpot winner became a bank robber
A man who once won millions of dollars in the California Lottery pleaded guilty Thursday in downtown Los Angeles to four counts of bank robbery.
On Thursday, James Allen Hayes, a security guard turned overnight millionaire, stood in a Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded guilty to committing a series of bank robberies. Hayes, 55, faces up to 80 years behind bars, with sentencing set for June 7 before U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin.
Hayes admitted to being the serial bank robber known ...
Mar 17, 2018, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum