First lawsuit in state lottery-fixing scandal seeks millions
It was one of those feel-good moments that lotteries love to promote when Lucky Larry Dawson smiled as he claimed a $9 million jackpot, surrounded by kids and grandkids. But five years later, the Iowa man could become a key player in a barrage of litigation that threatens to cost state lotteries tens of millions of dollars in damages in an insider jackpot-rigging scandal.
A Des Moines law firm filed a lawsuit Wednesday on Dawson's behalf seeking to declare that his Hot Lotto jackpot in May 20 ...
Feb 4, 2016, 9:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Cab driver's friend steals his $50,000 winning Powerball ticket
A Bronx, New York, cab driver with big money woes swiped his buddy's winning $50,000 Powerball ticket then tried to pass it off as his own, authorities said Tuesday.
Segura Rubelin's pal Victor Castillo didn't win the $1.5 billion jackpot that sent the nation into a fever pitch two weeks ago.
But the fortunate friend knew he had won enough money to tide him over for a while until he said the man who was like a brother to him snatched the ticket out of his hand.
And if that wasn't enough ...
Jan 27, 2016, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Bad dad accused of stealing lottery tickets with son
A Port Orange, Florida, father and son accused of stealing $300 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets from a convenience store didn't have much luck, Volusia sheriff's investigators said.
Robert Carbonell, 54, and his son, Robert Carbonell Jr., 28, were caught on Saturday after video surveillance at the store showed the older Carbonell coming back to the store to cash in a $90-winning ticket, arrest reports state.
The father was being held Monday on $19,000 bail and the was locked up withou ...
Jan 26, 2016, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery winner killed during home invasion
Don't do it in front of my kids
A Fitzgerald, Georgia, man who recently won a nearly half-million dollar Georgia lottery jackpot was murdered overnight Thursday during a home invasion robbery.
20-year-old Craigory Burch, Jr died from gunshot wounds at a home on Stubbs Avenue.
Burch won a $434,272 Fantasy 5 jackpot in November 2015.
GBI agents spent the overnight hours collecting evidence from the home.
Officials say Jasmine Hendricks, Burch's girlfriend, was in the home at the ...
Jan 21, 2016, 1:49 pm - Lottery News forum
NC Powerball winner in trouble again
This time she is served criminal summons for threats and harassment
Includes video report
The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has served a misdemeanor criminal summons to North Carolina's $188 million Powerball winner, Marie Holmes.
According to court documents, Lorna Marlowe has accused Holmes of making threatening and harassing phone calls on Jan. 10. Marlowe filed the complaint that same day.
The criminal summons alleges Holmes threatened to inflict bodily harm on Marlowe. It al ...
Jan 15, 2016, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
WATCH: Buddhist monk fights back after getting robbed buying lottery tickets
Includes video report
Police are searching for a man who was caught on video robbing a Buddhist monk as he bought lottery tickets in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, convenience store.
Police said the 61-year-old monk was at a Sunoco gas station store on South Broad Street buying lottery tickets from a machine on Jan. 3 when an unidentified black male snatched $350 in cash from the monk's hands and ran out of the door.
The monk is then seen on video chasing the man into the gas station pa ...
Jan 12, 2016, 11:05 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich to answer lottery player questions live Monday evening
Lottery Post will host event at 8pm EST
By Todd Northrop
Lottery players from across the United States and around the world will have the chance Monday evening to ask questions about the Eddie Tipton computerized drawing rigging scandal to Terry Rich, Iowa Lottery CEO, who was instrumental in discovering the crime.
In December 2010 a Hot Lotto jackpot worth $16 million was won on a ticket purchased in Iowa. One year later, with just two hours to spare before the ticket was to expire, a ...
Jan 11, 2016, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery winner bails out convict fiancé fourth time
This time she posts $12 million bond for 'Hot Sauce'
He might win a prize of his own for being the worst fianc ever. Or maybe she'll win a prize for being most gullible.
In what almost seems like clockwork, $188 million Powerball winner Marie Holmes has bailed out her fianc from jail for a fourth time in less than a year, this time posting a $12 million bond for his release.
Holmes made national headlines last February when she was one of three winners who split a $564 million Powerball ...
Jan 4, 2016, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
Tipton granted delay in next trial until July
A judge has delayed the trial for a former lottery official accused of fixing jackpots in several states.
Former Multi-State Lottery Association security director Eddie Tipton had been scheduled to stand trial Jan. 6 in Des Moines, Iowa.
But Tipton waived his right to a speedy trial last week, and his attorney asked for a delay. Judge Jeffrey Farrell last week reset the trial for July 18.
Tipton has pleaded not guilty to charges of ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering.
Dec 29, 2015, 6:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery scandal unlikely to affect New Mexico, official says
The expanding investigation of a former security chief for the national association that operates Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and other lotteries is unlikely to affect New Mexico at this point, state lottery CEO David Barden said this week.
State officials, however, have been in touch with Iowa investigators, cooperating with them and providing requested data on some local jackpot winners.
Eddie Tipton, who worked for the Des Moines-based Multi-State Lottery Association since 2003 ...
Dec 26, 2015, 1:35 pm - Lottery News forum