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
Philadelphia woman facing 53 charges for threatening PA Lottery
A woman who repeatedly aired her frustration at failing to win a jackpot by making obscene and violent threats against Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters faces 53 charges, police said Wednesday.
Towanda Shields, 47, made dozens of calls over the past eight months to the agency's offices outside Harrisburg, police in Lower Swatara Township said.
From the calls and stuff I've listened to, she's basically completely obsessed with the lottery and the fact that she doesn't win upsets her very m ...
Jan 4, 2017, 8:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Man arrested in lottery winner kidnapping
A Peoria man accused of kidnapping two men from Normal, Illinois, including one who died of a head injury suffered during the incident, demanded the victim's family pay a ransom from lottery winnings, Normal police said Friday.
Danny Smith Jr. 28, is charged with kidnapping Maunds Bryant, 41, and his stepfather from their home in the 100 block of West Raab Road on Dec. 22.
Smith remains in the Peoria County jail in lieu of $300,000 bond. Additional charges are under review by both Peoria a ...
Dec 30, 2016, 6:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Accused lottery rigger Eddie Tipton facing new Wisconsin charges
A former Iowa lottery security official accused of rigging drawings to win prize money in several states is facing new felony charges in Wisconsin.
A prosecutor in the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a total of six charges against Eddie Tipton on Thursday, including one count of racketeering, a theft by fraud charge and four computers crimes charges. The charges stem from a suspect December 2007 Megabucks drawing in Wisconsin that allegedly won Tipton and a business associate a prize wo ...
Dec 22, 2016, 9:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Alleged lottery scandal conspirator to enter new plea
A Texas businessman charged in Iowa's lottery rigging investigation is scheduled to enter a new plea often a signal that a plea agreement has been reached with prosecutors.
Robert Clark Rhodes pleaded not guilty in May to a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct stemming from his alleged participation in a 2011 scheme to cash in on a Hot Lotto ticket worth more than $14 million. Rhodes, 48, reportedly is a close friend to Eddie Tipton, a former security official at the Urbandale-based Mult ...
Nov 14, 2016, 8:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Alleged Jamaican lottery scam kingpin arrested in Kingston
A man accused of spearheading a lottery scam that bilked at least 70 mostly elderly U.S. residents out of millions of dollars has been arrested in Jamaica, authorities said Monday.
Lavrick Willocks, 27, was taken into custody Saturday after he was found hiding in a garden at a Kingston hotel, according to a news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and a woman who tried to help him escape also was arrested.
Willocks faces numerous charges in U.S. federal court, including conspiracy ...
Nov 8, 2016, 8:11 am - 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
Lottery supplier defends role in CT Lottery scandal
Scientific Games, the international gambling-games giant, is defending what appears to be a year-long cascade of glitches and failed oversight that led to an insider hacking scandal and the shutdown of the Connecticut Lottery's popular 5 Card Cash game.
Mollie Cole, director of communications for the Las Vegas-based Scientific Games, says that equipment for the game performed to the Connecticut Lottery Corporation's (CLC) standards.
The hardware and software provided to CLC for the 5 Card ...
Nov 1, 2016, 12:32 pm - Lottery News forum
UPS worker busts up lottery scam
An alert New York UPS employee is credited with saving an elderly Iowa woman from losing thousands of dollars in cash.
The worker called police on Tuesday when he felt something wasn't right about a package that had been delivered to the Union Road store. An investigation showed the box contained $8,300 and was sent from an 81-year-old Iowa woman. The woman got a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and was told she needed to send the money to process a cash prize she had won i ...
Oct 27, 2016, 8:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman receives realistic lottery scam letter, check
Includes video report
Something that many people would want to hear is, You've won the lottery! When the information comes from a scammer trying to steal your money, beware. It's no game.
With two months left before Christmas, thousands of these letters will likely be mailed. The Federal Trade Commission is warning people to watch out for fake lottery scams involving the fraudulent use of the Mega Millions name or logo. Some of the phony names being used include Mega Millions Mobile Lotter ...
Oct 27, 2016, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum