Sharon Sharp, 1939-2009: Former lottery director of Illinois, California
She was the GOP candidate for Illinois secretary of state in 1978
Sharon Sharp, whose accidental entry into politics started with a $10 loan from Donald Rumsfeld, ran for Illinois secretary of state in the late 1970s and was the state's lottery director under Gov. Jim Thompson.
Mrs. Sharp, 69, died of lung cancer Sunday, July 5, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said her son, Christopher Kip Sharp. She lived on the city's Gold Coast.
Mrs. Sharp had held posts in the Elk Grove Township ...
Jul 7, 2009, 1:44 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball winner's daughter found dead in home
The 42-year-old daughter of Powerball winner Jack Whittaker has been found dead in her Raleigh County, West Virginia, home.
Raleigh County Sheriff's Deputy D.E. Stafford says the body of Ginger Whittaker Bragg was found Sunday afternoon in Daniels.
Stafford said in a statement Monday that no foul play is suspected. He says the body has been sent to the state Medical Examiner's office.
Jack Whittaker became an instant celebrity on Christmas Day 2002 when he won a nearly $315 million Powe ...
Jul 7, 2009, 12:41 am - Lottery News forum
D.C. lottery ticket wins $144M Powerball jackpot
One lottery ticket sold in Washington, D.C. matched all 6 numbers in the Wednesday evening Powerball drawing, and is now worth $144 million to the lucky ticket-holder.
The holder of the winning ticket will now have to decide whether to take the 29-year, 30-installment annuity, or the one time cash lump sum amount of $79,681,116.
There were a total of 903,448 additional winning tickets in America's Game Wednesday evening. Those tickets won prizes totaling $8,450,412.
The numbers drawn We ...
Apr 9, 2009, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Conn. man's last lotto ticket wins $10M for widow
On the day that Donald Peters died, he unknowingly provided financial security for his wife of 59 years and their family.
Peters bought two Connecticut Lottery tickets at a local 7-Eleven store on Nov. 1 as part of a 20-year tradition he shared with his wife Charlotte. Later that day, the 79-year-old retired hat factory worker suffered a fatal heart attack while working in his yard in Danbury.
On Friday, his widow cashed in one of the tickets: a $10 million winner which, in her grief over ...
Jan 4, 2009, 10:17 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner dealt mix of grief and joy
It was an emotional roller-coaster yesterday for British Columbia's newest lottery millionaire.
52-year-old bus driver Glen Bell was in Richmond to pick up a check for more than $4.3 million after winning the Lotto 6/49 draw on Saturday.
But as Bell and his family were on their way to the B.C. Lottery Corporation offices they found out about the death of his father-in-law.
Bell says while the family went from jumping with joy to being in tears, they take solace in the fact the money wil ...
Sep 19, 2008, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum
4 charged in killing of $250,000 lottery winner in Ohio
Burglars returned again and again to the home of a $250,000 Ohio Lottery winner who had two Jaguars, a Rolex watch and lots of cash. The final intrusion, apparently by different criminals, left the 78-year-old retired stockbroker dead of a gunshot wound.
Police aren't saying if Lee Kost's death last Thursday was related to the Mega Millions prize that he won on Sept. 28. But it was clear burglars focused on his home, hitting the house sometime early in the year, again about March 11 and on Ap ...
May 20, 2008, 11:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Man killed by train while looking at lottery ticket
A man is dead after being struck and killed by a train near Buffalo, New York, while examining a scratch-off lottery ticket.
Police say 48-year-old Ronald Wittenberg of Lackawanna did not respond to the train's blaring horn as it approached him from behind as he walked between the rails.
Wittenberg was returning from fishing with a friend shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. Police were told he had his head down and was examining the lottery ticket.
Wittenberg died from massive head and inter ...
May 18, 2008, 9:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Ex-boyfriend charged with killing $5M lottery winner
The world, or at least a small corner of it, was hers a year ago. Doris Murray, mother of four, had won $5 million in the Georgia Lottery on her 41st birthday. She posed for a photograph with big ceremonial check at the Amba Food Store in East Dublin, where she had bought her winning lottery ticket. And, according to a press release from the Georgia Lottery Corp., she declared This is the best birthday ever.
On Monday, Murray was found dead in the same modest block home she had lived in on ...
May 9, 2008, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner facing tax fraud trial dies
Editor's Note: A less in-depth news story about this lottery winner was posted earlier today: $13 million Florida Lotto winner dies a pauper
Former lottery multi-millionaire Alex Toth, who was broke and facing tax fraud charges, has died at the age of 60.
Toth was scheduled to go on trial in June, accused of filing fake tax returns with his wife, Rhoda, who has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
By the time the couple were charged in 2006, authorities said they appeared to have ...
Apr 25, 2008, 7:12 pm - Lottery News forum
$13 million Florida Lotto winner dies a pauper
A former Florida Lotto multi-millionaire has died nearly broke.
Alex Toth's attorney says he was ill and still facing federal tax fraud charges when he died at age 60. The county health department says he died April 5 but a cause was not listed.
Alex and Rhoda Toth won a $13 million jackpot in 1990. But the Pasco County couple say most of the money ran out years ago, spent on gambling, gifts and luxuries.
They were charged in 2006 with filing false tax returns. Alex Toth was scheduled t ...
Apr 25, 2008, 2:37 pm - Lottery News forum