Kentucky Lottery and legislature tussle over cash reserves
Straining to find hidden money within state government's bureaucracy to balance a tight state budget two years ago, the Kentucky Senate discovered about $16.9 million in unrestricted reserves held by the Kentucky Lottery Corp.
Senators concluded the lottery didn't need that much in reserve and put into the budget bill a directive that in addition to the normal flow of dividends the lottery sends to the state the lottery transfer $11 million to the general fund by June 30.
But, in a rare de ...
Sep 2, 2015, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
Florida man says lottery refuses to pay winning ticket
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A Brevard County, Florida, man said he had a winning lottery ticket only to have the state deny him his winnings.
Robert Klosterman said he is owed $1,000 for a scratch-off ticket he bought in June at a Shell gas station on Fay Boulevard in Cocoa.
Klosterman, 68, said he thought June 2 was a lucky day for him, but that it turned out otherwise.
I don't want to call them idiots, but they are. They are bureaucrats, Klosterman said.
Klosterman said when he tried ...
Aug 18, 2015, 9:58 am - Lottery News forum
NY man claims friend broke deal to split lottery prize, files lawsuit
A Queens, New York, man claims one of his best friends is bilking him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, after improbably striking the jackpot on a lottery ticket the two had agreed to split and refusing to share the million dollar bounty.
Terry Hollenquest, 52, a barber and business consultant, alleges that he and his neighbor and longtime buddy Leonard (John) Owens hatched the get-rich plan a year ago.
The two men would play the lotto every day, under the agreement that if either s ...
Aug 4, 2015, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Australian lottery winner accused of hiding win reaches deal with pool members
A group of people who sued a Melbourne, Australia, co-worker after he allegedly failed to distribute the winnings of a AU$16.6 million (US$12.3 million) lottery pool ticket have reportedly struck a deal with him.
However that deal may not include an agreement to share the jackpot with the members of his lotto pool.
The Geelong man is accused of keeping the big win to himself, cheating the other members of the pool out of their share of the $16.6 million group draw last October.
A Curren ...
Jul 13, 2015, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Supreme Court orders new trial in $1M lottery dispute
Howard Browning is a guy who does not give up.
In 2008, he sued his live-in sweetheart, a Seminole County schoolteacher, after she refused to give him half of the $1 million lottery jackpot she won.
They had a deal, he insisted, although it was unwritten: If he won the lottery, he'd give her half and if she won, she'd give him half.
A judge in Sanford threw out his case in 2012 after a jury had begun to hear evidence, and an appeals court later agreed. But on Thursday, the Florida Supre ...
May 29, 2015, 11:18 am - Lottery News forum
Austrailian lottery pool members believe co-worker kept $16.6m jackpot to himself
Members of a Victoria, Australia, lottery pool are taking Tattersalls Sweeps to court, alleging a former colleague kept a $16.6 million lottery win to himself.
The members want the Victorian Supreme Court to order Tatts to provide the name of the winner of Austrailian Powerball jackpot draw 961 in October last year, who they believe to be their colleague, and how the ticket was bought.
The syndicate, a group of 14 Geelong workers, believe the man was one of three winners of a $50 million d ...
May 26, 2015, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
Montana's $1M lottery raffle winner sued for half of prize
A regular at the Town Pump in East Helena, Montana, is suing 23-year-old Jeff Fallang, who recently hit a $1 million jackpot and has not given the plaintiff a cut.
Michael Hess said he went to the store to purchase Montana Millionaire tickets on Dec. 23, and told Fallang if he won, he'd split his winnings, according to documents filed in Helena district court Thursday. Fallang, who was on shift, asked Hess if he could buy a ticket from him.
I then told Jeff I would as long as if he was to ...
Jan 10, 2015, 1:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Jury rules that estranged brothers must split $1M lottery prize
Over a year of legal bickering ended Wednesday afternoon, but it appeared neither brother feuding over a jackpot lottery ticket was ready to move on and sing Kumbaya together.
After a two-day trial in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, court, a jury decided two Mechanicsburg-area brothers, Charles Thomas Meehan and Ira Sharp, would split a $1 million lottery ticket straight down the middle.
Sharp sued Meehan, his half-brother, for half of the prize he said they won together at Johnny Joe's b ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Half brothers fight over million dollar lottery ticket
Two estranged half brothers faced off on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania court in a fight over a winning million-dollar lottery ticket.
Ira Sharp claims he gave his half brother Charles Meehan $20 to buy a Hot Million instant ticket in Johnny Joe's sports bar and they agreed to split any winnings, Sharp's attorney R. Mark Thomas said in the Cumberland County Court of Pleas.
The ticket was a winner, but Meehan tried to hide it and keep all of the money, the attorney said.
The two men, who both ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge rules boss must give waiter half of $1.7M lottery jackpot for predicting win
A restaurant boss in England was ordered yesterday to split a disputed 1 million (US$1.7 million) lottery payout with one of his waiters who claimed he dreamed they would win a fortune together.
Judge Mark Gosnell told Hayati Kucukkoylu he must hand 500,000 of the EuroMillions prize to Fatih Ozcan.
The High Court heard Ozcan was so convinced they would win he pestered Kucukkoylu into buying tickets with him, sharing the stake and jointly choosing the lottery numbers.
But when the waiter ...
Jul 15, 2014, 9:29 pm - Lottery News forum