Legal fight over $33M lottery ticket could end next week
A $33 million lottery jackpot is in dispute, with two men from Edmonton, in Alberta, Canada, laying claim to the hefty prize.
The Western Canada Lottery Corporation believes Matthew Hayduk is the legitimate winner of the April 22 Lotto Max draw, but six others suggested they might have bought the winning ticket.
After court proceedings this week, all but two of the would-be winners have relinquished claims to the prize Hayduk and Ted Baltoussen. Some of those involved had accused friends o ...
Jun 18, 2011, 6:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Sibling battle over $32M lottery win lands in court
Take a barber, a handyman and the handyman's sister, add one lottery ticket and $32 million, and what do you have? A lawsuit and siblings no longer speaking to each other.
Sam Haddad and his longtime friend and barber Mike Dettorre won $32 million with a Lotto 6/49 ticket in June 2008. It made for a great story: Dettorre had been cutting Haddad's hair for more than 30 years and the men often bought tickets together, sticking them on the mirror in Dettorre's Old Ottawa South barber shop until ...
May 3, 2011, 1:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Siblings fight over lottery jackpot
Father died day after winning
The family of an Australian man who won almost $2 million in a lottery and died the next day has been fighting over who is entitled to the money.
Townsville Supreme Court has heard the fighting between Lajos Szanto's four children occurred over the wording of their father's will and whether or not he had bought the ticket for himself.
Lajos Szanto won $1,818,181.82 on February 13 last year, but was not able to enjoy his winnings after he died a day later, h ...
Apr 19, 2011, 6:30 am - Lottery News forum
Estranged husband of N.Y. Lottery winner to sue for his share
The estranged husband of the Irishwoman who won a $21.5 million New York Lottery jackpot is set to sue her for his share of the winnings.
Patricia Daley Eisel's divorce from her husband, Jamie Eisel, was not yet finalised at the time of her win which worked out to $8 million after taxes in January. (See Long Island waitress wins $21.5M Lotto jackpot, Lottery Post, Jan. 28, 2011.)
They separated a year ago, after 13 years of marriage, and he is now living with a new partner. Patricia and Ja ...
Feb 21, 2011, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Disputed $50M lottery jackpot partially paid out
Includes video report
A disputed $50 million lottery win is set to enter civil court as the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation pays out about $31 million of the prize to its 19 original claimants, leaving the remainder to be fought over in court.
Nineteen employees of a Toronto-area Bell call centre originally claimed the $50 million Lotto Max prize from Dec. 31, only to have their claim disputed by several other people who said they should have been on the list, as well.
For the pa ...
Feb 15, 2011, 2:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Christmastime battle over lottery jackpot
A lottery lawsuit is all the talk in The Villages. A group of friends hit the Florida Lotto jackpot, but one single dollar has led to a fight over $16 million.
It's known as Florida's friendliest neighborhood, but there's scandal at the Hacienda Hills Country Club.
Yeah, yeah. Everybody knows, golfer Otto Strunck told local media.
Eight employees and players are in a tug of war. The controversy is over a Florida lotto ticket, a winning ticket worth $16 million.
It'd be an awful sha ...
Dec 24, 2010, 9:04 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana man says store cost him $11.5M lottery jackpot
A 70-year-old retired chemist is suing a convenience store chain for more than $11.5 million, claiming its employees cheated him out of a large jackpot by refusing to sell him a lottery ticket.
Charles Andrews says in his lawsuit that he picked the winning numbers for the February 2008 Hoosier Lotto drawing, but that a clerk at a Speedway store in Indianapolis refused to sell him a ticket with a few minutes left before the 10:40 p.m. official sales cutoff.
Andrews, of Indianapolis, says th ...
Apr 27, 2010, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
Sisters' lottery jackpot trial begins today
The lottery numbers that sisters Theresa Sokaitis and Rose Bakaysa had played together for years finally paid off in 2005, yielding a $500,000 Powerball jackpot.
But for whom?
Sokaitis, 84, of Middletown, Connecticut, claims she never saw a dime of that money and sued her older sister. This morning, their dispute over the jackpot will go to trial before a judge at Superior Court in New Britain.
I love my sister and I feel bad this is all getting dragged into court, but I have children ...
Mar 23, 2010, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
CT Gov. faces challenges bringing Keno to state
Faced with strong skepticism from the Democrat-controlled legislature, the Rell administration started talks last week with Connecticut's two Indian tribes so that the state can legalize keno a gambling game that is currently offered in the casinos.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell believes that keno is a lottery-style game and that the state's quasi-public lottery corporation can begin the game without approval by the legislature in the same way that it can start other lottery games. Officials said keno is ...
Mar 3, 2010, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Lawmakers to mediate spat over Iowa Lottery security
Relations have become so strained between feuding directors of two state agencies that a couple of Iowa lawmakers have agreed to step in as mediators.
The standoff pits state ombudsman William Angrick against Iowa Lottery chief executive Terry Rich.
Angrick's staff, which investigates citizen complaints, has spent more than two years investigating the Iowa Lottery and has concluded that lottery players could be at risk of being cheated.
Rich says he has responded fully to each of the om ...
Dec 14, 2009, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum