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
Ohio Lottery opposes state audit
The Ohio Lottery Commission has formally rejected State Auditor Mary Taylor's decision to launch a performance audit of the $2.4 billion agency without its blessing.
Lottery Director Kathleen Burke said in a letter Saturday that the audit does not seem reasonable, necessary or a wise investment of public funds.
Taylor's office notified the commission last week that it was beginning a performance audit, citing the uncertain nature of gambling revenue from month to month and an environment ...
Nov 23, 2009, 8:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Five-time lottery winner accused of taking ticket from group
It will be up to the courts to decide if a Calgary-area man's amazing run of lotto luck will continue.
Seguro Ndabene of Airdrie, just north of Calgary, has already won the lottery four times in the past five years including two wins of $1 million, another of $100,000 and a fourth prize of $50,000.
But his biggest win of all $17 million in a Super 7 draw back in January is being disputed.
Ndabene's claim as sole winner is being questioned by a man who alleges the winning ticket was part ...
Oct 28, 2009, 9:52 am - Lottery News forum
$500K lottery prize divides two elderly sisters
A passion for gambling shared by two once-inseparable octogenarian sisters has ended up dividing them, with the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that one can sue the other for a share of a winning $500,000 lottery ticket.
The court said 83-year-old Theresa Sokaitis, of Middletown, can try to enforce a written contract she signed with her 87-year-old sister, Rose Bakaysa, of Plainville, agreeing to split any gambling winnings.
Sokaitis says she is due a share of a $500,000 Powerball jackpot ...
Aug 11, 2009, 9:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut man sues friend for share of lottery prize
A Connecticut man is suing a friend for a share of a $1 million lottery jackpot.
Armando Martins of Trumbull claims that he and Nuno Nascimento of Bridgeport had an agreement to buy lottery tickets every week and to share if they won.
Martins says he gave his friend $75 each week to buy tickets. On April 1, Martins said he only has $74 for his share.
The lawsuit says that evening one of the tickets that Nascimento bought at a local grocery store was a $1 million Powerball winne ...
May 15, 2009, 9:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman claims Publix cashier threw away winning lotto ticket
Annie Collier loves to play the lottery. She has a ritual of buying tickets each week and playing certain numbers.
Occasionally, she'll hit.
Last Thursday, Annie's lotto tickets were piled in her purse. She bought them earlier in the week and didn't even pay attention to what the numbers were.
Talk about lucky!
On Valentine's Day, Annie love for lotto paid off big. She won $800.
Annie's son called to share the good news. My son had called me and told me, 'Mom, you know that 3131 c ...
Feb 19, 2009, 12:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Couple at odds over Powerball lottery prize
The proceeds from a winning Powerball ticket have split a Sevierville, Tennessee, couple who have two children together and are expecting a third, according to documents filed in Sevier County Circuit Court.
Pamela Jo Newsome has filed a complaint seeking an injunction to keep Mark Saul from spending any of the $200,000 from a winning Powerball ticket purchased in Pigeon Forge.
According to her complaint, Newsome is carrying their third child together, although they have never married. New ...
Feb 3, 2009, 2:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas woman says friend stole winning lottery ticket
A Fort Worth woman says her gamble in letting a friend take her winning $20,000 lottery ticket to a store to verify whether it was a winner apparently didn't pay off.
Nancy Charlez, 34, filed a police report Tuesday, saying her friend returned empty-handed. Her friend said a man in a pickup took the unsigned Lucky Dice ticket from her and said it was no good, the report claims.
Police are investigating the alleged scratch-off rip-off.
Bobby Heith, a spokesman with the Texas Lottery Comm ...
Jan 21, 2009, 11:54 pm - Lottery News forum