Court: elderly sisters' gambling pact forces lottery jackpot split
The Connecticut Appeals Court has ruled a 1995 pact struck by two widowed sisters to split each other's future gambling winnings is still binding despite the fact they no longer speak to one another.
The decision paves the way for a public family feud pitting Theresa Sokaitis, 81, against Rose Bakaysa, 85, over a $500,000 Powerball jackpot Bakaysa hit on June 18, 2005, but doesn't want to share with her estranged sibling.
Sokaitis is suing Bakaysa for breach of contract. Bakaysa's attorney ...
Feb 5, 2008, 12:36 am - Lottery News forum
Ex-friends square off in trial over $1M lottery ticket
A western Maryland man testified Monday that he gave his neighbor $20 to buy them a state lottery ticket that ended up a $1 million winner.
But the neighbor claims his former hunting buddy is a desperate, dishonest barfly who concocted the story after learning of his friend's good fortune.
A judge has frozen $500,000 of the winnings until a Washington County Circuit Court jury decides this week whether Brian S. Kendle, a 38-year-old Roto-Rooter operator, bought the Countdown to Millions ...
Feb 4, 2008, 11:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Elks Club members in fight over $21M lottery win
It may have once seemed like a dream come true, but a winning lottery ticket has turned into a nightmare for 21 people in Okotoks, Alberta.
On Nov. 23 last year, the 21, all patrons or employees at the local Elks Club, chipped in $5 each to buy tickets for that night's Super 7 draw, one of which proved to be worth $20 million.
The members of the group should each have received more than $900,000 by now, but a dispute has arisen over who is entitled to a share.
While they attempt to sort ...
Jan 16, 2008, 10:05 am - Lottery News forum
Wife sues husband for share of secret lottery winnings
A former beauty queen whose husband has kept about $600,000 in lottery winnings from her says she has a number for him: half. And Donna Campbell is suing her husband in her attempt to get it.
But American Airlines mechanic Arnim Ramdass disappeared after his wife confronted him about the secret, so process servers haven't been able to hand him the lawsuit papers yet, Campbell's attorney said.
Here's a guy who for years has spent marital money on the lottery and at casinos, and he's always ...
Nov 20, 2007, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Fight over lottery ticket heads to court
In a Bartow, Florida, courtroom, two men are dreaming of being a millionaire, but only one will.
Michael Ford and Abraham Shakespeare were once good friends and partners at work. Now they are battling over a winning $30 million lottery ticket.
Ford is suing Shakespeare because he says Shakespeare stole the lucky ticket from him.
Ford is being represented by long-time Tampa attorney Arnold Levine.
During opening statements, Levine told jurors they should question Shakespeare's truthfu ...
Oct 16, 2007, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Lawsuit challenges N.C. Lottery
Plaintiffs say the lottery is a tax because of the education allocation and was passed unconstitutionally
An esoteric argument under way in the courts over the North Carolina lottery Is a part of each ticket a tax or is the state just making a profit? could have an effect that's easy to understand: No more lottery. The N.C. Court of Appeals will hear arguments in three weeks.
The case is pushed by a nonprofit legal group that sees the lottery as a tax that didn't go through the req ...
Apr 29, 2007, 5:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Vancouver lottery winner loses in divorce case
A $10 million lottery windfall brought an estranged Vancouver couple back together.
But eight years later, the marriage wound up in divorce court with a sticky issue to be resolved: What should be done with $2.2 million in an account the husband claimed was for his personal use?
In granting their divorce last week, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes ruled the $2.2 million must be split between Minh Kien Le, 58, and his ex-wife, Mai Huong Cao, 55.
The couple escaped with their two ...
Apr 17, 2007, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery Corp. ignored claims of corruption
Scandal runs deep and wide; shoddy paperwork and turning a blind eye helped permeate corruption
Ontario retail store owners and their families claimed about $100 million in lottery wins between 1999 and 2006, including tens of millions of fraudulent claims ignored by the public lottery corporation, the provincial ombudsman said yesterday.
In a scathing report, Andre Marin said the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is more fixated on profits than the integrity of its lottery games and ...
Mar 27, 2007, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. woman sued by former friend over lottery win
Cathy Young said was stunned Tuesday to learn that a former friend claims that she refused to split a $100,000 Pennsylvania lottery jackpot with him.
She said she was helping William A. Lucas Jr. get back on his feet after serving a prison sentence and he's already depleted his share for new tow trucks for his brother's business.
All I did was feel sorry for him, said Young, who lives in North Union Township.
Lucas, 36, also of North Union, sued Young in Fayette County yesterday, c ...
Mar 22, 2007, 4:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Four contenders will vie for winning lottery ticket in court
And the winner is ...
Confusion over who purchased what ticket and when has three people maybe four and one corporation claiming ownership of Saturday's $1 million winning lottery ticket.
With the winner still in question, The Idaho State Lottery announced Thursday, it has turned the case over to the courts to determine who gets the dough.
Right now, the four main contenders for what would be $672,000 after taxes are: Michelle McCollough of Boise, a clerk at the Mav ...
Mar 17, 2007, 12:51 am - Lottery News forum