Florida CPA revealed as winner of $396.9 million Powerball drawing
A partner in an Ocala, Florida, CPA firm will need all her wealth management resources after winning a nearly $400 million Powerball jackpot recently.
Sheryll Goedert, of Collier, Jernigan Goedert. P.A. claimed the Jan. 29 Powerball drawing worth $396.9 million. Goedert, who claimed the prize as the managing member of Vacation Life LLC, chose to take the lump sum amount of more than $276.5 million, according to a Florida Lottery press release.
The cash value the she claimed was the 20th-la ...
Mar 11, 2020, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Dad and his daughter got millions from IRS after claiming to win lottery, authorities say
A Florida father and daughter claimed the government owed them $175 million in tax refunds on their lottery winnings. The IRS paid them $3.4 million before the agency realized the pair had never purchased a winning ticket, prosecutors say.
Now, the Broward County pair, who say they're aboriginal indigenous Moorish Americans immune to government authority, are on trial in a Palm Beach federal courtroom accused of tax fraud.
Court documents allege that Danielle Takeila Edmonson, 35, of Boynt ...
Dec 17, 2019, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner plans to breathe new life into historic neighborhood that time forgot
Fort Lauderdale is a long way from Memphis.
But lottery winner-turned-developer Miguel Pilgram, 50, wants to bring a little Memphis Blues to Fort Lauderdale's historic Sistrunk Boulevard.
And that's not all.
His three-phase plan representing a total investment of $19 million would transform the area like never before, establishing a performing-arts hub meant to revitalize a neighborhood that time forgot.
Pilgram, a dynamic entrepreneur who spent his childhood in Memphis, has already ...
Sep 15, 2019, 10:25 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery admits error, winner collects two years later
Includes video report
A Florida man finally has his lottery prize after a local media investigation exposed a state error.
I can't believe I have the money, Joel Strickland of Winter Haven said.
When Strickland won $1,000 in the lottery in 2017, state officials seized the money, saying he owed the state $5,300 to settle an old unemployment fraud claim.
Strickland insisted there was an error and that he didn't owe anything, but the state's case was closed. Officials not only took his ...
Aug 26, 2019, 9:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida mom, son arrested hours after claiming $20K lottery prize
A woman was overjoyed after winning a $20,000 lottery prize Tuesday afternoon, but her celebratory mood soured a couple hours later after she and her son were arrested on drug charges, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
Migdalia Cruz, 59, and Luis Correa, 39, were arrested on heroin-related charges while Correa's girlfriend, Dana LaFlamme, 34, was arrested on a probation violation.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office showed up at Cruz's home on Howland Boulevard in Deltona w ...
Jul 25, 2019, 7:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida grandmother says state agency's mistake cost her lottery winnings
Includes video report
Bobbi Segel said she can still remember the feeling she had scratching off the winning lottery ticket.
According to my children, I sounded like a teenager in high school squealing at her prom date, Segel said.
Segel said she was hoping to use $1,000 she won on an upcoming family trip she had already planned.
I thought, 'Woo hoo! Vacation! Party! Key West, Segel said. That was all that was going through my mind at the time of winning that lottery.
She also ...
Jul 9, 2019, 11:49 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Gov. vetoes bill to require warnings on lottery tickets
A bill that would have required warnings on all Florida Lottery tickets will not become a law.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed the bill Friday.
(See Florida lawmakers want to slap addiction warning notices on every lottery ticket, Lottery Post, May 2, 2019.)
In a memo that accompanied the veto, DeSantis explained that Florida Lottery revenue goes to public education and that an agency analysis showed the bill could lead to a minimum $79.4 million reduction in education funding.
Jun 28, 2019, 10:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery issues last-minute challenge to 'addictive' warning labels on tickets
The Florida Lottery wants another look at the potential impact on education funding from legislation that would require slapping gambling-addiction warning labels on the front of tickets and ads.
Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting closer to deciding whether to approve the bill (HB 629), which passed the House and Senate in early May.
An initial projection about the bill's impact on education funding was made in March. But, appearing this week before state economists, Florida Lottery Director of ...
Jun 13, 2019, 9:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery winner of $1M among suspects rounded up in major drug bust
Just days before Mother's Day in 2018, a pregnant woman in Volusia County went to Tallahassee to smile for the Florida Lottery cameras.
That woman, Karlee Harbst, had won $1 million in the $5,000,000 Gold Rush Doubler game.
She was on what gamblers call a roll she had won $100 in the same scratch-off game just a week before.
The wins capped a troubled past for the Florida woman who had already racked up a number of drug possession arrests, petit theft, contempt of court and driving with ...
May 20, 2019, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
World Lottery Association president urges veto of warning labels
Florida's first lottery secretary called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto legislation placing warning labels on tickets.
Rebecca Paul Hargrove, now president of the World Lottery Association, said Florida could set an unfortunate precedent. Should the bill (HB 629) become law, it could hurt lottery-funded programs nationwide.
The instant scratch-off games have been around for over 45 years, and sales of these games continue to grow every year, Hargrove wrote in a letter to DeSantis, but more ...
May 20, 2019, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum