Fla. Powerball winner claims $73.8M lottery jackpot
Hollywood woman, 35, claims prize from July 10 drawing
The Florida Lottery announced on Friday that the $73.8 million jackpot from the July 10 Powerball drawing has been claimed.
Elizabeth Choras-Hanna, 35, of Hollywood, was the lucky winner.
Lottery officials said she will receive a one-time, lump-sum payment for the winnings in the amount of $38,929,055.11.
Choras-Hanna is an out-of-work medical assistant. Lottery officials said her twin sister Alexandra, a firefighter and paramedi ...
Aug 3, 2010, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery winner is all business
Owns auto battery shops, plus Daniels driving range
Florida Lottery winner Jason Fry gets a charge out of business ownership.
Three years after collecting a $13.6 million, lump-sum jackpot payout, Fry has opened his second Batteries Plus franchise store in Naples and in September will debut a third in Bonita Springs.
He has also diversified, buying Golf World II in south Fort Myers. The renamed Daniels Driving Range Teaching Center is open for business, and getting a slew of upgrades.
Aug 1, 2010, 3:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery Raffle drawing crowns 5 new millionaires
556,804 Florida Lottery Firecracker Millionaire Raffle tickets had a shot at winning $1 million, and five of those are officially chosen as the big winners.
Lottery players anxiously waiting to see if they are now among the wealthy can check their tickets at Lottery Post's Florida Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/fl).
With only 750,000 tickets available for the Firecracker Millionaire Raffle, Florida lottery ticket buyers had a better chance of winning a million dollars th ...
Jul 7, 2010, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Police reveal financial picture of slain lottery winner
A leather folder may hold the key to the cash and assets taken from slain Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare and what may be owed to his estate.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Detective Preston Hollis got the folder Jan. 31 from Linda Donegan of Plant City, the mother of Dorice DeeDee Moore. Moore was arrested Feb. 2 and charged by HCSO with Shakespeare's murder.
In response to a search warrant, Donegan handed Hollis currency, jewelry and the leather folder holding financial documents, acco ...
Jun 18, 2010, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Woman takes Fla. Lottery to court for ticket misprint
Ann Marie Curcio says her fight with Florida's Department of the Lottery is about more than money. The 58-year-old woman says it's about what is right and what is wrong.
But this week, it also became about a $500,000 lawsuit in which she is claiming Florida's lottery officials are refusing to honor a scratch-off ticket because of a printing error.
We got wronged. I'm very sad about that, she said from her Ocala home during a telephone interview. (But) I'm not going to give up.
The sto ...
May 21, 2010, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Accused lottery killer expected to make plea in court
A woman accused of killing a Lakeland, Florida, lottery winner is expected to make a plea in court Monday morning.
DeeDee Moore will appear before a judge in downtown Tampa with new representation, as her previous lawyer was removed from the case due to a conflict of interest. In March, Moore was given a new attorney from the Public Defender's office.
All along, Moore has claimed innocence in the murder of Abraham Shakespeare. She said she befriended Shakespeare after he won the lottery in ...
May 10, 2010, 7:49 am - Lottery News forum
Florida poised to become Vegas of Southeast
Gov. Charlie Crist, the Seminole tribe of Florida and once-reluctant lawmakers have signed off on a gambling deal guaranteed to bring at least $1 billion to the state over the next five years.
And after that, Florida would be poised to become the Las Vegas of the Southeastern United States, according to the House's chief gambling negotiator Bill Galvano.
That's a very real probability. Yes, Galvano, R-Bradenton said. Galvano, Sen. Dennis Jones and representatives of the governor's office ...
Apr 7, 2010, 11:59 am - Lottery News forum
Other people involved in lottery winner's slaying, attorney says
Though Dorice Donegan Dee Dee Moore is the only person accused in the slaying of Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, there were other people involved, according to her lawyer.
From my review of the probable cause affidavit and my investigator's review, I see plenty of room for further investigation to develop evidence that Mrs. Moore was not involved in the murder or not the primary person involved in the murder, said attorney Stephen B. Fisher. He was appointed to represent Moore af ...
Apr 6, 2010, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victim, 78, becomes scammer, swindles friends
Duped friends, neighbors, pastor out of more than $1 million
This was the trip that would bring them the jackpot.
Doris Siegel and a friend boarded a plane to Amsterdam in August 2008 for a $1 million payout, money that would finally prove that the Nigerian lottery she'd told friends and neighbors about was no scam.
Siegel and her friend met with five men who called themselves Nigerian businessmen, authorities said. They were taken to the basement of a building and told they would need ...
Mar 30, 2010, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum
States go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget
Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options anything to keep their cut of the profits rolling in.
States are adamant that they don't want to take advantage of anyone, but with budgets in free-fall and tax increases a losing hand politically, lawmakers acknowledge they are dependent on gambling dollars.
At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games of chance because of a drop-off of anywhere from 5 to 14 p ...
Mar 15, 2010, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum