Panama woman wins $30 million Florida Lotto jackpot with online purchase
Second huge USA jackpot win through online service
By Todd Northrop
Lightning has struck twice for online lottery ticket service theLotter, which had its second United States lottery jackpot winner when a Panamanian player claimed a $30 million Florida Lotto jackpot this month.
Inspired by an article about a Scottish lottery winner, Aura Dominguez Canto, 60, of Panama City, Panama, started playing USA lotteries using the online service in June.
After signing up with the website, Aura ...
Aug 29, 2017, 8:14 pm - Lottery News forum
18-year-old wins $26,000 a year for life in Florida lottery
One lucky Florida teen will receive $26,000 year after winning the top prize in the state's latest $500 a Week for Life scratch-off lottery.
Daniela Leon Ruz, 18, will receive the money in annual payments of $26,000 after choosing not to collect a lump sum of $410,000, according to a press release by the Florida Lottery.
The teen or her estate if something were to happen to her will collect the money for a minimum of 20 years, or for the duration of her life if it's longer than that.
Jul 26, 2017, 7:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida man sues friend in dispute over $1M lottery ticket
A Lakeland, Florida, man is suing a friend who he says cheated him out of money from a $1 million lottery ticket.
Court records show John Rhoades filed a lawsuit against Tyler Scott, and Scott's girlfriend Brittany Causey. Wells Fargo Bank is also listed as a defendant.
Rhoades said he used his own money to purchase a winning Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket from a Wawa gas station located on Highway 98 in Lakeland.
He says he showed Scott the winning ticket, and his friend told him i ...
Jun 15, 2017, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Ex-girlfriend of slain lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare wins $1 million jackpot
Call it the sequel of Abraham Shakespeare.
On Thursday, Antionette Andrews, the former girlfriend of slain lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, won $1 million on a $20 scratch-off $5 million Monopoly game from a Florida Lottery ticket she bought at a Circle K at 7250 U.S. 98 N in Lakeland.
I am a little scared, Andrews, 42, said Monday. It still doesn't seem real.
She's scared about a lot of publicity and because of what happened after Shakespeare won a $17 million lump-sum payment fro ...
Jun 14, 2017, 12:17 pm - Lottery News forum
4th clerk arrested in Florida Lottery sting
Florida officials have arrested a fourth person locally in its ongoing crackdown on store owners and employees who cheat customers out of lottery winnings.
Kamlawatie Persaud, 60, a clerk at Dave's Mini Mart at 10859 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala, was arrested Wednesday.
According to an investigator at the Florida Lottery Division of Security, the official went to the convenience store posing as a customer with a winning ticket valued at $599 and gave it to the clerk to scan. Persaud checked the ...
May 12, 2017, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket scam costs victim $19,000
Includes video report
Haines City police are looking for the pair who used the promise of a Florida Lotto payoff to scam a man out of $19,000.
According to investigators, they met the victim at a Family Dollar store. Police released surveillance video of the three men together.
The men told the 42-year-old victim they had a winning lottery ticket worth $750,000, but they said they couldn't claim it because they're not here legally. They told him if he gave them $19,000 cash, they would ...
May 7, 2017, 12:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery tickets could soon come with warning label
Florida lottery tickets could soon carry a big warning label if a Republican legislator gets her way.
A House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would require all lottery tickets to say Warning: Gambling can be addictive.
Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, a Mount Dora Republican who is sponsoring the bill, said lottery tickets are a government-sanctioned activity and should come with the same kind of warnings found on cigarettes.
The Florida Lottery sells a wide lineup of tickets ranging in ...
Mar 29, 2017, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Governor appeals loss in lottery case
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is moving ahead in his legal battle with House Speaker Richard Corcoran over the state-run Florida Lottery.
The Scott administration on Tuesday appealed a ruling that found that lottery officials lacked the legal authority to approve a 15-year contract worth more than $700 million.
Corcoran sued the state's lottery secretary in February, arguing the contract with IGT Global Solutions to run lottery games is illegal, because it exceeds the Florida Lottery's authorize ...
Mar 28, 2017, 4:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Battle over Florida Lottery contract goes to court
A Florida judge must decide if the administration of Gov. Rick Scott broke the law when the state lottery approved a contract worth over $700 million.
Attorneys for the Florida Lottery and House Speaker Richard Corcoran squared off in court on Monday for several hours. Judge Karen Gievers did not immediately rule.
Corcoran sued the state's lottery secretary last month, arguing the contract with IGT Global Solutions to run lottery games is illegal because it exceeds the Florida Lottery's au ...
Mar 6, 2017, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery sued by House over contract
Just another political battle masquerading as a lawsuit?
Florida's House of Representatives filed a lawsuit late Friday accusing the Florida Lottery of illegally signing a long-term contract for ticket sales, escalating a feud between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Gov. Rick Scott a little more than a week before the legislative session begins.
Corcoran's decision to file the lawsuit represents a head-on confrontation with an agency overseen by Scott. In response, the governor's office ...
Feb 22, 2017, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum