Judge throws out some charges against lottery-thieving brothers
An Onondaga County Court judge who dismissed attempted grand larceny charges against two brothers accused of stealing a winning $5 million lottery ticket in 2006 ruled the crime was beyond the statute of limitations.
Judge Joseph Fahey upheld other charges brought against Andy Ashkar, 34, and Nayel Ashkar, 36, who are accused of taking a scratch-off lottery ticket from a customer at their father's convenience store on Oct. 27, 2006.
Prosecutors contended that because the brothers waited to ...
Apr 16, 2013, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum
Lawmakers going after unclaimed lottery money
So a guy walks into a gas station, buys a scratch-off, wins a few bucks, gets distracted with some fool thing and eventually puts the lucky ticket through the wash in his Wranglers. It happens. No big deal.
But for state lawmakers in a tough budget year nationwide, the unclaimed prizes are adding up to a tempting pot of cash.
It's something we've seen an increased interest in this year, said Jon Griffin, a policy associate at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington.
Mar 4, 2013, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Statisticians search for how to beat the lottery
You've probably heard the saying: Liars figure, but figures don't lie. Well, it's probably true the chances of winning a Powerball jackpot is more than 1 in 175-million. Still, there's always somebody that thinks they can beat the system.
Whether it's your wedding anniversary, your birthday, your child's birthday, or the date of another event that's important to you, people typically pick random numbers as any state lottery official will tell you, every number drawn is completely random.
Feb 20, 2013, 9:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Biggest lottery game ever in the works?
Editor's Note: Lottery Post first reported details of the new national game under consideration nine months ago (Lottery leaders convene in D.C. to discuss future of games, Lottery Post, Apr. 26, 2012). It seems the rest of the media is finally catching up.
The folks behind the nation's two biggest lotteries continue to dream of creating an even bigger game.
The idea was widely reported a few years ago, when states got the OK to start selling both Mega Millions and Powerball.
If we dev ...
Jan 25, 2013, 10:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Multi-state Wild Card game to change
By Todd Northrop
Starting with the Wednesday night drawing, the multi-state Wild Card 2 lottery game will undergo some minor changes that will make the jackpots a little bigger, while making the game a little harder to win.
Wild Card 2 is currently available to play in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
After somebody wins the jackpot, the new starting jackpot will be $200,000 doubling the old starting jackpot of $100,000.
Also, players who win the second prize by matchin ...
Jan 15, 2013, 2:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Millions in lottery winnings go unclaimed each year
It is hard for some to believe, but even as some Americans dream of hitting it big in the Lotto, Powerball, and Mega Millions jackpots, for some it might have happened and whizzed by unnoticed.
Happens all the time, says Illinois Lottery chief Michael Jones. People misinterpret whether they won or lost. People misplace tickets all the time.
Jones said the lottery estimates about one percent of all lottery prizes go unclaimed. And, considering the Illinois games raked in about $3 billion ...
Jan 15, 2013, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Beware of sharks swimming in your office lottery pool
Linda Sebastian enjoys her job , but she knows exactly what would happen if the members of her office lottery pool hit their numbers and won Wednesday's record $500 million Powerball jackpot.
My group, we'd wipe our whole floor out, she laughed. There'd be nobody left in the office.
Even her boss is a member of the pool. I tease him all the time, she said. I say, 'I'll meet you at the lottery headquarters.'
But if you join an office lottery pool, you may want to consult a lawyer firs ...
Nov 28, 2012, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Trial begins for man linked to double-murder by lottery tickets
A Chicago man accused of fatally shooting a cashier and customer inside a Southwest Side convenience store in 2005 almost got away with it, but a trail that started with lottery tickets he'd purchased moments before the killings ultimately led police to him, prosecutors said Tuesday as the man's double-murder trial got underway.
Timothy Fountain, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the August 2005 shooting deaths of clerk Graciela Rodriguez, 37, and Nicholas Guerrero, ...
Oct 24, 2012, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum
Thursday is a numerologist's dream day
What are you doing on 10-11-12?
On Thursday, some people may be marking, in some way, the fact that it is a special day, numerically speaking: It's 10-11-12.
Nice, but how significant? Those who study numbers say, well, not too much. Or perhaps it's better to say that it's as significant as you want it to be.
Significant enough to influence your wedding date? At one wedding chapel in Las Vegas, Forever Grand at the MGM Resorts, there's a special numerology package, including a chapel, a ...
Oct 10, 2012, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner indicted on 31 counts
Days after a Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, woman sought permission to subpoena Frederick Rick McMenimen's bank records, the former Exeter financial adviser sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, court records show.
The bankruptcy claim essentially halted Susan Wagstaff's lawsuit seeking to recoup $900,000 that she claims McMenimen took from her under the ruse that he was investing the money.
It also stopped legal action connected to another $1.5 million civil judgment against McMenimen fo ...
Oct 10, 2012, 7:32 am - Lottery News forum