From the lottery to Nobel prize: meet workers who make life-changing phone calls
For 12 years now, Anita Pires has been working at the call center for Camelot, the company that runs the UK's national lottery. She is one of a staff of 30 who answer calls from potential lottery winners, checking their numbers for prizes that range from 5 to the multi-millions. In 2009, I had one of my biggest winners, who won 45m, she says. Even I couldn't believe it. We only get an automated prompt just before they're put through; it's always very exciting. The claimants are in shock and don' ...
Aug 28, 2019, 9:41 am - Lottery News forum
What's it like to suddenly become rich?
We've all daydreamed about an unexpected windfall that would change our luck. But what's it really like to come into money? Meet five people who did.
Desiree Home: lottery winner, 1,000,000 (US$1.2 million)
Our routine was always the same. Wayne, my husband, would pop into the post office on his way to work to get our lottery tickets, and he'd get up early the morning after the draw and check the numbers. He'd forgotten to check the Tuesday night Euromillions till the Thursday.
Aug 7, 2019, 2:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery losers could get paid after lottery scam lawsuit settles for $4.3 million
A class-action lawsuit to benefit potentially millions of owners of losing tickets linked to the largest lottery scam in U.S. history has been settled for $4.3 million, according to a statement sent by an attorney in the case.
The settlement will refund the cost of tickets purchased in nine specific drawings dates for games sold in 33 states, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., between Nov. 23, 2005 and May 23, 2013. A settlement website will be set up to assist people who s ...
Jul 22, 2019, 6:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Police officer sent to rehab for playing scratch-off lottery tickets on duty, lawsuit claims
A police officer in Wayne, New Jersey, has filed a lawsuit against the department alleging the police chief and other officials sent him to in-patient rehabilitation for a reported gambling addiction when an anonymous caller complained he played scratch-off lottery tickets while in uniform.
In the wide-ranging suit alleging years of corruption within the department, Corporal Rick Vanderclock claims the caller told his supervisors that Vanderclock was gambling while on duty by and through his ...
Jul 17, 2019, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
The women who win hundreds of sweepstakes per year
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Spend enough time online, and you'll come across some kind of contest or sweepstakes offering you a chance to win a prize. Most of us brush these off as dangling carrots veiled corporate attempts to collect our data and court free advertising. The odds of actually winning seem miniscule.
But a community of avid sweepers claim to have mast ...
Jul 15, 2019, 1:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Man who won millions from lottery during divorce case must share
A suburban Detroit man who was in the middle of a divorce when he won more than $30 million must share the lottery windfall with his ex-wife.
The Michigan appeals court says a marriage isn't over until it's over. It means Mary Beth Zelasko can keep $15 million awarded by an arbitrator, although she and Rich Zelasko had been separated for two years when he bought the Mega Millions ticket in 2013. Their divorce wasn't final until 2018.
In a court filing, an attorney for Rich Zelasko said, Ri ...
Jun 20, 2019, 7:14 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner can seek bigger prize at trial, judge rules
Lucky Larry may have a shot to win millions more this time from a jury.
A judge has ordered a trial in a lawsuit filed by Iowa lottery winner Larry Dawson, who contends a $9 million jackpot that he won in 2011 should have been nearly three times as big.
Dawson filed his lawsuit in 2016 after an investigation revealed that lottery contractor Eddie Tipton rigged the previous $16.5 million jackpot, bought the winning ticket himself and unsuccessfully worked with associates to claim it.
May 17, 2019, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Country House declared Kentucky Derby winner after Maximum Security disqualified
First winner disqualified in 145-year history of Derby
Maximum Security led all the way in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, only to become the first winner disqualified for interference in the race's 145-year history. After a long wait, 65-1 shot Country House was declared the winner.
The announcement seemed to come from the heavens, and then all hell broke loose.
Hold all tickets.
Country House was declared the winner of Saturday's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs after the second ...
May 5, 2019, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery-scamming brothers avoid asset seizures by transferring property to their mother
By Jason Clayworth
Two brothers who were behind the largest lottery scam in U.S. history and owe more than $2.3 million in unpaid restitution and court fees recently transferred several properties they owned to their mother.
The transfers from Eddie and Tommy Tipton have raised further questions about why four states Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin and Colorado have yet to seize their properties.
It has been about two years since the brothers admitted their role in a scam that hijacked lott ...
Apr 29, 2019, 9:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Thinking of going off the grid after winning the lottery? Not so fast
Everyone dreams of it: having a small piece of paper with the right numbers printed on it and winning the life-changing $200 million, $700 million or $1 billion jackpot. But what happens after you win?
Many winners decide to remain anonymous or at least try to but that can be difficult when many states demand that the winners of large jackpots show their faces at news conferences.
At his own news conference in Madison, Wis., Manuel Franco, 24, who in a Powerball drawing last month won $768 ...
Apr 25, 2019, 3:29 pm - Lottery News forum