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Lottery player comes up a loser in supreme court
A lottery player whose interpretation of the term wild card gave rise to his claim that he had a $20,000 winning ticket got little sympathy in Maine's highest court.The Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday denied Larry Moody's appeal, saying his interpretation would make every Wild Card Cash ticket a winner.Moody claimed the prize in the instant lottery game, even though none of the six scratch boxes showed a hand with a winning pair. When he scratched a separate box labeled wild card, the fi ...
Feb 27, 2004, 4:19 am - Lottery News forum

NJ Resident Dreams Up Scratch Game
It all came to Rocco Promutico in a dream.On a day when he had shoulder surgery, back in 1998, Promutico had a very vivid dream: He was sitting at a table in a casino, playing a game called Six Shooters. I was playing a game that I had never seen before, Dover Township resident Promutico said. When I woke up, I was able to sit down and draw out a whole sketch of how the game was played. From that sketch came the basic structure of a game called Roll 6 Poker, which last month was transforme ...
Feb 23, 2004, 5:31 am - Lottery News forum

Wyoming Takes Step Towards Instituting Lottery
In a narrow vote, Wyoming lawmakers chose to support a bill that would allow the state to get into the lottery game.The House Revenue Committee voted 5-4 to pass House Bill 20 to the full House for debate. This is not about gambling in the state of Wyoming, said Rep. Dave Edwards, R-Douglas. We already have gambling. It's here, it's on the Internet. Edwards passed out a piece of paper containing six different ads promoting raffles from just one weekend edition of a Wyoming newspaper. Taking pa ...
Feb 19, 2004, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum

School Board Discusses Resolution Supporting N.C. Lottery
School Leaders Say Money Spent In Virginia Could Be Spent On N.C. EducationNorth Carolina school leaders near Virginia seem especially passionate about the lottery money that goes north of the border.They want it spent here on education. Tuesday night, the Roanoke Rapids school system is expected to become the first in North Carolina to try to make that happen.Virginia welcomes travelers headed north into Greensville County. Just a few miles up the interstate Tuesday, a convenience Store in Skip ...
Feb 18, 2004, 5:27 am - Lottery News forum

Lotto winner gives $1M to friend
Multi-million-dollar lottery winner Barry Funk is a man of his word. Twenty years ago, buddies Funk and Michael Hawryshko promised each other that if one of them ever won the lottery, he'd give the other a million bucks.Funk, a flooring contractor, and his wife Patty Gau, a high school science teacher, won $10.8 million in last Friday's Super 7 lottery draw.When claiming the prize yesterday, Funk announced he and his wife will give $1 million to Hawryshko and his wife Susan.Funk and Gau's winni ...
Feb 11, 2004, 6:29 am - Lottery News forum

Arkansas poll shows more support for lottery than higher taxes
A poll shows that most Arkansans would not support increased income taxes to pay for education reform, and about half oppose a sales tax increase, but many are willing to take a chance on a lottery.The poll was conducted by Opinion Research Associates Incorporated of Little Rock for the Stephens Media Group. The survey showed that 71% were opposed to paying more in income taxes to support public education.The poll also showed that only 47% support a penny increase in the sales tax with proceeds ...
Feb 6, 2004, 6:48 am - Lottery News forum

George Andersen, Former Minnesota Lottery Director
Minnesota State Lottery Director George Andersen died at the age of 53 on January 27, 2004, leaving his mark indelibly on his family, friends, and the Lottery that he ran successfully for more than 14 years.Andersen, the first and only Lottery director in Minnesota, was appointed by former Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1989. He was the second most senior lottery director in the nation and was widely regarded as brilliant and knowledgeable in his field. A Pennsylvania native, he first served as deputy e ...
Jan 30, 2004, 11:43 pm - Lottery News forum

Report: Minnesota Lottery Director haunted by audit
When Minnesota Lottery Director George Andersen went to work Monday to face a 10-hour meeting with legislative auditors, he acted like he was going to his execution, his wife later told detectives.Darlene Andersen also said that her husband feared that the couple would lose everything because of the audit.The report about Andersen's death, which was released Friday, shows how greatly Andersen's job troubles were weighing on him before he took his life at his Washington County home.Darlene An ...
Jan 30, 2004, 11:36 pm - Lottery News forum

You want the other Jack; he's got the millions
The other Jack Whittaker of West Virginia -- the one who wasn't arrested on drunken driving charges last weekend, whose money wasn't stolen outside a strip club and who definitely didn't win $113 million -- wishes the Jack Whittaker of lottery fame would behave.Not that Jack Whittaker of Princeton, W.Va., is one to pass judgment on anyone's personal life.It's just that every time the other Jack Whittaker gets into one of those embarrassing legal scrapes, the non-famous Jack Whittaker gets hit wi ...
Jan 30, 2004, 6:54 am - Lottery News forum

Ohio Lottery Players Look for Luck
Lottery players are flocking to a little convenience store in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid ever since it sold Ohio's first winning Mega Millions ticket last month. The Quick Shop Food Mart tripled its sales of Mega Millions lottery tickets this month and its Super Lotto sales have doubled.Odds for tonight's Mega Millions drawing are about one in 135 million. Even if you place your wager at the store that sold a lottery ticket worth $165 million, the odds stay the same.Paul Presson is a p ...
Jan 27, 2004, 6:14 am - Lottery News forum