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Study: Brain Prefers Working for Cash
It's nicer when you actually earn it.Lottery winners, trust-fund babies and others who get their money without working for it do not get as much satisfaction from their cash as those who earn it, a study of the pleasure center in people's brains suggests.Emory University researchers measured brain activity in the striatum - the part of the brain associated with reward processing and pleasure - in two groups of volunteers. One group had to work to receive money while playing a simple computer gam ...
May 13, 2004, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum

WCLC to clearly define "ticket"
The Western Canada Lottery Corporation is changing its definition of a winning ticket, after a woman was allowed to collect her prize with a photocopy.Earlier this month, a judge awarded a Calgary woman the $100,000 jackpot, even though she only had a copy of the winning ticket. She told lottery officials she'd lost the original.The lottery corporation refused to validate the ticket, before the court decision. Its concern is that someone could come forward with the actual ticket and it would be ...
May 13, 2004, 6:51 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery bill would let N.C. counties decide to join
The North Carolina Legislature's newest lottery bill would give counties the option to participate in a state-run numbers game in which they would receive a portion of the proceeds for school construction.The measure filed by Rep. Bill Owens, D-Pasquotank, would allow county commissioners the authority to call an election on whether to operate the lottery in that county. A state-run lottery could be started once voters in 25 counties agree to participate in one.One-quarter of all revenues genera ...
May 11, 2004, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner's dreams live on after his death
Despite a troubled past, James Craig's family said he had started to turn his life around long before he struck it rich and won a $9.7 million Indiana Lotto jackpot earlier this year. My brother had been incarcerated for petty (non-violent) crimes, but he used that time to better himself in many ways; especially through education, which helped get him paroled three years ago, said Ruth Craig.Craig said her brother earned both associate and bachelor degrees in business while he was enrolled in t ...
May 10, 2004, 6:37 am - Lottery News forum

Winning lottery ticket photocopy upheld in appeal
An Alberta court has upheld a decision ordering the Western Canada Lottery Corp. to award Calgarian Valerie Murphy $100,000 after she lost her winning ticket.According to an Alberta Court of Appeal ruling, Ms. Murphy lost the ticket when her wallet was stolen. She still had a photocopy of the original, but that wasn't good enough for the lottery corporation, which rejected her claim.The lottery corporation admitted the copy of the front side of the ticket was genuine, but argued the two differen ...
May 10, 2004, 6:34 am - Lottery News forum

Student Loses $18,800 In Scam
Man Sent Money In Hopes Of Securing Lottery Payoff, Authorities SayAn IUPUI student tricked into believing he had won an Internet sweepstakes lottery was bilked out of more than $18,000, campus police said.Salai T. Ehei, 28, sent money via e-mail, telephone and fax and also Western Union totaling $18,804 over several weeks in pursuit of what he thought would be a big payoff.He told IUPUI police he received a winning notification from a Euro America sweepstakes that promised him a payoff in exc ...
May 4, 2004, 6:54 am - Lottery News forum

E-mail lottery scams arise again
A fool and his money are soon parted, especially if the fool believes everything in his e-mail box.Darrel Van Sickle wasn't fooled, however.The former owner of Darrel's Pool Supplies on Dearborn Street thought something was fishy when he got an e-mail recently telling him he had won a lottery. All he needed to collect his winnings was to contact a fiduciary agent who would facilitate a transfer of his funds, most likely by asking Van Sickle to provide his bank information so the money could be ...
Apr 26, 2004, 6:58 am - Lottery News forum

Ohio Gambling Proposal Would Allow Cities to Vote on Casinos
Cities could vote on casinos and thousands of electronic slot machines would be installed at Ohio racetracks, under a new legislative proposal that backers hope to put on the November ballot.House Speaker Larry Householder said Wednesday he believes cities would view the casino idea as a positive trade-off given that rural areas benefit from racetracks through the sale of grain for horses. So this is a way to allow the urban areas to also have a benefit, Householder said.Democrats and Republi ...
Apr 22, 2004, 1:52 pm - Lottery News forum

Man Dies In Crash Weeks After Winning Lottery
A northwestern Indiana man who won $9.7 million in a January lottery drawing died when his car struck a utility pole in a rainstorm, police said.James K. Craig Jr., 43, is the second Indiana man to die this year shortly after winning the lottery. He was pronounced dead about 4:30 a.m. Saturday shortly after the crash on U.S. 231 about 15 miles south of Gary near the town of Winfield.Lake County police spokesman Michael Higgins said Craig lost control of his 2003 Saturn in rainy conditions, causi ...
Apr 19, 2004, 6:11 am - Lottery News forum

The Two Titans of the Lottery Industry
We often hear that the $40 billion spent on video games worldwide dwarfs the amount spent on the motion picture industry. But another form of mass entertainment dwarfs them both: the lottery business. According to a Morgan Stanley study, sales of lottery tickets around the world will top $160 billion in 2004.You should be thankful for the lottery business this week as you write a check for your tax bill. That's because you'd probably owe a lot more if not for your fellow citizens' crazed desire ...
Apr 15, 2004, 4:58 am - Lottery News forum