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Whittaker Robbed Again and Again
The man who won the largest single lottery jackpot in U.S. history has had a run of bad luck this week: He's been robbed twice and sued.Police said the business office of Jack Whittaker (search), who hit the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas 2002, was broken into Tuesday and $2,000 was taken.On Thursday, Whittaker's vehicle at his home was broken into and property was stolen. State Police spokesman Sgt. Jay Powers said he could not release details.No arrests have been made.Earlier in ...
Mar 12, 2004, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum

Record Powerball Winner Sued for Sex-Related Assault
A female worker at Tri-State Racetrack Gaming has accused Jack Whittaker, the winner of the largest single lottery jackpot in history, of assault and battery.Charity D. Fortner, a floor attendant at the Nitro track, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Whittaker, alleging he forced her head toward his pants while he gambled at the track in March 2003.Fortner alleged Whittaker, who hit the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas 2002, was gambling at the track with a female friend when the inc ...
Mar 11, 2004, 5:29 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery scammer gets 18 months
A native of Russia was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday in federal court in Chicago for taking part in a telemarketing scam that cheated mostly elderly victims in the United States and Canada.Typically, victims were led to believe they had won a large cash prize but first had to send money to cover duty costs, taxes or liens.One 81-year-old woman from Aurora, repeatedly hit up for more and more money, dventually lost more than $200,000 in the scheme, authorities said.In pleading guilty ...
Mar 11, 2004, 5:20 am - Lottery News forum

No Lottery for Mississippi
Mississippi lawmakers refused to take a chance on a proposed state lottery to help fund education.House Bill 1064 was among hundreds of proposals that died Tuesday, the deadline for passing bills out of committees.On the other hand, lawmakers are willing to back a pay hike for county officials but at the counties' expense. A pay hike bill was among those surviving Tuesday's deadline.Midway through the four-month session, there have been more than 2,600 bills filed in both chambers. There were 1, ...
Mar 10, 2004, 4:28 am - Lottery News forum

Cleveland TV Station Stole Mega Millions Broadcast
It was front-page news in 1992 when WBBM-Channel 2 snatched the nightly Illinois lottery drawings away from WGN-Channel 9 and moved them to the middle of the 10 o'clock news.Bill Applegate, who was vice president and general manager of Channel 2 at the time, figured that by airing the live drawings during a commercial break, he could increase the ratings for his late news.As much as staffers hated the idea of jazzing up the news with flashing lights and models in slinky evening gowns pulling the ...
Mar 10, 2004, 4:25 am - Lottery News forum

Man loses $41,000 in sweepstakes scam
A 28-year-old Franklin, New Jersey man got a letter in the mail indicating he had won more than $600,000 in Spain's El Gordo Sweepstakes Lottery program. But over a two-week period, that Franklin man wound up withdrawing money from his bank account, taking cash advances on his credit card, borrowing from family and losing about $41,000 to the lottery scam.And police say it's unlikely the money will ever be recovered.Now the warehouse worker, who asked that his name not be used, is taking out a ...
Mar 5, 2004, 4:25 am - Lottery News forum

Woman loses $2,800 in lottery scam
A pair of con artists took advantage of a 64-year-old California woman Friday afternoon, stealing $2,800 of her savings on the promise of splitting a $125,000 winning lottery ticket with her, her granddaughter says.Such lottery scams are not uncommon in Gilroy; a few people fall victim every year, according to police. Elderly people are usually the targets, especially elderly Hispanics who might be more inclined to feel sorry for someone who claims they cant cash a winning lottery ticket because ...
Mar 5, 2004, 4:14 am - Lottery News forum

No lottery for Wyoming
A proposal that would allow Wyoming residents to play Powerball without going out of state officially died Monday, but its sponsor is not giving up. The bill will be back next year if I am elected, Rep. Dave Edwards, R-Douglas, said.House Bill 20, which had seven Republican and four Democratic co-sponsors, was killed by Sen. Delaine Roberts, R-Etna, chairman of the Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee. Roberts did not schedule HB20 for debate before Monday's noon ...
Mar 2, 2004, 6:00 am - Lottery News forum

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