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New Web site calls on lottery directors to add Megaplier
A lottery Web site was opened Saturday calling for the eleven Mega Millions state lottery directors to add the Megaplier feature to the game in all Mega Millions states.Currently, the Megaplier feature is only available to Texas players.According to the Web site, Megaplier.com, the Megaplier costs $1 per play board, and gives the player a chance to multiply all non-jackpot Mega Millions prizes by up to four times.Powerball multi-state lottery players have had this option for years with the Pow ...
Mar 22, 2004, 4:48 am - Lottery News forum

Dreams of lottery cash turn to dust
When a friendly telemarketer called a 74-year-old Bethlehem, Pennsylvania woman two weeks ago to tell her she'd won $5 million in a Canadian sweepstakes, it sounded too good to be true.But the young man on the other end of the line convinced the woman she was a winner and to claim her prize she had to send him $1,900 cash to cover taxes and fees on the winnings.Bethlehem police later learned the man was a con artist, but only after the victim took out a home loan to wire him the original amount ...
Mar 22, 2004, 4:11 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery millionaire admits laundering money for drug dealers
A man who won $6.7 million in the lottery a decade ago was ordered to stay in his house for six months for laundering money for drug dealers.That was the penalty imposed Tuesday on 73-year-old Carlos Rivera, who will be electronically monitored during that time. U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue also fined Rivera $30,000 and placed him on probation for three years after his home confinement is completed.Rivera admitted concealing cash payments he received from convicted drug dealers Victor and H ...
Mar 17, 2004, 11:05 am - Lottery News forum

Miami Police Search For Pair In Alleged Lotto Scam
Man, Woman Robbed Victim Of $11,000Miami Police said a Latino couple approached a woman on Feb. 4, telling her they needed her help to cash a winning lottery ticket valued at $425,000. The man and woman told the woman they would pay her a percentage of the loot, in exchange for a fee of $11,000.The following week, on Feb. 10, the woman gave the men the $11,000, and the three drove to a pharmacy in North Miami, where the woman left the cash in her car and walked inside the drugstore. The woma ...
Mar 17, 2004, 5:19 am - Lottery News forum

Foreign Lottery Scams Making Big Comeback
It starts with a postcard, a phone call -- maybe even an email -- telling you you've just won millions in a foreign lottery. It's a scam that's went underground for a while, but lately has made a comeback -- in a big way. This one here is from the Euro lottery, said Daniel Dujardin.Dujardin, 70, says it was a postcard that first hooked him in. 'You're eligible for certain amount, thousands of millions of dollars.' But of course, there was a catch. Oh, they want money up front either for taxe ...
Mar 17, 2004, 5:06 am - Lottery News forum

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