Lotteries hit record profits last year
Lottery sales are strong, but there are points of weakness
By Todd Northrop
Government-sponsored lotteries are continuing their broad expansion as income-producing entities, as many lotteries reported record profits in the last fiscal year.
Reports of record profits from the lotteries come despite continuing high unemployment and an economy that has been flat or downward-trending for the past two years.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich says he believes the lottery does well in a bad econo ...
Jul 25, 2011, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Canadian woman who gave away lotto winnings dies
A central Nova Scotia woman known for donating nearly all of a huge lotto jackpot died last weekend.
Violet Large, who suffered from cancer, died Saturday morning at a hospital in Lower Truro, according to an online obituary posted by a funeral home. She was 79.
Large and her husband of 37 years, Allen Large, cashed in a winning Lotto 649 ticket last summer and collected $11.2 million. They went on to give most of it away to relatives, friends, charities, hospitals, schools, churches and f ...
Jul 19, 2011, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Two get probation in scheme to avoid taxes on lottery win
A pair of men who conspired to hide from the tax man that one of them won $500,000 in the lottery were each sentenced to two years of probation Tuesday.
Pennsylvania convenience store owner Charig R. Patel and frequent lottery player Kendrick D. Francis each admitted to conspiracy to defraud the IRS and making a false statement on a tax return in March and faced up to three years in a federal prison.
However, attorneys for each of the men argued to Chief District Judge Gregory M. Sleet tha ...
Jul 13, 2011, 9:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Mobster's lottery documents sold on eBay
A collection of documents claiming to offer the signature of James Whitey Bulger from his multimillion dollar Massachusetts Lottery win went up for sale on eBay Monday.
For sale are what is purported to be the documentation from Bulger's $14.3 million dollar lottery prize.
The documents were put up for sale by Jean Linskey, the former wife of one of Bulger's partners in the win, Michael Linskey.
Michael Linskey had purchased a Mass Millions season ticket at the South Boston Liquor Mart, ...
Jul 12, 2011, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Store owner killed for $3 of lottery tickets
Felony murder charges have been filed against a man accused in the dragging death of a northern New Jersey gas station owner, who authorities say was killed over the alleged theft of a few dollars worth of lottery tickets.
Bail was set Sunday at $750,000 for 34-year-old Ronnie Fedo of Lake Hopatcong. He's also charged with aggravated manslaughter, death by auto, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and robbery in connection with Saturday afternoon's incident in Jefferson Townsh ...
Jun 27, 2011, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
Ark. lottery winner busted for drug trafficking
Includes video report
A past $100,000 winner of Arkansas' lottery was indicted today for allegedly being the kingpin of a major crystal methamphetamine operation.
A federal grand jury returned an 18-count indictment against Daniel Dano Henry Jr. of Austin and 19 others, capping a five-year investigation that was dubbed Operation Big Winner last fall after Henry claimed a $100,000 lottery prize on Sept. 24.
The organization that prosecutors allege Henry led dealt 5 to 10 pounds of crysta ...
Jun 15, 2011, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner faces murder trial in Detroit landlord's death
Witnesses: Father shot Australian in dispute over daughter's rent
A Michigan Lottery millionaire was ordered on Thursday to stand trial for first-degree premeditated murder.
Freddie Young, 62, whose 13-member lottery club hit a $46.5 million Mega Millions jackpot in February, was bound over by 36th District Judge Patricia Jefferson on charges related to the May 7 slaying of his daughter's landlord in an alleged dispute over two months' unpaid rent.
Witnesses testified at a preliminary e ...
May 27, 2011, 2:12 pm - Lottery News forum
$2M Michigan lottery winner defends use of food stamps
Includes video report
A Michigan man who won $2 million in a state lottery game continues to collect food stamps 11 months after striking it rich.
And there's nothing the state can do about it, at least for now.
Leroy Fick, 59, of Auburn won $2 million in the state lottery TV show Make Me Rich! last June. But the state's Department of Human Services determined he was still eligible for food stamps, Fick's attorney, John Wilson of Midland, said Tuesday.
Eligibility for food stamps is ...
May 18, 2011, 7:07 am - Lottery News forum
Detroit lottery millionaire charged with murder
A man who was part of a U.S. Postal Service employees group who won a share of the $93 million Mega Millions Jackpot in February is now accused of killing a Detroit landlord from Australia.
In a bizarre twist to the tragic death of Greg McNicol in Detroit, police said suspect Freddie Young won a $1.8 million slice of $93 million Mega Millions lottery.
Young allegedly shot McNicol during an argument over just a few hundred dollars in overdue rent money Young's daughter owed.
It didn't m ...
May 17, 2011, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Simon Cowell still buys lottery tickets
Simon Cowell says that he still plays the National Lottery in spite of his reported 200 million (US$330 million) fortune.
The X Factor' and Syco boss made the claims after he entered the Sunday Times' annual music millionaires' top ten list for the first time this year.
I still buy lottery tickets. I still play, said the music mogul, but then added slightly dubiously, but I tick the box that says no publicity so no one would know.
Generally, there is no box to be ticked unless the amo ...
May 5, 2011, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum