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Ohio man accused of killing lottery winner found not guilty
Identity of true murderer still a mystery two years after the deadly encounter By Kate Northrop A jury's decision to acquit a former suspect of the murder of a player who had just won $50,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket was made public yesterday. Michael Ward Jr., 19, was found not guilty of the murder of his cousin Isaac Carson Jr., a father of two, a barber who worked at Professional Cutters in Euclid, and an aspiring R B singer who participated in local American Idol auditions. ...
Oct 20, 2020, 1:51 pm - Lottery News forum

PA man ordered to give former girlfriend half of $100,000 lottery prize
He broke up with her a week after winning By Kate Northrop A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel ruled on Friday that a man who split from his long-time girlfriend one week after winning $100,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket must give her half the winnings. During a period of attempted reconciliation in February 2018, Jeffrey Jones and Ruthann Colachino were ecstatic to win a $100,000 prize from the Bingo Squared scratch-off game. The money used to buy the winning ticket came from ...
Oct 12, 2020, 12:30 pm - Lottery News forum

"Lottery Lawyer" Jason Kurland charged with robbing jackpot winners of millions
Self-branded New York attorney is accused of stealing millions from his clients By Kate Northrop The self-titled Lottery Lawyer attorney who advised dozens of significant jackpot winners across the country is now being charged by New York federal prosecutors for stealing millions of dollars from his clients. Jason Jay Kurland has been charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering in an indictment revealed today. Prosecutors are estimating that Kurland stole more than $80 ...
Aug 18, 2020, 6:48 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas lottery thief caught after attempting to cash stolen tickets
By Kate Northrop A thief who stole two whole bins of Texas Lottery scratch-off tickets from a gas station has been caught by police after he attempted to cash in a prize. On July 19 at 3:00 am, surveillance cameras captured the moment Kendall Hayes, 27, broke into the Copper Ridge Market on TX-29 in Georgetown. A man identified as Hayes pulled up to the convenience store in his car and smashed an object through the glass door. He then snatched two bins of scratch-off lottery tickets and dr ...
Aug 5, 2020, 6:31 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery scammer who stole thousands from elderly women pleads guilty
Exposed fraud ring defrauded 16 known victims in a two and a half-year conspiracy By Kate Northrop A Colombian woman who helped a fraud ring execute lottery scams that systematically targeted grandmothers was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Tuesday, Luisa Camargo, 39, was sentenced to nine months in jail (that she already served) and two years on supervised release. After joining the fraud ring and causing thousands of dollars in losses, she alone will pay $38,069 in re ...
Jun 24, 2020, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum

In reversal, CT Lottery approves $205K settlement in whistleblower case filed by ex-security chief
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. reversed itself Thursday and approved a legal settlement that it had spurned last month with one of its former top officials, who had claimed in a long-running human rights complaint and a lawsuit that he'd suffered retaliation for blowing the whistle on problems at the CLC dating back five years. In voting 8-2 to pay $205,000 to former lottery security chief Alfred DuPuis, the CLC's board of directors closed the book on one of several lingering legal disputes th ...
Jun 14, 2020, 9:49 am - Lottery News forum

Wisconsin woman receives probation for stealing and cashing $25,000 lottery ticket
Former convenience store clerk gets a total of three years' probation for theft and fraud By Kate Northrop Jessica N. Surratt, 32, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin was sentenced on Tuesday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to fraud for cashing a winning ticket worth $25,000. This is in addition to the one year of probation she was initially handed for the theft of tickets back in 2018. On June 16, 2018, Surratt stole nine scratch-off lottery tickets from the Portage Market Bask ...
May 28, 2020, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum

$205K settlement reached, then rejected, in CT Lottery whistleblower case
Old disputes die hard at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. Here is the story of one of them. A bitter legal dispute between the CLC and one of its former top officials was on the verge of being resolved 2 months ago. The opposing parties signed off March 10 on truce terms ranging from a $205,000 settlement price down to the exact wording of a script that would be read to any news reporter who asked about the case. Signing a sheet of paper outlining the settlement terms were lottery CEO Greg Sm ...
May 22, 2020, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum

Daughter saves Massachusetts man from being victimized in sweepstakes scam
A dream of a lifetime seemed to have come true last week for an elderly Massachusetts man when he received a call from someone who claimed to represent Publisher's Clearing House. The caller told the elderly Swampscott man he had just won $8.5 million plus a brand new Chevrolet in their national lottery. All he needed to do, the caller told him, was to pay the $45,000 taxes due on the money and the prize would be his. It didn't occur to the man being scammed that the tax bill on $8.5 milli ...
Mar 19, 2020, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum

Oklahoma tribe says state lottery 'second chance' game violates compacts
Oklahoma's expansion of the lottery and other forms of gaming violates the compacts tribes have with the state, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes said in a court brief filed Tuesday. Tribes sued Gov. Kevin Stitt on Dec. 31, alleging the gaming compacts automatically renewed. A federal judge has ordered mediation over whether the compacts expired Jan. 1, as Stitt believes, and that continued operation of Class III gaming is now illegal. The governor is seeking to increase the exclusivity fe ...
Mar 18, 2020, 8:26 pm - Lottery News forum

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