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Bill would allow Florida Lottery tickets to be sold online
Capitalizing on a recent change in federal law, legislation has been filed to allow the Florida Lottery to sell tickets online. The bill, SB 270 by Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami Beach), is aimed at broadening the Lottery's revenue base to include out-of-state customers and occasional players who might be enticed to play more frequently if online tickets were an option. Last year, the Lottery posted a record $5.5 billion in sales. Several states have have already taken advantage of the federa ...
Sep 16, 2015, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum

Illinois lottery winners file class-action lawsuit against state
Includes video report Rhonda Rasche had a great plan for the $50,000 she won from a scratch-off Illinois Lottery ticket. She wanted to help her best friend cope with the loss of her mother. I wanted to take her and her sister on a trip because they were doing at-home hospice for her, and it was pretty tough on all of them emotionally [and] physically, said Rasche, 48, of Homer Glen. She never made that trip. Instead, Rasche became one of two plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit file ...
Sep 10, 2015, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum

[UPDATE] D.C. woman who tried to redeem faulty ticket admitted to forging second 'winner'
By Todd Northrop A Washington, D.C. woman who enlisted the help of local media to try and claim a faulty Virginia Lottery scratch-off ticket actually tried to claim a second lottery ticket of the same exact game that she admitted was a forgery. Lottery Post reported Wednesday morning that Ardella Newman of Washington, D.C. is taking the Virginia Lottery to task for denying her claim of a scratch-off ticket that she claims is worth $20,000. The Virginia Lottery had issued a statement that t ...
Sep 9, 2015, 7:48 pm - Lottery News forum

NY man claims friend broke deal to split lottery prize, files lawsuit
A Queens, New York, man claims one of his best friends is bilking him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, after improbably striking the jackpot on a lottery ticket the two had agreed to split and refusing to share the million dollar bounty. Terry Hollenquest, 52, a barber and business consultant, alleges that he and his neighbor and longtime buddy Leonard (John) Owens hatched the get-rich plan a year ago. The two men would play the lotto every day, under the agreement that if either s ...
Aug 4, 2015, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum

Former lottery security employee guilty of rigging $14.3M drawing
Jurors convicted a former Iowa lottery security official of two counts of fraud Monday for rigging a Hot Lotto drawing to win $14.3 million. The jury's verdict came after three days of witness testimony last week in the case against Eddie Tipton, 52, who faces up to 10 years in prison. It's believed to be the first prosecution of a person accused of tampering with lottery equipment to manipulate a draw. Tipton stared straight ahead with his hands folded as the verdict was read, showing no ...
Jul 20, 2015, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum

$1M lottery winner admits stealing from cancer-stricken brother's business
When Manuel Buginga found out his sister had been embezzling money from his Brockton construction business for years he didn't know what to do. Buginga said he was even more shocked to learn that she increased the amount she had been stealing after she found out he had been diagnosed with cancer and also after she won $1 million on a scratch ticket just two months prior. In March 2012, Buginga was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. With the news of his cancer he went to review his bank acco ...
Jul 19, 2015, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum

Hot Lotto case moves to jury for deliberations
Attorneys gave their closing arguments Friday in the fraud case against a former lottery vendor employee accused of manipulating a Hot Lotto drawing to win a $14.3 million ticket. Eddie Tipton, 52, is being tried on two counts of fraud. He has been accused of buying the winning Hot Lotto ticket at a Des Moines QuikTrip on Dec. 23, 2010. Tipton was defined by Iowa law as a prohibited player in his former position as the information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, or ...
Jul 17, 2015, 8:53 pm - Lottery News forum

Prosecution rests in Hot Lotto trial
The defense began calling witnesses Thursday morning in the trial against a former lottery vendor employee accused of rigging a Hot Lotto drawing to win a $14.3 million ticket. Eddie Tipton, 52, is being tried on two counts of fraud. Tipton has been accused of purchasing the winning ticket at a Des Moines QuikTrip on Dec. 23, 2010. In his former position as the information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, Tipton was barred by Iowa law from buying a lottery ticket. ...
Jul 16, 2015, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery ticket thief gets prison term shortened
An appeals court shortened the prison term for lottery-ticket thief Andy Ashkar by at least three-and-a-half years, reducing a sentence imposed by a judge because it was unduly harsh and severe. In a decision filed on Friday, the Supreme Court Appellate Division's Fourth Judicial Department shortened Ashkar's total sentence to between five and 15 years, the amount requested by Assistant District Attorney Beth Van Doren in 2013. Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph E. Fahey, offended by the ...
Jul 14, 2015, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum

Australian lottery winner accused of hiding win reaches deal with pool members
A group of people who sued a Melbourne, Australia, co-worker after he allegedly failed to distribute the winnings of a AU$16.6 million (US$12.3 million) lottery pool ticket have reportedly struck a deal with him. However that deal may not include an agreement to share the jackpot with the members of his lotto pool. The Geelong man is accused of keeping the big win to himself, cheating the other members of the pool out of their share of the $16.6 million group draw last October. A Curren ...
Jul 13, 2015, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum

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