Texas man charged in Iowa lottery case contests extradition
A Texas businessman accused of helping a lottery security official to try to claim a rigged $14 million jackpot is out of jail while he fights extradition to Iowa.
Robert Rhodes, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, left a county jail after posting bond April 9, three weeks after his arrest on two counts of fraud, court records show. He's expected to contest his extradition to Iowa during a May 7 hearing and is under electronic monitoring in the meantime.
Rhodes is denying charges that he worked with ...
Apr 20, 2015, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
BOMBSHELL: MUSL employee might have rigged Hot Lotto computerized drawing
Lottery Post has been warning of the dangers of computerized drawings for over a decade, and now prosecutors of the mystery Hot Lotto winner from Iowa are looking at the possibility that those warnings have come true.
Prosecutors believe there is evidence indicating a former information-security director for a lottery vendor in Iowa tampered with lottery equipment before buying a Hot Lotto ticket that would go on to win $14.3 million, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The trial ...
Apr 13, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Nine sentenced to federal prison in lottery scam
Nine people were sentenced Thursday to serve federal prison time and pay restitution for a bogus lottery scam that targeted elderly victims across the country, according to the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles.
In the scam, the victims would be notified that they had won a lottery or sweepstakes, but needed to pay fees or taxes in advance to receive their winnings, according to federal officials.
There were 18 people indicted in the case and three others were sentenced previou ...
Apr 5, 2015, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum
California store owner sues customer for half of $1M lottery prize
Assembly line worker Evangelina Reyes had big plans for the $1 million she won earlier this year in the California Lottery's Emerald 10 scratch-off game. But then the owner of the Milpitas liquor store where she bought the winning ticket slapped her with a lawsuit, claiming she'd signed a handwritten contract guaranteeing him half the prize.
Now, instead of dipping into the money for a family vacation in Hawaii and serenely banking the rest for early retirement, the 53-year-old mother of five ...
Mar 5, 2015, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
JUDGE: Florida sex offender allowed to spend $3M lottery winnings
A convicted sex offender can spend his $3 million Florida lottery winnings any way he wants, over the protestations of two of his alleged victims, a judge ruled Friday.
Timothy Poole won the Florida Super Millions scratch-off lottery in December, taking home a lump sum of $2.2 million. (See Florida Lottery winner outed as sexual predator, Lottery Post, Dec. 10, 2014.)
Two brothers are suing Poole for psychological damages after they say he abused them when they were 5 and 9 years old in 19 ...
Feb 15, 2015, 10:37 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian man loses $27 million lottery jackpot by 7 seconds
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal from a Quebec man who tried to claim a $27 million jackpot based on a lottery ticket printed seven seconds after the cut-off time.
On Thursday, Canada's top court said it would not hear Joel Ifergan's lottery case. The SCC dismissed his request for an appeal with costs.
Ifergan purchased two lottery tickets for the May 23, 2008 Super 7 draw at 8:59 p.m., one minute ahead of the weekly draw deadline. His first ticket printed with the May 2 ...
Jan 30, 2015, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL employee arrested in Hot Lotto jackpot mystery
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has made an arrest in the four-year-old case involving a winning Hot Lotto ticket worth more than $16 million which the winner mysteriously decided not to claim.
Eddie Raymond Tipton, 51, of Norwalk, was arrested on Thursday. He has been charged with two counts of fraud, which are class D felonies.
Tipton is Director of Information Security for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is a vendor of the Iowa Lottery. His job prohibits hi ...
Jan 15, 2015, 10:44 pm - Lottery News forum
California gas station manager allegedly kept winning lottery scratchers
The former manager of a San Bruno gas station has been charged with cheating people who purchased California lottery scratchers after he figured out a way to secretly check which tickets were winners.
He would then sell the losing tickets to gas station patrons.
Most people who bought the scratcher tickets probably never noticed something was odd, but one customer did notice her ticket had been tampered with.
At the bottom of the ticket there were markings as though someone had scratche ...
Jan 13, 2015, 8:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Montana's $1M lottery raffle winner sued for half of prize
A regular at the Town Pump in East Helena, Montana, is suing 23-year-old Jeff Fallang, who recently hit a $1 million jackpot and has not given the plaintiff a cut.
Michael Hess said he went to the store to purchase Montana Millionaire tickets on Dec. 23, and told Fallang if he won, he'd split his winnings, according to documents filed in Helena district court Thursday. Fallang, who was on shift, asked Hess if he could buy a ticket from him.
I then told Jeff I would as long as if he was to ...
Jan 10, 2015, 1:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia woman accused of scheme to steal lottery winnings
A Georgia woman has been indicted in Missouri on charges that stole nearly half a million dollars in lottery winnings from a 60-year-old victim.
Freya Pearson, 41, of Georgia and formerly of Kansas City, Mo., was charged last month in a nine-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, according to Don Ledford, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Missouri.
The indictment, according to Ledford, alleges that Pearson convinced her victi ...
Nov 12, 2014, 12:04 pm - Lottery News forum