Iraqi's Oregon jackpot raises questions on lottery sales
The man from Baghdad showed up unannounced this month in a state office building in Salem, Ore., with a piece of paper in his hand that he said was worth $6.4 million. He politely asked that his name be kept quiet, then told state officials that he had set up a local bank account into which they should deposit money annually. And then he went away, richer and more mysterious than when he arrived.
It was not an ordinary day at the Oregon Lottery.
The story started with small details, lotter ...
Dec 13, 2015, 3:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery winner accused of grand theft
The man who claimed a half-million dollar Florida Lottery prize a few days ago was determining Friday how much money he would need to post bail after police took him into custody on a warrant.
Giovanni Sanchez, 27, of the 1600 block of Southeast Tiffany Club Place, Port St. Lucie, was charged Friday afternoon with grand theft, three counts of trafficking in stolen property and three counts of giving false information to a pawnbroker. He was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail Friday afterno ...
Dec 12, 2015, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
Fantasy sports sites back in business in N.Y. after appeal
DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. can continue doing business in New York for now, after an appeals court halted a trial judge's order to temporarily halt daily fantasy games in the state.
An appeals judge on Friday granted the companies a reprieve until an appellate panel has a chance to rule on a request to block the temporary ban while the companies challenge it.
Final papers in this first stage of the appeal are due Jan. 4, said Joshua Schiller, a lawyer for DraftKings, meaning New York ...
Dec 11, 2015, 5:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge gives Wyoming Lottery 15 days to amend lawsuit
A state judge is giving the Wyoming Lottery Corporation 15 days to amend its lawsuit that seeks to block a local man from criticizing the corporation.
The corporation filed a lawsuit this spring against Edward Atchison of Cheyenne. The suit alleges that Atchison told national lottery groups the corporation wasn't following its statutory mandates and needs to do more to address problem gambling.
The Wyoming Legislature authorized the corporation in 2013. Tickets went on sale last year.
Dec 1, 2015, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
Brooklyn man wins court battle to collect entire $10K lottery prize that he won in 2007
It took a while and a decision by the state's highest court but a 69-year-old Vietnam vet from Brooklyn, New York, can finally enjoy all his 2007 lottery winnings.
The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that state officials were wrong to claim half of Walter Carver's $10,000 lottery jackpot as a reimbursement for public assistance benefits he received years before he bought the winning ticket.
We are thrilled, said Carver's attorney Susan Antos. This has been a long battle.
Because Carve ...
Nov 24, 2015, 12:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Another $1.2M Hot Lotto jackpot rigged by Tipton, officials say
Ticket was sold in Oklahoma
A $1.2 million jackpot-winning Hot Lotto ticket sold in Oklahoma in 2011 has been connected to a former security official of a multi-state lottery vendor accused of rigging lotteries in four different states, a lottery official said Friday.
Oklahoma Lottery Director Rollo Redburn said a criminal investigation in Iowa has been expanded to include the winning ticket sold at the Miki Mart in Idabel in November 2011.
Eddie Tipton, a former security director of th ...
Nov 21, 2015, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
NY judge sides with attorney general against fantasy sports websites
New York convinced a state court late Monday to reject demands from DraftKings and FanDuel two popular fantasy sports operators to issue restraining orders blocking the state attorney general from making good on his threats to shut them down in New York.
The state's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is demanding that the world's leading online fantasy sports wagering websites stop operating in New York because he claims they're too much like a lottery, even though New York operates a state ...
Nov 17, 2015, 10:44 am - Lottery News forum
NY attorney general says that DraftKings and FanDuel constitute illegal gambling
The New York State attorney general on Tuesday ordered the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop accepting bets from New York residents, saying their games constituted illegal gambling under state law.
The cease-and-desist order by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is a major blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that introduced sports betting to legions of young sports fans and has formed partnerships with many of the nation's professional spo ...
Nov 11, 2015, 11:08 am - Lottery News forum
Winners suing Illinois Lottery try to rope in other states
Multi-state lottery groups pushed back on Monday against a move by lottery winners in Illinois to drag dozens of states into a lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery's suspension of payments.
Illinois has halted payments on winnings of $600 or more due to the state's ongoing budget impasse.
A class action originally filed in September in U.S. District Court in Chicago seeking to force the Illinois Lottery to pay winners was amended last week to add as defendants lottery agencies in 43 states ...
Nov 9, 2015, 10:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Records show alcohol-related misconduct by former MN Lottery official
The former acting director of the Minnesota State Lottery was so drunk at conferences in Las Vegas, New York City, Miami and Indianapolis that she was suspended by Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff, according to records released Wednesday by the lottery.
Johnene Canfield was eventually fired earlier this year and is now suing the state for discrimination, saying her gender and disability from alcohol dependency led to her dismissal.
She was terminated after a December 2014 incident in whic ...
Nov 7, 2015, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum