Winner sues Colorado Lottery 12 years after rigged drawing
A decade after Colorado engineer Amir Massihzadeh hit the lottery, two state agents visited him with stunning news: He was likely the only legitimate winner of a $4.8 million jackpot he'd had to split three ways.
They told the Boulder resident that the other two people who had won the 2005 drawing were linked to a conspiracy in which a lottery insider and several cohorts had rigged drawings in several states. Now Massihzadeh, 62, is suing for the rest of the winnings that he feels should have ...
Oct 5, 2017, 6:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner accused of child sex assault freed from jail
A New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball lottery jackpot will be freed from jail while he awaits trial on charges he sexually assaulted a child.
A judge issued the ruling Monday during a detention hearing for 49-year-old Pedro Quezada.
Quezada will be electronically monitored and confined to his home except when traveling to see his lawyer and his financial adviser.
He was charged last week with sexual assault and child endangerment. His lawyer has said he's being targeted.
Sep 25, 2017, 7:26 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. Powerball lottery winner charged in child sex assaults
By Todd Northrop
A Wayne, New Jersey, man who won $338 million in one of the largest Powerball lottery jackpots in New Jersey history has been charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a child over a three-year period, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Pedro Quezada, 49, is charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia ...
Sep 20, 2017, 7:09 pm - Lottery News forum
2 more Jamaican lottery scam suspects brought to US
All of the 13 suspects arrested in what authorities believe is the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam to be prosecuted in the U.S. have now entered pleas in federal court, with more than one-third of them admitting guilt or scheduled to do so.
Authorities say the scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million. Two suspects who had been awaiting extradition in Jamaica were brought to the U.S. earlier this month and entered not guilty pleas in federal court ...
Sep 20, 2017, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Retired N.J. police chief scammed 95-year-old victim out of $29K
Former cop was himself scammed and trying to get his money back by joining scammers
A retired New Jersey police chief pleaded no contest this morning to charges that he participated in a scam that cost a 95-year-old Northampton Township, Pennsylvania, man almost $29,000.
Robert Ryan, 71, of Factoryville, PA, told Bucks County President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley that he, too, had lost $30,000 to a Jamaica-based lottery hoax and that his crimes were an attempt to recover his losses.
He see ...
Sep 12, 2017, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Two-time Michigan Lottery winner accused of embezzling $300,000
A 30-year-old woman who won two major Michigan Lottery prizes is accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from a local substance abuse and mental health treatment center during her time as an accountant there.
Both jackpots one $20,000 and the other $60,000 Nichol Evans won in late 2016 by playing online gambling games, according to Michigan Lottery articles.
Evans won the bigger prize while on a work break at DOT Caring Centers Inc., a local substance abuse and mental health treatment cen ...
Sep 1, 2017, 7:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery rigging mastermind sentenced to 25 years in prison
A former lottery security chief was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Tuesday for rigging the computerized lottery drawings in several states so he could collect the jackpots.
Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), received the maximum sentence from an Iowa judge, who mentioned Tipton's greed in his sentencing.
I certainly regret my actions, Tipton told the court. It's difficult even saying that with all the people that I know behind me that ...
Aug 22, 2017, 4:49 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ lawmaker files bill to block new keno game
A new keno being offered by the New Jersey Lottery Commission essentially expands casino-style gaming outside the resort, according to legislation introduced by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, D-Atlantic.
In the proposed legislation, Mazzeo seeks to block the state lottery from introducing Quick Draw, a keno-style game for the lottery. Earlier this month the state lottery announced 400 locations across the state will soon offer the game.
The State Lottery is grossly overstepping their authority ...
Aug 1, 2017, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia court awards Alabama man $1 million lottery win
This is the tale of a ticket a lottery ticket, that is. It began on a February day in 2013 and it ended last week in an Atlanta courtroom, leaving an Alabama man $1 million richer.
Gadsden attorneys Jack Floyd and John Floyd represented Attalla retiree Larry Payne when a Gadsden woman claimed a winning lottery ticket belonged to her. Jack Floyd recounted details of the case.
Larry's hobby is restoring old vehicles. On Feb. 13, 2015, he and his cousin, Jimmy Payne, went to Jasper, Tennessee ...
Jul 31, 2017, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaican lottery scam ringleader pleads guilty
A Jamaican man accused of masterminding a lottery scam that defrauded dozens of mostly elderly Americans out of millions of dollars has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and a federal prosecutor says more defendants in the case might do the same.
Lavrick Willocks, 28, reached an agreement with federal prosecutors in North Dakota earlier this month and appeared in court Thursday to enter his plea. Prosecutors dropped 65 other counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.
Willocks faces ...
Jul 28, 2017, 10:25 am - Lottery News forum