Offshore gambling site laundered $2 million in Amazon gift cards, Feds say
The operators of an offshore gambling website that accepts online lottery wagers used Amazon gift cards to launder nearly $2 million over the past few years, a Department of Homeland Security investigator alleged in a recent application for a seizure warrant filed in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
The filing alleges that the Costa Rica-based gambling site, 5Dimes, instructed U.S. customers to use Amazon gift cards to fund their 5Dimes online gambling wagers, in an effort to skirt th ...
Mar 15, 2016, 7:53 pm - Lottery News forum
US man pleads guilty to participating in Jamaica-based lottery scam
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a South Florida man has pleaded guilty for his role in a Jamaica-based telemarketing fraud scheme.
Delroy Drummond, 26, of Broward County, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349.
Drummond is scheduled to be sentenced on May 31, where he will face a maximum statutory sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
According to documents and information presented in co ...
Mar 15, 2016, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia becomes first state to formally legalize daily fantasy sports
Virginia Monday signed into law the Fantasy Contests Act, a bill outlining how daily fantasy sport sites like DraftKings and FanDuel can operate legally in the state. The law is the nation's first formal recognition of the industry after months of heated legal activity in multiple states.
Regulators and lawmakers around the country have sought bans on the websites on the grounds they constitute illegal online gambling. The Virginia legislature first approved the new bill in February. Governor ...
Mar 7, 2016, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
19-year-old shot over winning Kentucky lottery ticket
Two men are behind bars after being accused of shooting a 19-year-old for his winning lottery ticket two weeks ago near Churchill Downs.
One minute the man was on top of the world, and minutes later he was undergoing surgery at University Hospital and one of the suspects was trying to cash the lottery ticket.
I was on the phone, somebody came up behind me, grabbed me and shot me for the ticket, the victim said.
He was on the phone talking to his mother.
It began at a convenience sto ...
Feb 24, 2016, 5:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Store employees accused of stealing $140,000 in lottery tickets
Three Oshkosh, Wisconsin, women each face a felony theft charge after authorities say they collectively stole more than $140,000 in lottery tickets from their employer during the course of three years.
Sheila A. Coates, 32, Nicole A. Cushman, 30, and Christina A. Jacques, 35, all appeared Monday in Winnebago County Circuit Court, where Commissioner Bryan Keberlein set $1,000 signature bonds and scheduled preliminary hearings for each defendant.
According to the criminal complaint, the owne ...
Feb 23, 2016, 8:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Homeless man helped by lottery winner arrested for failing to register as sex offender
A homeless man who was given a warm bed and some loving care by a Massachusetts lottery winner was arrested Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender.
Glenn Williams, 59, was picked up by police at a first-floor apartment on Parker Street in the West End where he was staying with another woman, police spokesman Detective Capt. Steven Vicente said.
A Wareham detective called New Bedford police prior to Williams' arrest, said Vicente, who didn't know details of the call. But he conf ...
Feb 22, 2016, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Powerball winner target of $10M lawsuit by local pastor
Marie Holmes, North Carolina's $188 million Powerball lottery winner, is back in the news again.
This time Holmes is not spending millions of dollars on bailing her boyfriend, Lamarr Hot Sauce McDow, out-of-jail for the fourth time, but a pastor is allegedly suing her for $10 million for reneging on a verbal contract.
The 27-year-old mother of two took home a $127 million lump sum payment following her lottery win in February, 2015. (See N.C. Powerball lottery winner claims share of jackpo ...
Feb 15, 2016, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona AG begins investigation of former Lottery director
The former Arizona Lottery director, who abruptly resigned last month following allegations of mismanagement of the agency, is under investigation by the Attorney General Mark Brnovich's office.
Tony Bouie, who Gov. Doug Ducey appointed to the post early on in his administration, has adamantly denied wrongdoing, saying last month, There is much more to this story than is being told. I have followed the rules that I was trained on, Lottery Post reported.
A spokesman for Brnovich confirmed t ...
Feb 9, 2016, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Jury: Lottery winner must pay ex-boyfriend part of winnings
A jury Thursday ruled that a former middle school teacher who won a $1 million lottery jackpot must pay $291,000 to her former sweetheart, who testified that he handed her the money to buy the winning ticket.
Lynn Poirier, 62, claimed the prize in 2007. Her live-in boyfriend, Howard Browning, 62, sued her a few months later, claiming they had a long-standing agreement: If one of them won a major lottery prize, they'd split it 50-50.
But Poirier gave jurors a very different version of event ...
Feb 5, 2016, 12:55 pm - Lottery News forum
First lawsuit in state lottery-fixing scandal seeks millions
It was one of those feel-good moments that lotteries love to promote when Lucky Larry Dawson smiled as he claimed a $9 million jackpot, surrounded by kids and grandkids. But five years later, the Iowa man could become a key player in a barrage of litigation that threatens to cost state lotteries tens of millions of dollars in damages in an insider jackpot-rigging scandal.
A Des Moines law firm filed a lawsuit Wednesday on Dawson's behalf seeking to declare that his Hot Lotto jackpot in May 20 ...
Feb 4, 2016, 9:10 pm - Lottery News forum