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Lawsuit acuses Texas of misusing lottery funds
A lawsuit filed by a watchdog group seeks to block the State of Texas from making more payments to a Las Vegas law firm hired a year ago to draft legislation to legalize video slot machines.The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Russ Verney of the national watchdog group Judicial Watch, contends that the state exceeded its authority when it agreed to spend lottery proceeds to pay the firm.The Texas attorney general's office hired the law firm Lionel, Sawyers and Collins to develop legislation that would ...
Dec 17, 2004, 3:13 pm - Lottery News forum

Global Pyramid Lottery Sceme Indicted Again
On the heels of several indictments and guilty pleadings worldwide, World Games Inc. (WGI) is once again the target of law enforcement.WGI offers different lottery and gaming products to its members on the Internet. Like a pyramid scheme, members join with the intention of registering as many new members as possible, in order to derive credit from those new members. In keeping with a pyramid scheme, the vast percentage of rewards go to the members highest up in the scheme.Pyramid schemes are i ...
Dec 17, 2004, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum

Record Powerball lottery winner's life a mess after big win
The worlds first glimpse of Jack Whittaker, winner of the richest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history, was of a boisterous, happy-go-lucky guy in a big cowboy hat who loved his family, work and God and promised to share his good fortune with the church and the poor.Two years later, the picture the public is seeing now is a mug shot of a haggard, somber Whittaker.Whittaker, 57, has been arrested twice on charges of drunken driving in the past year and has been ordered to go into rehab by Ja ...
Dec 14, 2004, 1:16 pm - Lottery News forum

Record Powerball Lottery Winner's Granddaughter Missing
Record Powerball winner Jack Whittaker has reported his 17-year-old granddaughter missing, police said late Thursday. Family members had not seen or heard from Brandi Lasha Bragg since 9 p.m. Saturday when she was at her Hurricane home, Putnam County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Arthur said. At this time we're treating this as an unusual disappearance, Arthur said. Normally someone would see her at least on a daily basis, someone in the family. Arthur said Whittaker reported Bragg missing sometime this ...
Dec 10, 2004, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum

Record Powerball lottery winner ordered into substance abuse program
A man who won a nearly $315 million Powerball lottery -- the largest single jackpot in history -- was ordered into substance abuse treatment today after his second drunken driving arrest this year.In an agreement with prosecutors, Jack Whittaker, 57, will check himself into rehab by Jan. 2, must surrender his license and may not drive until he provides written proof he's completed the 28-day residential program.Whittaker was charged with drunken driving last week, violating his $150 bond for a s ...
Dec 8, 2004, 1:07 pm - Lottery News forum

Gaming executives guilty of operating illegal lottery, pyramid scheme
Six of the lead promoters of World Games Inc. (WGI) plead guilty to operating and promoting an Illegal Pyramid Scheme December 6, 2004 in Calgary, Alberta.The guilty plea was a result of a five month Joint Forces investigation including the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (Gaming Investigation Team), Calgary Police Service, RCMP, and the Lethbridge Police Service.World Games Inc. CEO, Greg Kennedy was found guilty of pyramid selling offenses by the Australian Federal Court earlier this year ...
Dec 8, 2004, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum

Mega Millions jackpot winner headed to divorce court
The wife of Mega Millionaire Juan Rodriguez has filed for divorce, demanding her slice of the $149 million jackpot even before the check has been cut to her hubby.Iris Rodriguez never bothered with the expense of the divorce when Juan was worth a whole lotta nothing, neighbors and friends told The Post.She had kicked her husband out after months of bickering over how broke he was. But she had started a reconciliation with him just before he won.Now Iris sees a chance to cash in and get out of th ...
Dec 6, 2004, 8:04 am - Lottery News forum

Record Powerball winner arrested
A West Virginia man who won a record $315 million in the Powerball lottery was arrested on charges of drunken driving and carrying a pistol, authorities said.Jack Whittaker, 57, was jailed Tuesday night after his Hummer struck a concrete median near Beckley.Senior Trooper M.J. Pinardo reported that he smelled alcohol, but Whittaker refused sobriety tests and was extremely belligerent. Troopers also said he was carrying a small pistol in a boot and $117,000 in cash.He was released after he was ...
Dec 6, 2004, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum

Winner of a Lottery Jackpot Is Accused in Check Fraud
People who win millions of dollars in the lottery often find long-lost friends stopping by, but a Long Island woman who recently hit for $5 million found herself suddenly popular with Nassau County detectives.The woman, Lydia Moore, 54, a health care worker from Glen Cove, won $5 million last month playing Livin' Large the New York Lottery's new instant scratch-off game.She appeared at an Oct. 28 ceremony on Long Island, where a state lottery official introduced her and another winner as our ...
Nov 8, 2004, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum

Suit seeks $213M in lottery winnings
Clarksdale City Commissioner Charles Buster Moton has already thought about what he would do with a $213 million Powerball winning.Build state-of-the-art recreational facilities for young people, help churches repair or rebuild and assist families that can't afford decent housing, he said.He must convince a judge and jury, however, that he is a jackpot winner in the May 8 Tennessee Powerball lottery.Moton filed suit last week against the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. saying he lost a Power ...
Nov 8, 2004, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum