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Chinese man jailed for selling newborn to buy lottery tickets
A father who sold his newborn son to raise money to buy lottery tickets was sentenced to 10 years in prison in China's latest baby-trafficking case, a newspaper reported Monday.The man, identified only by the family name Zhang, sold his baby boy for 9,000 yuan, the equivalent of about $1,350, because he had dreams of becoming rich overnight, the Beijing Daily Messenger reported. Evil father sold his own son to buy lottery tickets, the headline read.The Fugou County Court in central China's He ...
May 9, 2005, 10:57 am - Lottery News forum

NY Court Of Appeals Rules Video Lottery Terminals Are Legal
Court Also Rules in Favor of Mega Millions Lottery GameNew York's highest court has given the go-ahead for video lottery terminals.The Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled VLT's are not slot machines, and therefore are legal. The ruling also says a portion of the revenue from the terminals can go to the horse racing industry, since the machines operate at tracks.Opponents had sued, saying lottery proceeds were state-mandated to go to education funding.VLT's were approved by lawmakers to bring more ...
May 4, 2005, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum

UK Lottery jackpot winners jailed
Two UK lottery jackpot millionaires were jailed for different crimes when they appeared at the same court Thursday.A judge told Surinder Singh, a 53-year-old drug addict and dealer, that he was not all persuaded that the 2.1 million (US$4 million) the chip shop owner had won on the National Lottery would ensure he kept out of trouble in the future and jailed him for nine months.Less than two hours later, Melvyn Howlett, a 45-year-old businessman who won 1.2 million (US$2.3 million), was sent ...
May 2, 2005, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum

Key figure in MN Lottery probe dead; suicide suspected
A key figure in an ongoing criminal investigation over past contract practices of the Minnesota State Lottery has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and gambling enforcement agents will attempt to determine whether his death is connected to the probe.Michael Priesnitz, 53, was found dead Thursday afternoon on the floor of a garage at his home in International Falls. He was shot once in the head with a shotgun found near his body, according to International Falls police. ...
May 2, 2005, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum

NY lottery pool members sue over Mega Millions jackpot
A Manhattan judge has frozen most of the Mega Millions lottery winnings of a Mount Sinai Hospital employee and has told three co-workers who pooled money to buy tickets with him they may proceed with their lawsuit to get a share of the prize.The lawsuit against John Piccolo says he kept $175,000 in lottery winnings that he should have shared with the three co-workers because he used their money to enter the Nov. 2 drawing.The co-workers' court papers say each of the four should have received $43 ...
Apr 21, 2005, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum

Opinion: CA legislators should keep public in the loop about lottery
EditorialOakland TribuneSo, what do we do about the California Lottery? For the past four or so years, the lottery has been static, bringing in about $2 billion a year.The state Lottery Commission believes that joining Mega Millions, which generated a record jackpot of $363 million in 2002, will provide an economic boost for the state by luring more people into playing the lottery, generating more revenue, 34 percent of which goes to state schools.But state Sen. Dean Florez, D-Bakersfield, chair ...
Apr 6, 2005, 11:06 am - Lottery News forum

Court: Ex-Husband Can Share Lottery Jackpot
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Monday that the ex-husband of a $7 million lottery winner deserves to share her fortune.The high court's 5-0 ruling upheld a lower court order that Pamela Noyes-Dombrowski pay Eugene M. Dombrowski alimony after the dissolution of their nearly 14-year marriage.In 1992, after years of spending a few dollars each week playing the lottery, despite opposition from her husband, Noyes-Dombrowski hit the jackpot for $7 million. She opted to receive the winnings in ann ...
Mar 22, 2005, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum

Elderly man, claiming he was cheated of lottery prize, wins settlement
An elderly man who claims he was swindled out of a winning lottery ticket has won a court settlement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.But under the terms of the agreement, Bob Edmonds isn't allowed to discuss the details. Edmonds spent years fighting the lawsuit against the OLGC, alleging he was robbed of the $250,000 he won with an Encore ticket, validated at Coby Variety in July 2001.He had already settled a suit with Phyllis and Scott LaPlante - the prize claimants and owners of the C ...
Mar 18, 2005, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum

NY Lottery continues Quick Draw investigation
The New York State Lottery isn't tipping its hand about its ongoing Quick Draw investigation.Lottery spokeswoman Jennifer Mauer told NewsWatch50 the investigation is still underway and there is no timetable for completion.Two Watertown taverns - The Speak Easy and Keglers - had their Quick Draw games suspended while the investigation is underway. Same for a couple of Quick Draw vendors in the downstate region which Mauer refused to identify.The investigation was sparked by a series of Watertown ...
Mar 10, 2005, 11:12 am - Lottery News forum

Colorado Lottery employees accused of taking gifts won't face charges
The Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office will not file charges against Colorado Division of Lottery employees accused of improperly accepting gifts from vendors between 1999 and 2003.The decision following an investigation was revealed in a 21-page report issued by former District Attorney Jim Peters on Jan. 10 and obtained Tuesday by Denver's KCNC-Channel 4.The report focused on several lottery commissioners and employees, including former director Mark Zamarripa who resigned in November ...
Mar 10, 2005, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum