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Promotional Game Ruled Illegal
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that a promotional game that offers up to a $250 cash prize is a form of lottery that is illegal in the state.The Appeals Court upheld a lower court ruling that determined the game, sponsored by Minnesota Souvenir Milkcaps, is really a lottery because customers pay for the chance to win a cash prize -- not for any tangible good.It's a misdemeanor to conduct a lottery in Minnesota.Attorney General Mike Hatch sued Minnesota Souvenir Milkcaps, and a R ...
Oct 13, 2004, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum

Settlement reached in Mass. scratch ticket dispute
After two years of squabbling over the ownership of a $4 million winning scratch ticket, the litigants embroiled in a lawsuit agreed to a settlement in an effort to avoid another civil trial.Julie Prive, a former clerk at an East Falmouth Tedeschi's convenience store, was sued by two customers, Raymond MacDonald and Monica Hertz, after she cashed in the scratch ticket in 2002.MacDonald, 65, and Hertz each claim they bought and scratched the winning ticket at the store, then gave it to Prive beli ...
Oct 8, 2004, 10:22 am - Lottery News forum

Powerball lottery winnings to help pay bail
Millionaire hit with bail hike after violating conditions of releaseLottery millionaire Victoria Zell got her money from Powerball, but now she's using a major chunk of it for powerbail. On Monday, Zell was ordered to post $1 million in bail in connection with a drunken driving case involving a July crash that killed one of her passengers and paralyzed another. Zell's attorney said Zell has the cash assets available to cover it.The money is coming from Zell's share of a $29.4 million Powerball ...
Sep 14, 2004, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum

Tennessee Lottery officials respond to lawsuit
The Tennessee Attorney General's office says a Fayetteville man can't sue the lottery on grounds he could have won a million dollars.The state also claims in its motion filed last week that the lawsuit by Dennis Perry was filed in the wrong county and any damages would be purely speculative. Perry won 10 thousand dollars in the lottery's first one million dollar drawing on June 26th.He sued after the lottery failed to follow the rules it set for the drawing. He claims that it eliminated the ran ...
Sep 7, 2004, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum

Third suit filed against Powerball lottery winner
Equine Protection of North America director Ron Levesque has become the third party to file suit against the groups co-founder and Powerball lottery winner Mary Ellen Sanderson.Cherokee Lane resident Ronald Levesque, who helped found the nonprofit horse rescue dubbed EPONA with Sanderson in 1999, charges that she failed to honor a 25-year employment contract granting him $75,000 per year as payment for his services as the manager of Dungarvin Farm, which is owned by Sanderson. In 1997, Sanderson ...
Sep 3, 2004, 8:41 am - Lottery News forum

Florida Man Accused Of Stealing Lottery Winnings
After Jean Delouche won millions from the Florida Lottery, he turned to Claude St. Jean for financial advice.St. Jean, a former MetLife salesman from Tampa, is accused of stealing more than $375,000 from brokerage and other accounts Delouche established with MetLife, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court.St. Jean, of 14919 Redcliff Drive, is charged with using the mail to defraud. It is not clear how Delouche met St. Jean.According to the complaint filed by Postal Inspector Kacy ...
Aug 26, 2004, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum

Animal group sues Powerball lottery winners
Sybil Erdens dreams of creating a world-class bird sanctuary to help her feathered friends has turned into a nightmare.The Arizona bird lover, who rescues exotic birds, blames Jason and Mary Sanderson for the financial troubles now plaguing The Oasis Sanctuary - a bird refuge in Cascabel, Ariz., that the Epping couple helped build with a portion of their $66 million Powerball jackpot, but have now stopped funding. Were operating this facility on a shoestring, lamented Erden, who runs the sanctu ...
Aug 25, 2004, 9:16 am - Lottery News forum

All or nothing: Lottery player rejects $1.7M lost-ticket offer
A gutsy Cape Cod retiree coolly bet a bundle on Lady Luck yesterday, rejecting a sure $1.7 million share of a discarded Lottery ticket in a high-stakes bid to win it all.Raymond MacDonald turned down an offer to split the remainder of a $4 million scratch ticket he claims he bought but mistakenly gave to the convenience store clerk to enter in another drawing.Instead, Julie Prive cashed in.In a last-ditch effort to avoid a second civil trial, the former Tedeschi's store clerk made an offer that ...
Aug 25, 2004, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum

Man wins share of ex's lotto prize
A Newfoundland man has won a legal battle with his former live-in lover for half of what's left of a $700,000 lottery prize.A Newfoundland judge ruled this week that Susan Devereaux, who bought the winning ticket when she was engaged to James Everard in 1999, owes him half the remaining money. There was clear evidence of a common intention to share the funds, Justice Alphonsus Faour said in his ruling.Lawyer Owen Myers, who represented Everard, said Faour's ruling is what they had hoped for. He ...
Aug 20, 2004, 7:00 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery Ticket Loser Says He Won't Give Up
A Cape Cod man who bought a winning $4 million scratch lottery ticket but discarded it, said he will go back to court to try reclaim the prize.A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday after jurors couldn't reach a decision.Julie Prive, the convenience store clerk who turned a discarded ticket into a fortune, walked out of court Wednesday a winner, but she may not have much time to enjoy it.Raymond MacDonald said he bought the ticket and gave it back thinking it was a loser. Out of principle, I just ...
Aug 20, 2004, 6:54 am - Lottery News forum