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Record Powerball Winner Sued for Sex-Related Assault
A female worker at Tri-State Racetrack Gaming has accused Jack Whittaker, the winner of the largest single lottery jackpot in history, of assault and battery.Charity D. Fortner, a floor attendant at the Nitro track, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Whittaker, alleging he forced her head toward his pants while he gambled at the track in March 2003.Fortner alleged Whittaker, who hit the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas 2002, was gambling at the track with a female friend when the inc ...
Mar 11, 2004, 5:29 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery scammer gets 18 months
A native of Russia was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday in federal court in Chicago for taking part in a telemarketing scam that cheated mostly elderly victims in the United States and Canada.Typically, victims were led to believe they had won a large cash prize but first had to send money to cover duty costs, taxes or liens.One 81-year-old woman from Aurora, repeatedly hit up for more and more money, dventually lost more than $200,000 in the scheme, authorities said.In pleading guilty ...
Mar 11, 2004, 5:20 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery player comes up a loser in supreme court
A lottery player whose interpretation of the term wild card gave rise to his claim that he had a $20,000 winning ticket got little sympathy in Maine's highest court.The Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday denied Larry Moody's appeal, saying his interpretation would make every Wild Card Cash ticket a winner.Moody claimed the prize in the instant lottery game, even though none of the six scratch boxes showed a hand with a winning pair. When he scratched a separate box labeled wild card, the fi ...
Feb 27, 2004, 4:19 am - Lottery News forum

Two former workers win suit against Kentucky lottery
A Jefferson Circuit Court jury has awarded $2.8 million to two former Kentucky Lottery employees who claimed they endured racial discrimination on the job.Penny Diamond, the plaintiffs' attorney, said Ursella Riles and James Maddox claimed they were excluded from meetings and subjected to racial harassment while working in the lottery's marketing department.The jury returned the verdict Monday night after a two-week trial.Maddox was awarded $1.5million and Riles $1.3million.In a statement, the K ...
Feb 18, 2004, 5:21 am - Lottery News forum

Judge awards excluded worker $1 million share of Big Game jackpot
A New Jersey Superior Court Judge ruled that a supermarket employee who thought she was included in a ticket-buying pool even though she couldn't immediately pay is entitled to share in a $32.9 million Big Game lottery jackpot.In a non-jury trial, Judge Mitchel Ostrer ruled Wednesday that Mary Marinelli, 49, of Dover Township is entitled to one-34th of the money won by employees of the Pathmark supermarket in Brick Township.David Mazie, the woman's attorney, said her share will be about $1 milli ...
Feb 13, 2004, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum

Woman Who Claimed Mega Millions Jackpot Changes Plea
The woman who gained national attention when she said she lost a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket has changed her mind about her legal case. Elecia Battle, 40, changed her plea from no contest to not guilty.Battle is charged with filing a false police report saying she purchased the winning ticket and then lost it in the parking lot of the convenience store. Her story was shot down when the real winner, Rebecca Jemison, came forward.A judge has granted the change in her plea. Battle also ask ...
Feb 13, 2004, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum

Tennessee Lottery wastes $1M on needless legal activities
The Tennessee Lottery has incurred out-of-control legal expenses that stem from needless and insignficant legal activities, according to recent reportsThe state lottery became embroiled in more controversy yesterday with the disclosure that the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp., which oversees all lottery operations, has been billed for more than $1 million in legal fees since it began work last August.Lottery CEO Rebecca Paul told the legislature's Lottery Oversight Committee that the corporati ...
Feb 12, 2004, 6:54 am - Lottery News forum

Rightful owner of Powerball ticket finally gets $100,000 prize
A Morgan City, Louisiana man whose $100,000 Powerball ticket was allegedly stolen finally got his money on Tuesday.Charles Stone, 33, received the check at the Louisiana Lottery's Metairie office, eight days after state troopers arrested three people for allegedly altering the ticket and trying to claim the cash for themselves. A fourth suspect was arrested Jan. 29. I feel very lucky, said Stone, adding that he plans to invest some, spend some of his winnings.Stone bought the ticket at a Hou ...
Feb 4, 2004, 5:20 am - Lottery News forum

Store Clerk Pleads 'Not Guilty' In Lottery Ticket Theft Case
A convenience store clerk who allegedly stole a woman's $20,000 lottery ticket is denying the charge.Antoine Reiche pleaded not guilty Monday at his arraignment on a charge of larceny over $250.On Jan. 19, Erika Schmitt, 18, told police that she bought a $2 lottery ticket from the Westboro convenience store where Reiche worked, scratched off 10 stars and discovered she was the jackpot winner.When she tried to redeem it, Reiche allegedly grabbed the ticket and told her she had scratched off only ...
Feb 3, 2004, 5:42 am - Lottery News forum

Powerball Record-Holder Arrested for Drunk Driving
The man who won the largest single lottery jackpot in U.S. history is in trouble again.Jack Whittaker, who hit the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas 2002, was charged Sunday with drunk driving - just weeks after being charged with trying to assault a bar manager.Whittaker said he was on his way Sunday afternoon to Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming when he pulled off of Interstate 64 because of the treacherous weather. I'm nowhere near intoxicated, Whittaker told a local television stat ...
Jan 26, 2004, 12:18 am - Lottery News forum