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Illionois lottery winner arrested on gun charges
A northwestern Illinois man who is a member of a group that says it holds a lottery ticket worth $35.7 million was arrested Thursday on federal gun trafficking and drug charges.Eric Wagner, 32, of Freeport was indicted after a six-month undercover investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and several police departments. The federal indictment charges Wagner with eight counts of selling a firearm to a felon and eight counts of illegally distributing marijuana, polic ...
May 13, 2005, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum

Embattled lottery pyramid scheme slammed by Australian court
World Games Inc. (WGI), a loosely-based international company that has been on the run from legal authorities around the world for several years, was found to be in violation of the 1974 Trade Practices Act by the Australia Full Federal Court for organizing an international lottery pyramid scheme.The court's ruling was directed at Gold Coast company Worldplay Services Pty. Ltd., a corporate entity that is tightly coupled with WGI.The decision also upheld that Greg Kennedy, the company s director ...
May 10, 2005, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum

Clash of the Lottery Titans: Scientific Games Suing Rival GTECH
Lottery and betting equipment maker Scientific Games Corp. said Monday that its subsidiary Scientific Games Royalty Corp. is suing GTECH Holdings Corp., the world's largest operator of lottery systems, for patent infringement.The lawsuit concerns the enforcement of Scientific Games' group participation multiplier patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,648,753 and 6,692,354 and GTECH's unauthorized and illegal use of same.Lorne Weil, Scientific Games' chairman and CEO, said, It is our intention to vigorous ...
May 9, 2005, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum

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