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Anti-lottery group sues to end Mega Millions in California
The California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking an injunction to shut down the state's two-week-old Mega Millions multistate lotto.The coalition will formally notified the California State Lottery of the action Wednesday, and then publicly announced it in a press release [see below], the group's attorneys from the Sacramento and Woodland Hills areas told Lottery Post.The coalition, represented by Sacramento-area attorney Fred Jones and Woodland Hills busines ...
Jul 8, 2005, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum

Man sues Mass. Lottery for $1 million prize mistake
The odds of hitting a Caesars Palace instant game ticket for $1 million are one in 3,024,000. But when John Falvey thought he'd beaten the odds, he discovered instead he'd been jilted by Lady Luck.Now Falvey, a Rhode Island resident formerly of Swansea, Mass., wants his day in court.He filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit this week against the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission and State Treasurer Tim Cahill seeking the $1 million he was denied because of his purported misinterpretation of how ...
Jul 1, 2005, 12:51 pm - Lottery News forum

Anti-lottery group will file lawsuit against Mega Millions in Calif.
The California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion will file a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court within two weeks seeking an injunction to shut down the state's Mega Millions multistate lotto as unconstitutional, it said Thursday.If successful in the lawsuit, it could cost the California Lottery plenty. Possible lawsuits by the other 11 states in the game, lost startup costs, a dent in the lottery's sales-fostering integrity and other fallout could total tens of millions of dollars.Adopting ...
Jun 24, 2005, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum

CA Lottery spars with legislator over Mega Millions legality
California lottery officials told a Senate committee Tuesday that they had the power to join the multistate Mega Millions lotto game even though the authorization wasn't spelled out in the 1984 initiative that set up the lottery.The Legislature's attorneys disagreed, and a key lawmaker said he would introduce legislation that would allow California to participate in Mega Millions but require the other 11 states to pay the bulk of administrative costs.Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, said the legisla ...
Jun 22, 2005, 7:54 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery numbers company ordered to refund customers
A Buffalo, New York, company that claims to sell booklets of winning lottery numbers must make full refunds to any Iowa consumer who requests a refund, and the company has been permanently prohibited from selling any goods or services in Iowa.Multi-Plays of America, Inc., makes phone pitches that they are producing winning numbers in different lotteries across the country every month. According to a telephone script, Multi-Plays tells consumers, We cycle in our scientific formula, and that ...
Jun 20, 2005, 4:39 pm - Lottery News forum

Democrats trying to ruin Calif. Mega Millions lottery participation
Democrat lawmakers in California will convene an emergency hearing on what their attorneys call Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's illegal linking of California with the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game.Republicans say this is the latest Democrat obstruction, as the Governor continues his bid to rescue California from its fiscal and electoral problems.National and state anti-gambling groups said they would delay filing a lawsuit against Schwarzenegger's deficit-easing entrance into Me ...
Jun 17, 2005, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum

Lawyer thinks Calif. participation in Mega Millions is illegal
According to one legislative lawyer, California's much-heralded entrance into the 11-state Mega Millions lottery may be illegal, even as outlets around the state prepare for the debut of the popular game.Lottery Director Chon Gutierrez was told by legal advisers when California joined Mega Millions that the move to revitalize the state's languishing lottery was legal because it advanced the education-benefiting cause of the voter-approved Lottery Act of 1984.Around the state, locations for buyin ...
Jun 15, 2005, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum

Pair will testify against former Hoosier Lottery official
Two men linked to a scandal at the Hoosier Lottery have agreed to testify against a former security officer accused of rigging a $1 million scratch-off game.According to the terms of guilty-plea agreements filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court, Chad R. Adkins and Daniel J. Foltz will admit to theft and testify against William C. Foreman, the former lottery official charged with telling them where to buy a winning ticket. This type of insider trading could devastate the public's confidence in th ...
Jun 1, 2005, 9:06 pm - Lottery News forum

Clerk enters plea in Mass. lottery-ticket case
A North Andover, Massachusetts convenience store clerk pleaded innocent Wednesday to cashing in a customer s winning lottery ticket. Prosecutors say Patrick Simboli told customer Elizabeth Geladeres of Raymond, N.H., that she d won $2 on a Cash Winfall ticket purchased at his store May 9. In fact, the ticket was worth $32,000, after taxes.Police say he kept the ticket and claimed the prize. The Massachusetts Lottery Commission has confirmed that Simboli cashed in the winning ticket.He was arra ...
May 26, 2005, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum

$100,000 lottery ticket claim goes to court
An administrative law judge is considering the claim by two Indiana men that they are the rightful owners of a $100,000 lottery ticket that was tossed in the trash.Judge Gregg Henry said he would rule within two months after hearing 6 1/2 hours of testimony Wednesday. Ownership of the ticket has been in dispute as it was put into a trash can at the Chaperral Cafe in Shelbyville, Indiana on Feb. 8 after a clerk told Ron Douglas and Ron Vinson that the $5 ticket was not the $40 winner they were ho ...
May 13, 2005, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum