Non-jury trial expected next week for lottery-thieving brothers
Two brothers accused of attempting to claim $5 million from the state lottery office with a stolen scratch-off ticket will waive their right to a jury trial, according to attorneys.
(See NY brothers charged in plot to steal $5M New York Lottery ticket, Lottery Post, Nov. 14, 2012.)
Andy Ashkar, 34, and Nayel Ashkar, 36, will opt on Monday to have County Court Judge Joseph Fahey decide their innocence or guilt, said defense attorney Robert Tisdell.
Tisdell, who is representing Nayel Ashk ...
Apr 19, 2013, 2:57 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Democrats want Justice Department to review lottery privatization plan
Unhappy with the state's decision to push ahead with its plan to partially privatize the New Jersey Lottery, a group of Garden State lawmakers have decided to make a federal case of the conflict. On Wednesday, half of New Jersey's congressional delegation asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the administration's scheme to see if it complies with federal law.
The six Democratic congressmen cosigned a letter to Holder, asking him to determine whether the $120 million payment the st ...
Apr 18, 2013, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum
$338M NJ Powerball winner pays child support owed
The New Jersey deli owner who won the $338 million Powerball jackpot last week sliced off a piece of his prize to pay nearly $30,000 in back child support yesterday.
Pedro Quezada, 44, appeared in Passaic County Family Court in Paterson, NJ, and cut a certified check for the payments, rounding the total up from the $29,490 he owed dating to 2009.
The jackpot's sole winner has five children ages 5 to 23. Three are minors, his attorney said.
In court, the newly minted multimillionaire sai ...
Apr 2, 2013, 4:04 pm - Lottery News forum
California family's fight over $51 million lottery jackpot is over
A year after winning the big $51 million Mega Millions jackpot, Bakersfield resident Etta May Urquhart took her son to court saying he commandeered the money and went on a spending spree.
(See Woman accuses son of taking $51 million lottery ticket, Lottery Post, May 6, 2012.)
Well, that lawsuit has now been quietly dismissed following a settlement agreement.
I checked it twice before I went outside because I couldn't believe it, Urquhart told 17 News in May 2011.
Grinning from ear t ...
Mar 28, 2013, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Gov. expected to resubmit lottery deal
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett plans to ask Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office to reverse its rejection of a contract with a British firm to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery, a top lawmaker said Tuesday.
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said administration officials told him Monday that they are making changes in the contract with London-based Camelot Global Services that Kane rejected last month over concerns that parts of it contravene the state constitution or ...
Mar 15, 2013, 2:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge won't give bakery workers partial lottery prize
A Cook County, Illinois, judge on Thursday refused to award a partial payout of a $118 million Mega Millions prize won by employees of a Chicago Heights-based bakery.
Twelve employees of the Pita Pan Bakery, 401 E. Joe Orr Road in Chicago Heights, who have taken to calling themselves the Dirty Dozen, have possession of the winning ticket from a May 4 drawing that won them the record-high prize.
But another seven employees of the bakery have filed assorted lawsuits in Cook County Circuit Co ...
Mar 1, 2013, 6:08 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. Gov. Christie signs online gambling bill
Internet gambling scores its biggest win
New Jersey on Tuesday became the biggest state yet to allow regulated online gambling, establishing a template that proponents hope other states will follow for a business that federal authorities long treated as a criminal enterprise.
The new law allows Atlantic City's casinos to run websites that take bets on games such as blackjack, slots and poker. It also could help legitimize online-gambling companies whose executives the U.S. Justice Departme ...
Feb 26, 2013, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Hair stylists spar over $9.5M Hoosier Lotto jackpot
There is a developing prize fight over a $9.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot.
An Indianapolis, Indiana, hair stylist says she won it all, but her co-workers say they pooled their money to buy the winning ticket, and they should split it. Now that jackpot is frozen until further notice.
Eight stylists from an east side hair salon were feeling lucky when they chipped in on a work pool last week. One of those stylists bought the tickets for the group and then tickets for herself. When those wi ...
Feb 22, 2013, 4:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Camelot, Pa. Gov. extend contract expiration date
High-stakes brinksmanship on display in struggle for control
By Todd Northrop
The Corbett administration's embattled deal with a British firm to run the Pennsylvania Lottery will remain alive at least for another three weeks.
Administration officials announced Friday that Camelot Global Services has agreed to keep its bid valid through March 18th. The bid by Camelot Global Services would have expired at noon today.
The extension was necessary because state Attorney General Kathleen K ...
Feb 22, 2013, 2:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. Gov. may challenge lottery privatization rejection
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to say as soon as Friday whether he will challenge Attorney General Kathleen Kane's rejection of his plan to privatize the state lottery.
If he does, Corbett likely will file his challenge directly with the state Supreme Court, said Duquesne University law professor Bruce Ledewitz. Ledewitz said the case raises questions that Pennsylvania courts have never addressed before.
There's no smoking gun, Ledewitz said. The attorney general's opinion in t ...
Feb 22, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum