NY man gets maximum sentence for stolen $5M lottery ticket
A former auto dealership manager convicted of possessing an apartment complex maintenance worker's winning $5 million New York lottery ticket was sentenced Tuesday to up to 25 years in prison by a judge who cited his rapacious greed.
The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office said Andy Ashkar, 35, of Camillus, was sentenced Tuesday morning to the maximum sentence of 8 years, 4 months to 25 years for having the ticket that was stolen from his parents' convenience store in Syracuse in Octo ...
Jul 23, 2013, 5:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning lottery ticket pits Pa. brothers against each other
Sometimes, a stack of lottery cash is thicker than blood.
And two Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, brothers learned that the hard way.
A winning lottery ticket has pitted Ira Sharp, and his half-brother, Charles Thomas Meehan, against each other in Cumberland County Court, fracturing a close familial kinship that may never exist again.
The saga began at Johnny Joe's Sports Bar Grill in Hampden Township in late May, when Sharp and Meehan were knocking back a few drinks, and ...
Jun 26, 2013, 11:46 am - Lottery News forum
High court dismisses Arkansas lottery name lawsuit
A businessman who said he owns trademarks to the lottery's name can't sue the Arkansas Lottery Commission, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
In a 4-3 decision, the high court reversed a lower court's decision and dismissed a lawsuit from Ed Dozier's company, Alpha Marketing, against the lottery commission. The court said the commission is a state entity entitled to sovereign immunity, which prohibits lawsuits against the state.
Because a judgment for Alpha would operate to control t ...
May 31, 2013, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery Commission wants lawsuit dismissed
The Arkansas Lottery Commission says the state Supreme Court should dismiss a lawsuit about the lottery's name.
Assistant Attorney General David Curran on Thursday asked the justices to dismiss Alpha Marketing's lawsuit after a lower court last year refused to do so.
(See Arkansas Supreme Court hears arguments in lottery trademark suit, Lottery Post, Dec. 9, 2011.)
The Lottery Commission has said it should be immune from the lawsuit, but a judge in Pulaski County ruled in 2012 that the ...
May 9, 2013, 7:53 pm - Lottery News forum
One brother convicted, one acquitted in $5M lottery trial
In a closely-watched trial in Syracuse, New York, a judge convicted one brother accused of stealing a winning $5 million lottery ticket from a convenience store customer but threw out conspiracy charges against his brother.
Andy Ashkar, 35, was found guilty by Judge Joseph Fahey of criminal possession of stolen property. He was handcuffed and taken to jail immediately following the verdict.
His brother, Nayel, who was acquitted on charges of conspiracy, was free to leave.
Prosecutors sa ...
May 1, 2013, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Ultimate Poker to become first legal, real-money online poker site in US
But you have to be physically present within the state of Nevada to play
On Tuesday, UltimatePoker.com is expected to launch what will become the country's first fully legal online poker site, with one major catch: it will be limited to those physically present within the state of Nevada.
Neither the site nor state regulators have said precisely what means they will use to determine a player's location, but Nevada state officials said previously that it would be far more extensive than sim ...
Apr 30, 2013, 3:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Decision in $5 million lottery ticket theft trial in Judge's hands
Judge Joseph Fahey said Friday he will take a few days to make his decision after closing arguments in the trial of two New York brothers accused of stealing a winning $5 million lottery ticket.
The bench trial before Judge Fahey began Monday of last week and concluded on Friday.
Robert Miles, a maintenance worker who claims he is the real winner of the $5 million, alleges that Andy Ashkar, who is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, stole the ticket from him at The Green A ...
Apr 30, 2013, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
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