California lottery retailers investigated for massive prize claims
Are California Lottery retailers beating the odds, or is there something more going on?
A local media investigation found some store owners cashing in winning lottery tickets at surprising rates.
It's one of the winningest lottery stores in the Bay Area: Dolce Espresso in San Jose has reported 212 winning tickets worth $600 or more in the past decade. The luckiest winner is owner Minh Nguyen. He's claimed 87 of them.
At the Jelly Donut in Daly City, owner Frank Huynh claimed 15 winning ...
Oct 31, 2014, 1:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery still hunting mystery Hot Lotto winner [video]
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Iowa investigators are asking the public for help in identifying the person who bought a lottery ticket worth $14.3 million that spawned a bizarre, two-year fraud investigation.
Investigators want to learn the identity of a white man wearing a hooded sweatshirt who purchased the lottery ticket at a QuikTrip near Interstate Highway 80 on Dec. 23, 2010, said Dave Jobes, an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assistant director, during a news conference Thursday. The ...
Oct 10, 2014, 8:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Poker star Phil Ivey loses casino case in Britain
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Imagine you go to a casino to play blackjack. You find a table, sit down and buy some chips. Gambling has few barriers to entry.
After awhile, you notice: For some reason, all of the cards higher than 9 are marked. Because of some slight imperfection in the deck, you can tell whether a card is an ace, king, queen, jack or ten before it's turned over. Because of a manufacturer's mistake, you have a huge advantage over the house. And the dealer doesn't notice.
You de ...
Oct 9, 2014, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaican DJ to plead guilty in lottery scam
A prominent Jamaican disc jockey charged for his role in a lottery scam targeting older people in the Dakotas and elsewhere is scheduled to plead guilty.
Deon-ville O'Hara, also known as ZJ Wah Wa, is among 26 people who were indicted by a federal grand jury in North Dakota, where the investigation is centered. He is charged with three counts, including conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering.
A plea agreement filed last month calls for O'Hara to plead guilty to conspiracy, which carr ...
Oct 8, 2014, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Supermarket chain accused of allowing lottery sales to minors
Children hoping to buy lottery tickets from vending machines may soon find it more difficult.
Northeastern University's Public Health Advocacy Institute is demanding that Star Market remove scratch lottery ticket vending machines from its Massachusetts stores after, PHAI claims, a 14-year-old was able to purchase tickets from two stores.
According to NECN, PHAI sent a letter to the company stating that a 14-year-old boy was able to purchase tickets at Star Market locations on Beacon Street ...
Oct 2, 2014, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Cottage industry helps lottery winners dodge taxes
With few rules or law enforcement to stop it, a cottage industry has popped up to help lottery winners avoid taxes, child support, and other debts, potentially costing the state and federal governments millions in lost revenue.
Enterprising merchants risking charges of aiding tax evasion are openly hawking losing lottery tickets on Craigslist and eBay to help winners offset the profits with phony gambling losses.
If you need the losers to write off for taxes, read one ad, since removed, f ...
Aug 7, 2014, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum
Jury rules that estranged brothers must split $1M lottery prize
Over a year of legal bickering ended Wednesday afternoon, but it appeared neither brother feuding over a jackpot lottery ticket was ready to move on and sing Kumbaya together.
After a two-day trial in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, court, a jury decided two Mechanicsburg-area brothers, Charles Thomas Meehan and Ira Sharp, would split a $1 million lottery ticket straight down the middle.
Sharp sued Meehan, his half-brother, for half of the prize he said they won together at Johnny Joe's b ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Half brothers fight over million dollar lottery ticket
Two estranged half brothers faced off on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania court in a fight over a winning million-dollar lottery ticket.
Ira Sharp claims he gave his half brother Charles Meehan $20 to buy a Hot Million instant ticket in Johnny Joe's sports bar and they agreed to split any winnings, Sharp's attorney R. Mark Thomas said in the Cumberland County Court of Pleas.
The ticket was a winner, but Meehan tried to hide it and keep all of the money, the attorney said.
The two men, who both ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:30 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ court rules against union's effort to stop state lottery privatization
A state appeals court last week ruled against a public workers union in its effort to stop New Jersey from privatizing parts of the state lottery.
Despite months of objections from Democratic lawmakers and union leaders, the state announced last June that it signed a 15-year contract for a private company, Northstar New Jersey, to manage the sales and marketing branches of the lottery. Gov. Chris Christie's administration said the move will bring New Jersey a surge in revenue.
But the Comm ...
Jul 8, 2014, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum
Woman sues TN Lottery over 'toxic' workplace, harassment
A former employee is suing the Tennessee Lottery in federal court, saying supervisors constantly sexually harassed her and then had her fired for complaining.
Former District Manager Denise Armstrong filed the suit Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, seeking her job back, back pay and an injunction against further harassment. In her suit, she names several supervisors, including current Executive Vice President of Sales Sidney Chambers, as creating a work environment hostile to women bec ...
Jul 5, 2014, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum