Prosecution rests in Hot Lotto trial
The defense began calling witnesses Thursday morning in the trial against a former lottery vendor employee accused of rigging a Hot Lotto drawing to win a $14.3 million ticket.
Eddie Tipton, 52, is being tried on two counts of fraud. Tipton has been accused of purchasing the winning ticket at a Des Moines QuikTrip on Dec. 23, 2010. In his former position as the information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, Tipton was barred by Iowa law from buying a lottery ticket.
Jul 16, 2015, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket thief gets prison term shortened
An appeals court shortened the prison term for lottery-ticket thief Andy Ashkar by at least three-and-a-half years, reducing a sentence imposed by a judge because it was unduly harsh and severe.
In a decision filed on Friday, the Supreme Court Appellate Division's Fourth Judicial Department shortened Ashkar's total sentence to between five and 15 years, the amount requested by Assistant District Attorney Beth Van Doren in 2013.
Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph E. Fahey, offended by the ...
Jul 14, 2015, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Australian lottery winner accused of hiding win reaches deal with pool members
A group of people who sued a Melbourne, Australia, co-worker after he allegedly failed to distribute the winnings of a AU$16.6 million (US$12.3 million) lottery pool ticket have reportedly struck a deal with him.
However that deal may not include an agreement to share the jackpot with the members of his lotto pool.
The Geelong man is accused of keeping the big win to himself, cheating the other members of the pool out of their share of the $16.6 million group draw last October.
A Curren ...
Jul 13, 2015, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
Inside the biggest lottery scam ever
Former MUSL employee denies rigging Hot Lotto drawing
It was two days before Christmas in 2010 and Eddie Tipton had a $16.5 million lottery winner in his pocket.
Sporting a hooded jacket, the stocky 47-year-old approached a silver-haired clerk at the counter of an Iowa-based Quik Trip market at around 3:30 p.m., stacking on the counter $3.17 worth of hot dogs, a fountain soda and two tickets.
But Tipton didn't need Lady Luck. The Quik Trip purchase was phase two of a crafty plan to take ...
Jul 7, 2015, 1:03 pm - Lottery News forum
$136M Powerball winner sued for 'dooring' cyclist
Anthony Perosi Jr. wasn't the only one who got lucky when he scored a $136 million Powerball win so did a bicyclist who got doored by his pickup.
The Staten Island plumber is being sued by Kieran Del Pasqua, who says he was sent flying when Perosi opened the door of his Ford F150 in a bike lane in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The 40-year-old Internet exec had no chance to stop in the May 27 accident and slammed into the door, his Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit says.
He required surgery and now ...
Jun 22, 2015, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery to release salaries
The Wyoming Lottery board voted 8-1 at a special meeting Monday to release salary information for board members and employees.
Lottery CEO Jon Clontz said he will distribute the salary information Tuesday.
After the salary issue was decided, the board passed a provisional budget for the upcoming fiscal year with $27 million in projected revenues but didn't have copies of the projections for the public to view.
Since April, local media and lotto officials have disagreed on whether the sa ...
Jun 16, 2015, 12:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Extradition trial begins this week in $16.5M Hot Lotto fraud case
Legal wheels turning after rigged Hot Lotto drawing uncovered
After months of investigation and legal wrangling, legal actions against two men accused of rigging a multi-state Hot Lotto computerized drawing are proceeding.
When Sugar Land, Texas, resident Robert C. Rhodes endorsed Eddie Tipton on the professional networking website LinkedIn, he deemed his friend and former business partner as someone very focused on the bottom line and someone he would work with again in a second.
Jun 7, 2015, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Supreme Court orders new trial in $1M lottery dispute
Howard Browning is a guy who does not give up.
In 2008, he sued his live-in sweetheart, a Seminole County schoolteacher, after she refused to give him half of the $1 million lottery jackpot she won.
They had a deal, he insisted, although it was unwritten: If he won the lottery, he'd give her half and if she won, she'd give him half.
A judge in Sanford threw out his case in 2012 after a jury had begun to hear evidence, and an appeals court later agreed. But on Thursday, the Florida Supre ...
May 29, 2015, 11:18 am - Lottery News forum
Sick mother accuses daughter of stealing $1 million lottery prize
A dollar and a dream has turned into a $1 million legal nightmare with a Brooklyn, New York, woman accusing her daughter of running off with her jackpot.
In papers filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Barbara Quiles says her daughter, Linza Ford, has absconded with her winnings.
It's heartbreaking what she's done, Quiles, 51, said Tuesday night. God is on my side. God doesn't like ugly and this is ugly.
The mother says she suffers from lupus, bulging discs, spinal stenosis and has had two ...
May 27, 2015, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
Austrailian lottery pool members believe co-worker kept $16.6m jackpot to himself
Members of a Victoria, Australia, lottery pool are taking Tattersalls Sweeps to court, alleging a former colleague kept a $16.6 million lottery win to himself.
The members want the Victorian Supreme Court to order Tatts to provide the name of the winner of Austrailian Powerball jackpot draw 961 in October last year, who they believe to be their colleague, and how the ticket was bought.
The syndicate, a group of 14 Geelong workers, believe the man was one of three winners of a $50 million d ...
May 26, 2015, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum