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Facing Fraud Trial, Mayor Wins Lottery
The mayor of the small town of Dawson, Georgia won $500,000 in the Georgia Lottery a month before his trial on charges of insurance fraud and forgery. Mayor Robert Albritten went to Atlanta on Monday and picked up his prize, worth about $300,000 after taxes, said lottery spokesman J.B. Landroche.Albritten is scheduled to go on trial next month on 19 counts. The owner of a funeral home, he allegedly sold life insurance to elderly nursing home residents, many of whom may not have realized what the ...
Aug 7, 2003, 3:59 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery theft suspects get only a ticket to jail
With more than 70 court appearances in his 25 years on Earth, you'd think that William Michael Lomas would have figured out that he's not all that good at getting away with anything. Maybe it's just bad luck he keeps getting caught. Either way, he might have decided to take luck into his own hands when he allegedly broke into the South Wellfleet General Store May 11 with two other men and took the cash register and 24 books of lottery scratch tickets, with as many as 200 tickets in each book.Pol ...
Aug 6, 2003, 5:45 am - Lottery News forum

BMW shopping causes stir at $25M lottery trial
A $63,000 BMW and a mob informant's claim provided some surprising twists and turns Tuesday to a trial over who owns a $25 million lottery ticket.What became a particularly contentious proceeding virtually overshadowed the testimony of an Englewood couple who adamantly denied that they conspired with a third man to swipe the winning ticket from a group of hospital workers.At one point, state Superior Court Judge Marguerite Simon questioned whether the lab workers' attorney, Sheldon Liebowitz, wa ...
Aug 6, 2003, 5:39 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winners say they feared for their safety
Teri and Cornell Davis were so nervous that someone was going to snatch their winning New Jersey Lottery ticket that they hired two armed off-duty police officers to drive them to the lottery office in Trenton to claim their prize. I really thought we were getting our money that day, Teri Davis testified yesterday before state Superior Court Judge Marguerite Simon, sitting in Bergen County, adding that she and her husband had already started receiving threats about the money.But instead of gett ...
Aug 6, 2003, 5:37 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery defendant: I'm angry
Suspicious co-workers are wrong, he testifiesFor three days, Jamal Townes listened quietly as his co-workers at Englewood Hospital accused him of being a modern-day Judas for allegedly hiding a $25 million winning lottery ticket from their office pool.Yesterday, the 27-year-old X-ray technician got the chance to respond. I felt attacked, I felt betrayed, angry, Townes, of Englewood, testified in Superior Court in Hackensack, recalling the moment he realized his colleagues had become suspicious ...
Aug 5, 2003, 5:16 am - Lottery News forum

Canadians Face Lottery Fraud Charges
Seven Canadians face criminal charges that they ran a phony lottery scheme that sought to defraud consumers in the United States using telemarketing, the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston said Friday. According to the U.S. Attorney's office and the FBI, the seven defendants, operating from Montreal, called U.S. consumers and identified themselves as representatives of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board. Victims were told they had won a lottery prize, often a multimillion-dollar award up to $25 ...
Aug 4, 2003, 7:55 am - Lottery News forum

Naples woman sues ex-husband for greater share of lottery winnings
Naples residents Helene and Marcel Imbert were the envy of residents across Florida 13 years ago.The numbers 3-33-34-40-43-47 landed the lucky couple nearly $12 million in Florida lottery winnings in 1990, propelling them onto the front pages of newspapers statewide.They looked happy, but restrained in the Associated Press photograph taken as they claimed their proceeds in Tallahassee.Marcel, 50, held their 2-year-old son. Helene, 24, stood an arm's length away.The uncomfortable distance between ...
Aug 3, 2003, 1:16 pm - Lottery News forum

Harless to refile lottery lawsuit
Jackson County, West Virginia lawyer Larry Harless said Thursday he has sent letters to the state Lottery Commission and attorney general, giving them 30 days notice of his intent to refile a lawsuit challenging the legality of state-run video lottery.Harless filed a similar lawsuit in June on behalf of anti-gambling groups in Cabell and Greenbrier counties, but it was dismissed on a technicality because he had failed to give the state agencies 30 days advance notice of his intent to sue, as req ...
Aug 1, 2003, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Lawsuit Over $25M Lottery Ticket
A judge Wednesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a group of Englewood hospital workers who claim they were cheated out of a $25 million lottery prize. Superior Court Judge Marguerite Simon said even though the workers have not established any direct proof that they were wronged, there was enough circumstantial evidence to continue the case. The 20 workers claim a colleague, Jamal Townes, bought the ticket with money from an office lottery pool but gave it to Teri and Cornell Davis of Englewood, ...
Jul 31, 2003, 4:31 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery official testifies couple won $25M
A top New Jersey Lottery official testified yesterday that his own investigation into a disputed $25 million prize found that the winning ticket belongs to an Englewood couple now at the center of a legal battle over the money.At the same time, Raymond Ryan, the lottery's deputy director for security and licensing, said he could not substantiate a claim by 20 Englewood Hospital workers that the ticket was really theirs.The workers have filed a lawsuit in which they claim their office lottery poo ...
Jul 30, 2003, 3:54 am - Lottery News forum