Federal authorities investigating illegal NJ 'lottery' pool, sources say
Multiple people, including one county employee, have been called to testify in a federal probe into an alleged illegal lottery contest that hundreds of Hudson County employees pay a $20 fee to enter, multiple sources told The Jersey Journal.
The feds are looking into whether the organizers of the game, based on numbers drawn in the state lottery's official Pick 6, are taking a cut of the total pool money.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark did not return a call for commen ...
Jul 25, 2019, 7:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery losers could get paid after lottery scam lawsuit settles for $4.3 million
A class-action lawsuit to benefit potentially millions of owners of losing tickets linked to the largest lottery scam in U.S. history has been settled for $4.3 million, according to a statement sent by an attorney in the case.
The settlement will refund the cost of tickets purchased in nine specific drawings dates for games sold in 33 states, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., between Nov. 23, 2005 and May 23, 2013. A settlement website will be set up to assist people who s ...
Jul 22, 2019, 6:43 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery quiet as uncomfortable allegations pile up
For a moment it looked like some meaningful information might be released to the public this week about the latest upheaval at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. (CLC) this time in the form of an order Monday that lottery Vice President Chelsea Turner be placed on an indefinite leave, six days after disclosing in sworn testimony that she contacted the FBI in about 2014 with suspicions of wrongdoing by a superior.
But it hasn't turned out that way.
The CLC's board of directors scheduled a specia ...
Jul 19, 2019, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Police officer sent to rehab for playing scratch-off lottery tickets on duty, lawsuit claims
A police officer in Wayne, New Jersey, has filed a lawsuit against the department alleging the police chief and other officials sent him to in-patient rehabilitation for a reported gambling addiction when an anonymous caller complained he played scratch-off lottery tickets while in uniform.
In the wide-ranging suit alleging years of corruption within the department, Corporal Rick Vanderclock claims the caller told his supervisors that Vanderclock was gambling while on duty by and through his ...
Jul 17, 2019, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
Key player in Jamaican lottery scam sentenced to 4 years
A federal judge in North Dakota on Wednesday sentenced a Rhode Island woman to four years in prison for funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica, prompting a prosecutor to question the ruling.
Melinda Bulgin, 29, of Providence, received a sentence that was 10 years less than prosecutors had sought.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said Bulgin's role in the scam was not on the level of others who received lesser sentences than the 14 years requested by prosecutors, The Bi ...
Jul 12, 2019, 8:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Details emerge about CT Lottery CEO secretly recording board chairman in 2014
More 'dirty laundry' revealed by botched raffle draw investigation
Connecticut Lottery Corp. Vice President Chelsea Turner testified Tuesday that around 2014, she and then-lottery CEO Anne Noble had such suspicions about Frank Farricker, then chairman of the lottery's governing board, that she contacted an agent she knew in the FBI which then had Noble record Farricker secretly in at least one meeting.
The small recording device was concealed inside an eyeglass case, Turner testified under ...
Jul 12, 2019, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
California man charged with stealing roommate's $10 million lottery ticket released from custody
A 35-year-old Vacaville, California, man who police say stole his roommate's lottery ticket worth $10 million late last year has been released from custody.
Court and Solano County Jail records on Friday indicated only that Adul Saosongyang had been relegated to a local commitment under the state Penal Code, but the status of his case remains unclear.
Judge Carlos R. Gutierrez had scheduled a jury trial for 9 a.m. June 26 but clerks with the Solano County Sheriff's Office told The Reporter ...
Jul 8, 2019, 6:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Court rejects Colorado man's claim to full $4.8M lottery jackpot he unwittingly split with scammers
Even though Amir Massihzadeh of Boulder, Colorado, was the only legitimate winner of a Colorado Lotto jackpot worth $4.8 million in 2005, he's not eligible to claim the full winnings, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in a decision released Thursday.
Massihzadeh, one of three ticket holders to win that jackpot, accepted his prize of $568,990, after taxes. But 10 years later, a criminal investigation exposed a scheme to rig lotteries across state lines, and officials determined the other two ...
Jun 21, 2019, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Man who won millions from lottery during divorce case must share
A suburban Detroit man who was in the middle of a divorce when he won more than $30 million must share the lottery windfall with his ex-wife.
The Michigan appeals court says a marriage isn't over until it's over. It means Mary Beth Zelasko can keep $15 million awarded by an arbitrator, although she and Rich Zelasko had been separated for two years when he bought the Mega Millions ticket in 2013. Their divorce wasn't final until 2018.
In a court filing, an attorney for Rich Zelasko said, Ri ...
Jun 20, 2019, 7:14 am - Lottery News forum
Judge bars woman's ex-girlfriend from claiming big-win NC lottery ticket as her own
A judge has barred the ex-girlfriend of a Charlotte area woman from cashing in on the woman's big lottery ticket win.
Jasmine Watkins said in a lawsuit that she won $25,000 a year for life with a Lucky for Life ticket she bought in May. But on the day she intended to collect her winnings at the NC Education Lottery office in Raleigh, her ex-girlfriend drove without her and with the winning ticket and claimed she won the prize, the lawsuit said.
On Thursday, Judge Karen Eady-Williams issued ...
Jun 14, 2019, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum