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Louisiana man collects $97 million Powerball lottery jackpot
Patiently finishes four-month workload before redeeming the winning ticket After nearly four months of keeping a secret, 73-year-old Carl Hunter of Metairie claimed the $97 million Powerball jackpot from the Jan. 16 drawing at Louisiana Lottery headquarters this morning. His prize was the largest single amount won in the Louisiana Lottery's history. The owner of a construction company, Hunter wanted to make sure his outstanding jobs were complete before closing up shop to redeem his w ...
May 9, 2008, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum

N.Y. Gov. Pataki refuses to extradite gambling CEO, sends him home
A judge cleared a former executive of a British gambling company to return to London on Friday after New York's governor declined to sign a warrant extraditing him to Louisiana, where he is charged with illegal online gambling. Peter Dicks, the former chairman of Sportingbet PLC, was arrested at Kennedy International Airport on Sept. 6 after customs officials discovered that he was wanted by Louisiana state police. Offshore Internet gambling, however, is not a crime in New York, and Republ ...
Sep 29, 2006, 1:43 pm - Lottery News forum

Online gambling executive arrested on state charges
Gambling industry experts agree: If you operate an offshore gaming Web site, stay out of the U.S. Moments after stepping foot on American soil Thursday, Sportingbet PLC Chairman Peter Dicks became the second British offshore sports betting executive arrested in recent months for illegal online gambling in the U.S. Former BetOnSports PLC Chief Executive Officer David Carruthers was arrested on federal charges in July. It's still unclear if the arrest is a coincidence or part of a government ...
Sep 8, 2006, 5:47 pm - Lottery News forum

Louisiana man claims $250,000 Lotto jackpot
A man from Houma has claimed the $250,000 Louisiana Lotto jackpot from the April 27th drawing, Louisiana Lottery Corp. officials said on Tuesday.Officials said Bernabe Rivera received $175,000 after federal and state income taxes were withheld.His ticket matched all six Lotto numbers drawn, which were ten, 18, 21, 24, 30 and 32.Rivera purchased the ticket at Super Serve Number Four in Houma. That store will get a one-time bonus of $2,500, or one percent of the jackpot.Meanwhile, lottery official ...
May 4, 2005, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum

Winner of Feb. 12 Powerball lottery prize takes the cash option
A 55-year-old Louisiana lobbyist claimed her winnings Friday in last month's Powerball jackpot, sending her attorney to the lottery office to turn in the winning ticket and accept a lump sum payment worth $23 million.Vera Olds of Baton Rouge could have taken $40.6 million in 30 annual payments, but instead chose the $23 million lump sum, according to Kimberly Chopin, a state lottery spokeswoman.Chopin said Olds, a regular lottery player who bought $5 worth of Powerball tickets every Saturday, wi ...
Mar 7, 2005, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum

Players cross the border for Powerball
Mississippi may not participate in the multistate Powerball, but that doesn't stop its residents from crossing the state line for a chance to be the lucky winner.Convenience store clerks in Slidell, La., say they're ready for the long lines that come with with high jackpots such as Saturday's, which is an estimated $215 million. We've increased staff already in preparation for Saturday, said Belinda Anthony, manager of the Race Trac on Gause Boulevard. Basically, everybody that comes in this d ...
Oct 8, 2004, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum

200 stolen tickets produce $11 in prizes and an arrest
Carlisha Johnson didn't have much luck with more than $200 worth of lottery scratch-off tickets: She collected only eleven-dollars.From there, her luck went straight downhill after she was arrested last week for allegedly stealing the tickets from the Mandeville-area convenience store where she worked.Johnson is accused of swiping 216 lottery tickets from the store and scratching them off in full view of a surveillance camera.James Hartman, a spokesman for the Saint Tammany Parish sheriff, says ...
Mar 31, 2004, 4:48 am - Lottery News forum

Visible numbers end sales of Louisiana Lottery scratch-off games
The Louisiana Lottery Corp. has stopped sales of three scratch-off games because numbers supposed to be hidden could be read without scratching off anything.The Louisiana Boil, Extra Free Spot Bingo and Winning Combinations games all had the problem, the company said in a news release Monday.It said sales of Winning Combinations were halted Thursday after lottery workers realized that the numbers were visible through the latex scratch-off coating.Lottery President Randy Davis ordered the printer ...
Mar 30, 2004, 4:52 am - Lottery News forum

Rightful owner of Powerball ticket finally gets $100,000 prize
A Morgan City, Louisiana man whose $100,000 Powerball ticket was allegedly stolen finally got his money on Tuesday.Charles Stone, 33, received the check at the Louisiana Lottery's Metairie office, eight days after state troopers arrested three people for allegedly altering the ticket and trying to claim the cash for themselves. A fourth suspect was arrested Jan. 29. I feel very lucky, said Stone, adding that he plans to invest some, spend some of his winnings.Stone bought the ticket at a Hou ...
Feb 4, 2004, 5:20 am - Lottery News forum

Three arrested, charged with altering Louisiana Lottery tickets
Three people were arrested Monday and a fourth is wanted for allegedly stealing and altering a Louisiana Lottery ticket worth $100,000, state police said.The arrests were made after the suspects arrived at the state lottery offices in Metairie to try to collect the money. Officials detected that the original signature on the ticket had been scratched out and replaced with another.Arrested were Hang Nguyen, 43, of Amelia, Nhat Nguyen, 25, of New Orleans, and Ngoc Tran, 46, of Amelia. Police are s ...
Jan 27, 2004, 5:57 am - Lottery News forum