Boyfriend of NC's $188M Powerball winner gets prison for heroin trafficking
At least she won't have to bail him out again anytime soon
By Todd Northrop
The boyfriend of North Carolina's biggest Powerball winner will spend time in prison and pay a hefty fine as part of a plea agreement in a drug case.
Lamarr McDow, the 32-year-old boyfriend of $188 million Powerball winner Marie Holmes, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to traffic heroin in a Brunswick County, North Carolina, court Wednesday.
McDow, who also goes by the name Hot Sauce , was sentenced ...
Apr 8, 2016, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum
Investigators find Tipton's software code to rig computerized lottery drawings
Last remaining defense shattered as investigators find and decipher jackpot rigging code
A lottery vendor for years manipulated drawings to enrich himself and associates by installing software code that allowed him to predict winning numbers on specific days of the year, Iowa investigators alleged Wednesday.
Authorities called the newly obtained forensic evidence a breakthrough in the investigation of alleged jackpot-fixing scheme by Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-Stat ...
Apr 7, 2016, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scammer's brother facing criminal charges
The brother of a former Iowa lottery security official convicted of fixing a 2010 Hot Lotto drawing in an attempt to win millions is now facing an Iowa criminal charge of his own, online records show.
Tommy Tipton, of Flatonia, Texas, was booked into the Polk County Jail at about 4:40 a.m. Wednesday on a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct.
He posted a $25,000 bond and was released from the jail before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Tipton, 43, resigned his elected position as a Texas justi ...
Apr 6, 2016, 12:50 pm - Lottery News forum
$1M winning lottery ticket sold in Wisconsin goes unclaimed
The Powerball ticket could be at the bottom of a garbage can. Or wedged into a glove compartment. Perhaps it went through the laundry, never to be seen again.
Regardless, the unknown holder of the ticket lost a lot of money. The ticket, purchased in Eau Claire in September, was worth a cool $1 million, but since it wasn't redeemed by the March deadline, the money goes toward property tax relief.
The winner did not come forward, said Stephanie Marquis, communications director for the Wisco ...
Apr 4, 2016, 8:03 pm - Lottery News forum
MUSL seeks to dismiss lawsuit over rigged jackpot
A group of state lotteries has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a jackpot winner who argues he was shortchanged by millions of dollars because the prior drawing was rigged by one of its employees.
In court documents filed this week, the Multi-State Lottery Association argued that Iowa resident Larry Dawson does not have legal standing to sue because his claimed injury is merely speculative and hypothetical, and therefore cannot be redressed.
Dawson, of Webster City, filed the l ...
Apr 1, 2016, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Parking garage attendant wins lottery, immediately quits job
A New York City parking garage attendant hit the lottery jackpot, promptly quit his job, and now plans to hire his very own chauffeur.
Gregory Velez said he'll be enjoying life on Easy Street after accepting a lump sum $4.63 million after taxes Thursday from the New York Lottery, after nailing all six numbers in a Cash4Life drawing.
I'm going to be like Arthur and get a chauffeur, joked Velez, 58, referencing the 1981 romance flick.
The three-decade garage worker has boredom to thank f ...
Mar 31, 2016, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Washington Mega Millions winner claims $157 million jackpot
A Washington man came forward Thursday to claim the $157 million Mega Millions jackpot from the drawing on March 8.
A lottery spokeswoman said the man's name is Michael Burkett, but no other information about him was released.
Burkett presented the ticket at Washington's Lottery headquarters in Olympia, together with his family, a news release said.
He purchased one $5 Mega Millions ticket at a Seattle-area 7-Eleven (9200 35th Ave, SW Seattle WA 98126) using Quick Pick, the release sai ...
Mar 25, 2016, 3:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Multi-state lottery game coming to Wyoming
Colorado looking to join the same game this summer
WyoLotto players could have a new draw game to play by this fall after the Wyoming Lottery Corp. board of directors on Thursday unanimously approved adding the Lucky for Life game to the three currently offered.
Lottery CEO Jon Clontz said he hoped Lucky for Life tickets could be sold in the state by October or November.
Lucky for Life is similar to Powerball in that players pick six numbers. Matching all six numbers wins the jackpot. T ...
Mar 18, 2016, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
No $50K bonus for Washington retailer who sold winning lottery ticket
If you're Nirbhai Singh, 36, who started out delivering for Pizza Hut and now owns a couple of 7-Elevens, what else can you do but be philosophical about losing out on $50,000?
It was his West Seattle store at 9200 35th Ave. S.W. that sold the winning $157 million ticket in Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot.
The winner has yet to come forward.
As for Singh, whom everybody calls Sonny, until last year his store would have gotten a $50,000 bonus for selling a winning Powerball or Mega Milli ...
Mar 10, 2016, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania judge and friends win $291M Powerball jackpot
Bought ticket while vacationing in Florida
After a long ride back from his annual Florida vacation, Senior District Judge James Stocklas had enjoyed the sun and fun, but was anxious to get back home to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
After parking his RV in the driveway, Stocklas caught a few hours sleep and awoke Friday morning with plans to visit his favorite Bethlehem diner. While at breakfast, he pulled out his cellphone to see if anyone had won massive Powerball lottery.
His jaw dropped w ...
Mar 6, 2016, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum