Store owner tried to scam woman out of lottery winnings
Louisiana Lottery able to track down real winner
A woman was almost scammed out of her lottery winnings by the convenience store where she bought the ticket, according to Louisiana Lottery officials. But a simple step helped authorities find the rightful winner.
Fong Kwok hasn't had a day off in four years. So when she found out she won $10,000 in the Louisiana Lottery she was ecstatic.
That day I just was so happy, said Kwok, who owns Bamboo Restaurant in New Orleans East. I could not ...
May 20, 2012, 7:23 am - Lottery News forum
Two workers in lottery pool sue over $118 million ticket
Two employees of a Chicago Heights, Illinois, bakery are suing co-workers over a $118 million Mega Millions jackpot, alleging they were unfairly left out of the winnings.
Jose Franco and Marco Medina were regular participants in a lottery pool with co-workers at the bakery for about a year, according to the suit.
The group won $9 during a drawing on May 1, and there was an understanding that the money would be used to purchase more tickets for a May 4 drawing, the suit said. Some employees ...
May 17, 2012, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner buys golf course
Recent lottery winner Wally Markham isn't just a member of his local country club he owns it.
Markham, 65, won the Iowa Lottery Hot Lotto jackpot in November, netting about $3.5 million after taxes. The retiree invested most of his winnings, but first set aside enough to buy the faltering La Porte City Country Club.
Markham was already a member of the country club and even volunteered there, mowing the greens and doing odd jobs.
It was going downhill, and they were financially in troub ...
May 14, 2012, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
Six $1M Powerball tickets claimed by one Arizona winner
Winner stays anonymous
The Arizona Lottery announced today that all six $1 million Powerball second prize tickets won in Arizona from the drawing on Wednesday, April 25 have been claimed by one person.
The six $1 million winning tickets were purchased by one Glendale resident at the QuikTrip located at 6702 W. Glendale Ave. in Glendale. The winning numbers were 4, 25, 29, 34, and 43, with Powerball number 29.
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, claimed the six tickets over the c ...
May 9, 2012, 8:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman accuses son of taking $51 million lottery ticket
A California woman has sued her son and accused him of making off with her $51 million Mega Millions lottery ticket, and then racking up expenses on houses, cars, and cash gifts.
The legal dispute between Etta May Urquhart, 76, and her son Ronnie Orender, who had been a truck driver, centers on who owns the ticket. She admits he signed it, but she is the one who lottery officials acknowledge bought the slip of paper.
In May 2011, Urquhart went to her local Mobil gas station in Bakersfield, ...
May 6, 2012, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Woman arrested for trying to fake jackpot winning lottery ticket
Note to anyone thinking of gaming the state lottery: it never works.
An Elgin, Illinois, woman tried to cash in on the record $656 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot with a ticket she bought online eight minutes after the winning numbers were drawn, officials said today.
Leandria Williams, 28, was initially charged with wire fraud last week for falsifying documents. She has now been charged with attempted theft and forgery, according to the Cook County sheriff's office.
An investigat ...
May 1, 2012, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
48 Philly transit workers win $172M Powerball jackpot
Trains and subways might zip along a little faster in Philadelphia this week after a group of 48 transit workers hit a $172 million Powerball lottery jackpot.
The workers, who will get about $3 million apiece, are choosing to remain anonymous, but range in rank from senior managers in the purchasing department to a favorite janitor, according to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) spokesman Richard Maloney.
They have all asked to be anonymous on this. When you get a ...
Apr 30, 2012, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery leaders convene in D.C. to discuss future of games
La Fleur's annual symposium draws hundreds of lottery personnel, vendors
By Todd Northrop
This week leaders from nearly every U.S. and Canadian lottery met in Washington, D.C. at the annual La Fleur's Lottery Symposium to discuss the future of government lotteries, especially with regard to Internet sales and play.
Emboldened by a U.S. Department of Justice opinion issued in Dec. of last year clarifying that the Wire Act only has bearing on sports wagering, state lotteries have immediat ...
Apr 26, 2012, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia woman wins $1 million lottery twice in the same day
Winning the lottery once in a lifetime is pretty lucky. Winning the lottery twice in the same day? Virginia Fike is one of the few people that can describe that feeling.
The Berryville, Va., resident had two tickets that matched five of the six Powerball numbers in an April 7 drawing so that each ticket was worth $1 million.
I'm in shock! Fike said in a news release from the Virginia lottery.
In early April, Fike stopped at an Olde Stone Truck Stop in Virginia with her numbers ready an ...
Apr 24, 2012, 6:56 am - Lottery News forum
$173 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot increased
By Todd Northrop
The multi-state Powerball lottery drawing took place last night without any jackpot winners, causing the new jackpot for Wednesday's drawing to grow to an estimated $173 million, with a cash option of $107.7 million.
Saturday night was the 9th consecutive drawing without a jackpot winner.
Even though there were no jackpot winners, 8 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Colorado, 2 from Florida, 1 from Idaho, 1 from Indiana, 1 from Lou ...
Apr 22, 2012, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum