Texas man charged in Iowa lottery case contests extradition
A Texas businessman accused of helping a lottery security official to try to claim a rigged $14 million jackpot is out of jail while he fights extradition to Iowa.
Robert Rhodes, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, left a county jail after posting bond April 9, three weeks after his arrest on two counts of fraud, court records show. He's expected to contest his extradition to Iowa during a May 7 hearing and is under electronic monitoring in the meantime.
Rhodes is denying charges that he worked with ...
Apr 20, 2015, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan man multiplies winnings to $5 million
Winner says he plans on investing the money for his retirement
Adding the $1 Megaplier option to a Mega Millions play turned a $1-million prize into $5 million for a Michigan man.
David Kalanik of Milford, Michigan, stopped at the City Liquor store on West Eight Mile Road in Farmington Hills to purchase a Mega Millions easy pick with the Megaplier option, according to a news release from the Michigan Lottery.
His ticket matched the five white balls drawn April 3 10, 36, 47, 63, and 74 g ...
Apr 17, 2015, 11:20 am - Lottery News forum
BOMBSHELL: MUSL employee might have rigged Hot Lotto computerized drawing
Lottery Post has been warning of the dangers of computerized drawings for over a decade, and now prosecutors of the mystery Hot Lotto winner from Iowa are looking at the possibility that those warnings have come true.
Prosecutors believe there is evidence indicating a former information-security director for a lottery vendor in Iowa tampered with lottery equipment before buying a Hot Lotto ticket that would go on to win $14.3 million, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The trial ...
Apr 13, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state Lucky for Life game comes to Kentucky
Now available in 15 states plus D.C.
The Kentucky Lottery is now offering the multi-state game called Lucky for Life that has a top prize of $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of the winner's life, or for a minimum of 20 years paid to the player's estate, in case of death.
Tickets for the game, which is structured similar to the popular, high-jackpot Powerball game, went on sale Sunday throughout Kentucky.
Lucky for Life tickets sell for $2 each, with drawings on Monday and Thursday ...
Mar 23, 2015, 7:04 pm - Lottery News forum
New York real estate broker claims $126M Mega Millions jackpot
An upstate New York county of 76,000 people has gotten its second $100 million-plus Mega Millions jackpot winner in three months.
Real estate agent Tammy Pratt of South Fallsburg in Sullivan County was introduced Wednesday as the sole winner of the $126 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn Feb. 27.
Pratt was between real estate appointments when she stopped for gas. She bought $4 worth of tickets instead of her usual $1 when she noticed the jackpot for the upcoming drawing had topped $100 m ...
Mar 20, 2015, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. man knew he won $1M but lost the lottery ticket
By Todd Northrop
A California Lottery winner lost out on the opportunity to claim his $1 million Powerball prize after he misplaced his ticket.
The man saw news reports about himself buying the ticket in Rosemead and came forward, saying he was the winner, KABC-TV reported. But, he said, he lost his ticket.
Because Powerball rules require the winner to produce the actual winning ticket, he was ineligible to collect his winnings, California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said.
We be ...
Mar 13, 2015, 2:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Final share of $564 million Powerball jackpot claimed in Texas
$127 million paid out to Austin trust to avoid publicity
By Todd Northrop
The Powerball jackpot-winning ticket sold in Texas for the historic Feb. 11 drawing has been claimed.
TL Management Trust, Andrew Weber, Trustee of Austin claimed the $127,046,150.05 Cash Value Option prize from the $564.1 million jackpot at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin Friday. The claimant requested minimal publicity.
The ticket was purchased at the Appletree Food Mart, located at 893 E. Princeton Driv ...
Mar 7, 2015, 9:37 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Powerball lottery winner claims share of jackpot worth $188 million
Second of three winning tickets claimed from $564 million jackpot draw
Includes video report
The North Carolina woman holding one of three winning tickets for the Feb. 11 Powerball drawing has cashed in her ticket.
Marie Holmes' lottery ticket matched all five white balls and the Powerball in the drawing. The winning numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54, with Powerball number 19.
(See Three tickets to split massive $564 million Powerball jackpot, Lottery Post, Feb. 12, 2015.)
She wa ...
Feb 24, 2015, 6:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois man claims $265 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Years of playing Quick Pick tickets every day paid off for 70-year-old Jesus Davila Jr. in January when he won $265 million the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history.
I'm a regular Joe and I played and I won it, said Davila, as he smiled at a news conference Tuesday in the Thompson Center downtown, where Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones presented him with an oversized check.
Davila, who lives in Naperville, won the Mega Millions jackpot on Jan. 16 and was the only person to mat ...
Feb 24, 2015, 5:23 pm - Lottery News forum
NC Powerball winner identifies herself
A woman from Shallotte, North Carolina, has come forward with what she believes is the winning Powerball ticket from Wednesday's drawing.
A reporter who spoke with 26-year-old Marie Holmes confirms the numbers and date on her ticket match those that were drawn for the $188 million payout.
I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw the ticket and checked it, Holmes explained with a noticeable grin. The mother of four said she screamed after the winning numbers were drawn Wedne ...
Feb 13, 2015, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum