N.Y. man pleads guilty in bogus lottery scheme
A West Hempstead, New York, man pleaded guilty to federal charges in a Boston courtroom Friday in connection with his role in a fake lottery scam targeting senior citizens.
Wilder Vladimir Merelan, 29, admitted he helped scheme to victimize people ranging in age from 69 to 91 between 2012 and 2015, according to the Massachusetts U.S. attorney's office.
The victims were told they had won millions in a lottery but had to pay taxes first to the Internal Revenue Service before they could get t ...
Apr 11, 2016, 5:45 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
Cab driver's friend steals his $50,000 winning Powerball ticket
A Bronx, New York, cab driver with big money woes swiped his buddy's winning $50,000 Powerball ticket then tried to pass it off as his own, authorities said Tuesday.
Segura Rubelin's pal Victor Castillo didn't win the $1.5 billion jackpot that sent the nation into a fever pitch two weeks ago.
But the fortunate friend knew he had won enough money to tide him over for a while until he said the man who was like a brother to him snatched the ticket out of his hand.
And if that wasn't enough ...
Jan 27, 2016, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Fantasy sports sites back in business in N.Y. after appeal
DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. can continue doing business in New York for now, after an appeals court halted a trial judge's order to temporarily halt daily fantasy games in the state.
An appeals judge on Friday granted the companies a reprieve until an appellate panel has a chance to rule on a request to block the temporary ban while the companies challenge it.
Final papers in this first stage of the appeal are due Jan. 4, said Joshua Schiller, a lawyer for DraftKings, meaning New York ...
Dec 11, 2015, 5:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Brooklyn man wins court battle to collect entire $10K lottery prize that he won in 2007
It took a while and a decision by the state's highest court but a 69-year-old Vietnam vet from Brooklyn, New York, can finally enjoy all his 2007 lottery winnings.
The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that state officials were wrong to claim half of Walter Carver's $10,000 lottery jackpot as a reimbursement for public assistance benefits he received years before he bought the winning ticket.
We are thrilled, said Carver's attorney Susan Antos. This has been a long battle.
Because Carve ...
Nov 24, 2015, 12:37 pm - Lottery News forum
$42 million NY Lottery winner wants to remain blue-collar worker for life
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Richard Loveless was going through his usual Sunday routine on Oct. 18 when he learned that a winning $42.5 million Lotto ticket was sold the day before at the Pit Stop convenience store the same business where he purchases his Lotto tickets.
When the retired electrician from Port Byron checked the winning numbers 1, 9, 11, 16, 19, 22 he was stunned.
He won the lottery.
Loveless, 64, returned to Pit Stop Wednesday where the New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega rev ...
Nov 19, 2015, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
NY judge sides with attorney general against fantasy sports websites
New York convinced a state court late Monday to reject demands from DraftKings and FanDuel two popular fantasy sports operators to issue restraining orders blocking the state attorney general from making good on his threats to shut them down in New York.
The state's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is demanding that the world's leading online fantasy sports wagering websites stop operating in New York because he claims they're too much like a lottery, even though New York operates a state ...
Nov 17, 2015, 10:44 am - Lottery News forum
NY attorney general says that DraftKings and FanDuel constitute illegal gambling
The New York State attorney general on Tuesday ordered the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop accepting bets from New York residents, saying their games constituted illegal gambling under state law.
The cease-and-desist order by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is a major blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that introduced sports betting to legions of young sports fans and has formed partnerships with many of the nation's professional spo ...
Nov 11, 2015, 11:08 am - Lottery News forum
Five friends win lottery after a decade of buying tickets together
Money won't be an issue for five friends from Yonkers anymore.
A decade of buying lottery tickets together paid off big for the group of pals who hit the $106 million jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions game on Sept. 11.
It was 52-year-old limo driver Edgar Lopez's turn to pick up the tickets so he stopped at Yonkers Grocery and Convenience to grab a Mega Millions quick pick.
The following weekend, he got his friends together to share some big news they were all millionaires.
Oct 29, 2015, 1:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Daughter accused of stealing mom's lottery jackpot starts collecting winnings
The woman?? who's being sued by her? ?Brooklyn ???mother?, who says she stole her $1 million lottery jackpot?,? got a lucky break Thursday as? ?a judge? ?gave her back? ?access to some of the? ?loot.
Mom Barbara Quiles, of Bath Beach, initially won a temporary restraining orderblocking her daughter Linza Ford, 22, from accessing the funds as well as a safety deposit box containing $50,000 in valuables.
But Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Martin Solomon lifted that order, allowing Ford to co ...
Oct 23, 2015, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum