NY man sentenced to 4+ years in prison for lottery scam targeting elderly
A New York man who ran a bogus lottery scam, in which elderly people were told they won millions but would have to pay taxes in advance to receive a payout, has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison and ordered to repay more than $733,000.
Wilder Vladimir Merelan, 29, of West Hempsted, New York, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison by Judge Mark L. Wolf in U.S. District Court in Boston, according to the U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz's office. Wolf also ordered him to p ...
Aug 11, 2016, 2:13 pm - Lottery News forum
New York Governor signs bill to allow daily fantasy sports
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday to allow the resumption of daily fantasy sports in New York.
The measure calls the popular online contests a game of skill. That legal definition resolves the central argument in a lawsuit brought against the country's two top fantasy-sports companies by the state attorney general. He had likened the online matches to illegal gambling operations based on chance.
This legislation strikes the right balance that allows this activity to conti ...
Aug 4, 2016, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
Man buys wrong lottery ticket, wins $169 million
Her husband didn't listen and it paid off to the tune of $169 million.
Mega Millions winner Nancy Viola asked her husband, Vito Viola an NYPD sergeant to buy Powerball tickets from the 2520 Foodmart in the Willowbrook section of Staten Island on Jan. 8. She had the Powerball fever that was gripping the country.
Because the jackpot was $900 million, she said. It was big. It was all everybody was talking about. He didn't listen.
Instead, her husband used a leftover dollar to buy a Quick ...
Jul 1, 2016, 6:37 pm - Lottery News forum
New York State lawmakers vote to legalize fantasy sports
Months after being halted by the New York attorney general, daily fantasy sports won a major victory early Saturday as state lawmakers moved to legalize the online games.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, has not yet indicated that he will sign the bill, but the final legislation included proposed modifications from his staff, suggesting at least some degree of support.
Eric T. Schneiderman, the attorney general who first declared war on the industry last fall, declaring fantasy sports to ...
Jun 18, 2016, 2:53 pm - Lottery News forum
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
Includes video report
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