Lottery Winners Sued As Nuisances
A couple who talked of helping young people fight drug addiction and alcohol abuse after winning a $2.6 million Oregon Lottery jackpot are facing a city lawsuit alleging they held a four-month-long party that included public sex, fights and signs of drug dealing.
The lawsuit filed against Elizabeth and Samuel Howard detailed allegations of parties featuring fights that spilled into other yards, couples having sex in plain view, an assault on a neighbor, slashed tires and loud music.
Feb 19, 2007, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery trying to shut down 'casino delis'
Across Oregon, delis that seem to specialize in lottery more than lunch pose a dilemma.
The businesses generate profits to the owners and the Oregon Lottery, supplying an increasingly vital portion of the state general-fund budget. But critics say these establishments cause more social ills and violate a state constitutional prohibition of lottery casinos.
These are casinos doing business under the guise of being a restaurant, a tavern, said David Leslie, executive director of Ecumenica ...
Jan 26, 2007, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery winner goes to jail
A White City woman accused of using a dead woman's credit card to buy an Oregon Lottery ticket that won a $1 million prize has been jailed for violating her probation on a methamphetamine possession charge.
Christina Goodenow, 39, was sentenced to six months in custody for violating her probation in a 2003 methamphetamine case.
Meanwhile, she remains in a dispute with authorities over the lottery proceeds.
Authorities say Goodenow spent about $11,000 using the card of the mother of a lo ...
Nov 18, 2006, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery sales hit record $1 billion
It's official: the Oregon Lottery surpassed $1 billion in sales this past year.
It's the first time since the Oregon Lottery started in April 1985 that sales for the year that ended June 30 surpassed the mark.
For the previous year, sales were a record $937 million.
Record sales also meant a record transfer of $483.6 million to the state economic-development fund. About one-third of that money is earmarked by voters for an education reserve fund, parks, watershed enhancements and salmon ...
Aug 9, 2006, 10:19 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery employees reject call to unionize
A union drive at the Oregon Lottery has been rejected by a solid majority of agency employees.
The state Employment Relations Board, which tallied the votes this week, reported that 56.5 percent of the people casting ballots voted to go without union representation. The Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, won the support of 43.5 percent of the workers.
Ninety-six percent of the 307 workers in the proposed bargaining unit cast ballots.
Ron Youngquist, a lottery worker fro ...
May 25, 2006, 9:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery workers to vote on joining union
Ballots were mailed Monday to the homes of 307 Oregon State Lottery workers, to see if they want to unionize.
Workers can choose to empower Local 503 of Service Employees International Union to represent them for collective bargaining or to retain the status quo and have no union.
Lottery workers in the proposed bargaining unit have two weeks to vote. Their ballots must arrive at the state Employment Relations Board by 5 p.m. May 22.
Results of the vote will be announced the next mornin ...
May 9, 2006, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Gov. signs bill sending lottery funds to schools
Passed by lawmakers in 6-hour session
At Roosevelt Elementary School in Medford, Oregon, Gov. Ted Kulongoski was joined Tuesday by students, teachers, education leaders and legislators for the signing of House Bill 3510, which dedicates an additional $42.2 million in state lottery money to all 198 Oregon school districts for the 2006-07 school year.
Last Thursday, at the governor's request, the Legislature met in special session and passed the bill to provide additional money to public sc ...
Apr 26, 2006, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery may give $42 million in excess funds to schools
Gathered around a podium at Benson High School in Portland on Wednesday, key Republicans and Democrats alike proclaimed that a new day was dawning for Oregon schools.
With the blessing of House Speaker Karen Minnis, R-Wood Village, and Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, legislators are poised to approve handing over $42 million in unexpected lottery revenue to public schools during next week's special session.
If approved, it would be the first time in years the state has announced ...
Apr 14, 2006, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon store owner gives share of lottery prize to the schools
The owner of a Medford, Oregon, grocery store has donated his share of an $800,000 lottery prize to two elementary schools.
Sherm's Thunderbird market received $4,000 for selling the winning ticket, but owner Sherm Olsrud split the money into two equal gifts of $2,000 to a pair of elementary schools.
Olsrud says the schools need the money because both are located in low income areas of town and that many children get their only meals at school.
Schools officials say they will use the ...
Mar 8, 2006, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Fire forces evacuation at Oregon Lottery Building
The Salem Fire Department responded to a structure fire, located at 500 Airport Road S.E., The Oregon Lottery Building, on Wednesday March 1, 2006 at 10:55 am.
Firefighters were first called out to this location due to a fire alarm system activation.
When firefighters arrived, they discovered smoke on the second floor of the structure. They used thermal imaging cameras and discovered fire in the ceiling of the second floor hallway.
Captain Don Fleck requested a first alarm assignment ...
Mar 2, 2006, 6:31 am - Lottery News forum