Pennsylvania jury clears defendant of lottery deception
Jury sends resounding message to overzealous prosecutors
A Pennsylvania man didn't strike it rich with a phony Powerball ticket, but he won a victory yesterday when a Dauphin County jury decided he didn't do anything wrong.
After deliberating a little more than an hour, the jury acquitted Brian Scott Miller, 34, of unsworn falsification to authorities.
The charge was lodged after agents of the state attorney general's office said Miller signed a form saying he bought the ticket, then ...
May 11, 2006, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
Top House leader balks at plan to use Pa. lottery for tax relief
A top Pennsylvania House leader has doubts about a key element of a property tax relief plan, threatening to complicate a legislative panel's efforts to produce an acceptable compromise.
House Republican leader Sam Smith, of Punxsutawney, said yesterday he didn't like the idea of transferring about $240 million from the state lottery fund to provide property tax and rent rebates this year for senior citizens.
I am not comfortable with borrowing money from the Lottery Fund this year, he t ...
Apr 25, 2006, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum
Man charged with forging lottery ticket claims it was a joke
A Pennsylvania man charged with forging a winning lottery ticket in October was only playing a joke on a coworker, his defense attorney said today.
That joke, attorney Stephen Ellwood said, was merely that (James A. Koons Jr.) wanted someone to find it and think it was real.
And that someone Brian Scott Miller, 34, of Pheasant Drive South in North Middleton Township now faces charges after he allegedly found the ticket at the Middlesex Township trucking firm where he worked and tried ...
Apr 6, 2006, 11:42 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. woman sues for share of winning lottery ticket
A New Salem woman wants a Fayette County judge to stop her former roommate from cashing a $1 million winning instant lottery ticket because she believes the money should be shared.
In a suit filed by attorney Samuel Davis, Yvonne Evans claimed it was her debit card used to pay for the $20 winning scratch-off ticket on which her roommate Mary Rechichar won the seven-figure prize.
Rechichar called Evans from Dan's Marathon Gas Station in Republic, where Rechichar worked, to ask Evans for th ...
Mar 30, 2006, 2:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Penn. woman Loses $20,000 In Jamaican Lottery Scam
A Bethlehem woman was defrauded of nearly $20,000 throughout January after she was led to believe she'd won the Jamaican lottery.Sue Turnback, 68, said a woman calling herself Carrinne Campbell called her Jan. 4, police said. Campbell said Turnback won $2.2 million in the Jamaican lottery but had to mail $1,000 to Jamaica to process the winnings. Turnback sent the money in an international money order the same day. Turnback received another call later from a man calling himself Everett Montaque, ...
Jan 31, 2006, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania man loses thousands to lottery scam
Gary Young said he should have known better, but the promise of thousands of dollars clouded his judgment a bit.Now, the North Sewickley Township man is out more than $3,500, the victim of the latest scam to target the region.In a letter dated Dec. 15, from the purported Transmerica POS Prize Pool Lottery, Young was told that he had until Dec. 30 to claim a $50,000 prize. To claim the prize, he had to take a Transmerica check, worth $3,950, and cash it, so that he could wire money to the lottery ...
Jan 30, 2006, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery millionaire Bud Post dies
William J. Bud Post, the Venango County man who won millions in the Pennsylvania Lottery and then endured a fortune's worth of troubles, has died.Post, 66, of 249 Grant St., Franklin, died Sunday morning at UPMC Northwest in Seneca.Post became a local celebrity and later gained nationwide notoriety after winning $16.2 million in the lottery in 1988. An extravagant spending spree followed, then Post's life began to unravel.His sixth wife moved out on him, his brother was convicted of trying to ...
Jan 17, 2006, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery declares 1st raffle a success
State lotteries are beginning to learn from the success of El Gordo, a raffle-style game, which is one of the most popular lottery games in the world.The Pennsylvania Lottery had a Merry Christmas again.But this time, aside from the usual seasonal sales peak in instant tickets, thousands of players also took a $20 chance to get in the Lottery's first-ever raffle game: a one-time drawing for a declared set of prizes, with winning numbers drawn specifically from the field of tickets sold.Some $4 ...
Jan 9, 2006, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery's Raffle Drawing Creates Four New Millionaires
The Pennsylvania Lottery's Millionaire Raffle game has produced four new millionaires to begin the new year.The selection of four $1 million top-prize raffle tickets and five $100,000 second-prize raffle tickets was televised live on the Lottery's drawing show earlier this evening. Five hundred $1,000 winning raffle tickets also were selected, but were not displayed due to time constraints.The four top-prize winning tickets selected, worth $1 million cash each, were: 00143065, 00168249, 00260928 ...
Jan 2, 2006, 6:24 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. man strikes it rich with $1M lottery ticket
Kevin Lutz's lucky number used to be 7 until Christmas Eve and a match of the number 31 made him the second resident near Sayre Borough, Pennsylvania, in two months to win $1 million on a scratch-off ticket.Lutz purchased the winning Merry Millionaire ticket from Carl's Newsstand in Sayre on Christmas Eve, just a short distance from the Dandy Mini Mart in Athens Borough where a Towanda woman purchased a winning $1 million ticket of the same game on Nov. 1.Lutz, owner of the Last Resort Hot ...
Dec 29, 2005, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum