Tennessee Powerball lottery winners sued by inmate
Maybe all those TV appearances weren't such a great idea
As the Powerball jackpot topped $1 billion, the frenzy grew. It was fun to dream, even if you knew you stood little chance. But often, a winner faces suits by friends, co-workers, even family. Sadly, it has now happened to the winning Robinson family of Munford, Tennessee. Jonathan Lee Riches, also known as Jihadi Schitz, has sued the Multistate Lottery Commission, Powerball and the Robinson family. The suit attempts to halt the payout ...
Feb 3, 2016, 8:28 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
California Lottery officials seized surveillance footage from store that sold Powerball ticket
Whoever bought the winning Powerball ticket from a Chino Hills, California, 7-Eleven remains a mystery, even to the store's owner.
Balbir Atwal, who made national news last week when the public learned that his store had sold one of the jackpot-winning tickets, said he has no idea who the winner is.
And he can't even look it up. Lottery officials seized the store's security camera footage and other materials that could contain clues about the winner's identity. California Lottery spokesman ...
Jan 20, 2016, 6:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball renews interest in Mississippi state lottery
By all accounts, Mississippians by droves participated in the $1.6 billion Powerball lottery that was awarded this past week, but the state of Mississippi did not participate.
Mississippi is one of six states that does not conduct a lottery. The others are Alabama, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Alaska.
But, according to many people, the fact the state does not have a lottery does not mean Mississippians were not vying for the record jackpot.
Supporters of the lottery say the state of Mississ ...
Jan 18, 2016, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Phony Powerball tickets flood social media in wake of $1.6 billion jackpot
A professional skateboarder showed his winning ticket for the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot on Instagram. Another man held an impromptu press conference in the parking lot of the Chino Hills 7-Eleven where the ticket was sold, claiming to be the winner.
Then there was the poor nurse in Pomona, whose son text-messaged her a photo of her winning ticket, which led to a flood of media at her home and her work Thursday afternoon.
But in the end, all were hoaxes. In California, lottery official ...
Jan 17, 2016, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery veterans question Tennessee family's behavior before claiming Powerball winnings
California and Florida winners should learn from mistakes made by Tennessee winners
Godspeed, John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tenn.
The 50-somethings may have been Average Joes a day ago, but not after Friday morning when they revealed themselves on national television as big time winners in this week's record-breaking lottery.
The Robinsons' decision to fly to New York City to appear on NBC's Today show several hours before claiming their stake in the Powerball jackpot left some lo ...
Jan 16, 2016, 2:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee couple claims share of $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot
By Todd Northrop
A Tennessee couple that won a share of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot says they plan to return to their jobs after winning the mammoth prize.
At a press conference Friday, Tennessee Lottery president Rebecca Hargrove said that John and Lisa Robinson had the winning ticket and the lottery had verified it. The Robinsons are from Munford, Tennessee, a small town about 25 miles north of Memphis.
John and Lisa Robinson said they plan to pay off the mortgage on their smal ...
Jan 15, 2016, 6:00 pm - Lottery News forum
NC Powerball winner in trouble again
This time she is served criminal summons for threats and harassment
Includes video report
The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has served a misdemeanor criminal summons to North Carolina's $188 million Powerball winner, Marie Holmes.
According to court documents, Lorna Marlowe has accused Holmes of making threatening and harassing phone calls on Jan. 10. Marlowe filed the complaint that same day.
The criminal summons alleges Holmes threatened to inflict bodily harm on Marlowe. It al ...
Jan 15, 2016, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot won by 3 tickets
Winning Powerball lottery tickets sold in California, Florida, and Tennessee
Final jackpot total of $1.5864 billion will be split 3 ways
How would you react if you won?
By Todd Northrop
The largest lottery jackpot the world has ever seen has been won Wednesday night by three tickets sold in California, Florida, and Tennessee.
Since the initial jackpot estimate was set to $1.3 billion early Sunday morning, the Powerball lottery jackpot was raised two more times before the Wednesday ...
Jan 14, 2016, 2:51 am - Lottery News forum
NJ restaurant workers mistakenly think they hit Powerball
Includes video report
Workers at one New Jersey restaurant cried tears of joy and shouted one even quit his job after they matched winning Powerball numbers with a lottery ticket they'd purchased for an office pool.
Unfortunately for them, they didn't realize they had read off the wrong day's winning numbers.
Video from Grissini's Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs shows servers, cooks and bartenders celebrating after reading off Wednesday's winning numbers with one of the tickets they boug ...
Jan 13, 2016, 6:15 pm - Lottery News forum