Lottery 'joke' wins man fine, year probation
James A. Koons Jr.'s practical joke backfired in a big way.
According to his attorney, the Hegins man thought it would be funny to fake a $853,496 winning Powerball ticket and leave it underneath a newspaper in the break room at the Roadway Express terminal in Middlesex Twp.
Instead of a laugh, Koons and an unwitting co-worker ended up in a legal mess.
Yesterday, Cumberland County President Judge Edgar B. Bayley sentenced Koons, 38, to 12 months of probation and fined him $2,500 for ...
Dec 6, 2006, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio lottery numbers same as game score
Ohio State's 42-39 victory over Michigan also was lucky for players of the Ohio Lottery.
Minutes after Saturday's game was over, the numbers 4-2-3-9 were drawn for the Pick 4 game.
You know it happens, lottery spokeswoman Marie Kilbane said Sunday.
Bettors can play the game in a variety of ways. Anyone who played $1 and picked the 4-2-3-9 combination in order won $5,000. The odds of the numbers turning up in that combination were 10,000 to 1.
The lottery paid a total of $2.19 milli ...
Nov 19, 2006, 6:22 pm - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery's most unlucky number: 13
The number 13 is the unluckiest ball in the National Lottery, according to records of organizers of the numbers' game in the U.K.
According to Camelot, the organizer of the lotto game in Britain, in the 12 years that the game was launched in the U.K., the number 13 has been drawn only 132 times.
Comparatively, the luckiest balls were 38, 25 and 31 which have been drawn a good number of times. The number 38 has been drawn a total of 199 times, 25 has been drawn 186 times and 31 a total of ...
Nov 14, 2006, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Wife Orders Hit on Russian Lottery Winner
An angry Russian woman from the small town in the Caucasus hired a criminal to kill her ex-husband who had won a million rubles in a lottery, the News.ru website reported Friday.
48-year-old retired military officer Alexei Rykov had bought just one lottery ticket as a present for his own birthday and the ticket proved to be lucky the man won one million rubles (about $37,000). He used the money to buy an apartment (until then the family was renting) and a car.
After a while his wife Irin ...
Nov 3, 2006, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
'The dog ate my lottery ticket'
With the largest Powerball jackpot ever won in Iowa, there were several ticket-holders who had wishful thinking.
The Iowa Lottery said Wednesday that since the winning numbers were drawn it has been flooded with callers trying to explain why they were winners but could not produce their winning ticket.
We had already validated the ticket. I was still receiving phone calls saying, 'Are you sure that is their ticket. Are you sure that's the winning ticket?' said the Iowa Lottery's Tina Po ...
Oct 6, 2006, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Canadian woman wins lotto twice
Beating 'astounding' odds, Toronto senior held two of three winning tickets in $24M jackpot
With luck like hers, Mary Wollens should buy a lottery ticket or two.
In what's being described as an unprecedented win in Lotto 6/49 history, 86-year-old Wollens held two of three winning tickets in the Sept. 30 draw, scoring her a windfall of $16 million.
The Etobicoke woman credited a prophetic dream for the windfall, saying she saw the winning numbers in her sleep.
I was lying in bed ...
Oct 6, 2006, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery addict screams at judge, 'prison won't help'
A sobbing lottery addict convicted of stealing $2.3 million from her employer to fund her habit screamed at the judge that prison won't cure her.
Tell me how you're helping me! Annie Donnelly of Farmingville yelled at state Supreme Court Justice Robert Doyle during her sentencing Tuesday.
Donnelly pleaded guilty last month to second-degree grand larceny in exchange for the sentence of four to 12 years in prison.
The former bookkeeper for a doctors' office admitted she stole the mon ...
Sep 27, 2006, 2:15 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Powerball lottery winners worry what their preacher will think
Can winning nearly a million dollars in the lottery be a bad thing? Strangely, for Donald and Danette Sigmon the answer is apparently, yes.
On July 26, Donald won $800,000 in the Powerball Lottery after accurately choosing five winning numbers. The Sigmons went to Raleigh to claim their prize. Ever since, they have worried over the fact that playing the lottery might have shamed them.
They say they have been shunned and ridiculed and aren't entirely proud of having played. They're so u ...
Sep 5, 2006, 12:03 pm - Lottery News forum
WOW, TALK ABOUT ADDICTION: Woman stole $2.3M to buy lottery tickets
This is not the kind of jackpot one Long Island woman probably had in mind.
The former bookkeeper for a doctors' office pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree grand larceny, admitting she stole more than $2.3 million that she used to buy lottery tickets. Prosecutors, who described the bookkeeper as having a gambling addiction, said the woman spent as much as $6,000 a day playing various lotto and scratch-off lottery games.
She spent most of it to feed her pathological addiction, said ...
Aug 23, 2006, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Transsexual lottery winner regrets paying for gender reassignment
A transsexual who came to prominence in 2003 for funding her sex-change operation from a UK National Lottery win has revealed to her local newspaper that she now regrets paying 21,000 (US$40,000) for the procedure.
Mick Parltrow, then a 52-year-old lorry driver, won 250,000 (US$480,000) and travelled to Thailand for the operation. Although she does not regret changing sex, Melanie feels the lottery win was no blessing.
After the operation, Melanie returned to work, but problems at home ...
Aug 11, 2006, 3:06 pm - Lottery News forum