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  • Mastermind of Lottery Fraud Admits He Rigged Jackpots

    12/30/2020 3:55:36 PM PST · by Son House · 46 replies
    WTHR.com ^ | June 29, 2017 | WTHR.com
    Investigators say Tipton installed code that let the computers work as should on all but three days of the year — May 27, Nov. 22 and Dec. 29 — when they would produce predictable numbers if the drawings occurred on Wednesdays or Saturdays after 8 p.m.Tipton admitted in court that he provided cohorts with the winning numbers for jackpots in Colorado in 2005, Wisconsin in December of 2007, Kansas in December of 2010 and Oklahoma in 2011.The group, which included Tipton's brother Tommy Tipton and a friend, Texas businessman Robert Rhodes, also attempted to collect a $16.5 million Hot Lotto...
  • Redo Count Election using the Lottery

    11/12/2020 10:53:39 AM PST · by RBW in PA · 7 replies
    12 November 2020 | me
    I’d like to suggest that Trump send out the following Tweet. If you voted Trump, purchase a Mega Million Lottery ticket next for Friday. Biden should do the same, instead his supporters should purchase a Power Ball for next Saturday. It seems that the lottery sells about 14M tickets on average per game. So, if 70M people voted for each candidate and purchased a ticket ($2) there should be a huge increase in sales for that particular date. It’s not scientific, but if this went national and people participated the results would be eye-opening. Bet lottery sales for the Trump...
  • Virginia man buys 20 lottery tickets, wins 20 times

    09/09/2020 9:43:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    UPI ^ | Ben Hooper
    Virginia resident Tony Miles bought 20 identical tickets for a Pick 4 drawing and each ended up winning a $5,000 top prize, earning Miles a total $100,000. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery  Virginia resident Tony Miles bought 20 identical tickets for a Pick 4 drawing and each ended up winning a $5,000 top prize, earning Miles a total $100,000. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A Virginia man won $100,000 from a lottery drawing with a top prize of $5,000 by taking a gamble on 20 identical tickets. Tony Miles of South Boston told Virginia...
  • Feds: Long Island lawyer ripped off $107 million from lottery winners

    08/18/2020 9:26:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 21 replies
    Newsday ^ | 08-19-2020 | Robert E. Kessler
    A Long Island attorney who specializes in representing people who won major lottery jackpots was arrested by the FBI Tuesday, along with a soldier in the Genovese organized crime family, on charges of ripping off the winners of three lotteries for a total of $107 million, federal prosecutors said. The three alleged victims, who were not named by prosecutors, were described as the winners of a $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot; a $245 million Powerball jackpot, and a $150 million jackpot, officials said. Jason Kurland, 45, of Dix Hills, who bills himself as “The Lottery Lawyer,” was charged in federal...
  • Man visits 40 stores to find sole remaining $5 million scratch-off prize

    08/06/2020 5:33:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    UPI ^ | July 29, 2020 / 4:00 PM | Ben Hooper
    July 29 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man on the hunt for the final top prize in a scratch-off lottery game said he visited about 40 different stores before scratching off the $5 million winner. Kevin Clark of Candler told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he read there was only one top prize remaining in the $5,000,000 Mega Cash scratch-off game, so he set off Thursday to buy as many of the $20 tickets as he could locate. "I had a real good feeling it was going to be in the western part of the state," Clark said. "I went...
  • Michigan man wins $4 million lottery jackpot — for the second time.

    08/05/2020 7:48:17 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 32 replies
    Fox 8 ^ | June 26, 2020 | CNN Wire
    SOUTH ROCKWOOD, Mich. (CNN) — When most can’t manage to get a $20 return on a scratch off, one Michigan man walked away with $4 million … TWICE!! “You don’t think you’ll win millions once, and you definitely never think it would happen twice,” said Mark Clark, of South Rockwood, Michigan, after his latest win this month. “It’s hard to put into words exactly what I am feeling.” Clark is 50. His good luck story begins three years ago. At the time, he delivered fuel to a gas station in Hudson, Michigan. He bought an instant game lottery ticket and...
  • Man visits 40 stores to find sole remaining $5 million scratch-off prize.

    08/03/2020 1:43:39 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 40 replies
    Fox 8 ^ | August 1, 2020 | CNN Wire
    CHANDLER, N.C. (CNN) — After around 40 stores and four hours of searching, one North Carolina man finally struck gold. Kevin Clark, of Candler, North Carolina, played a hunch and went on a journey to find the last top prize of the $5,000,000 Mega Cash scratch-off game. “I had a real good feeling it was going to be in the western part of the state,” Clark said, according to the NC Education Lottery. Clark spent four hours going store to store, buying every single $20 Mega Cash ticket, until he finally found the winner at a Stop N Go on...
  • 'Are you jerking my bobber?' Lottery winner stuns friend by sharing prize

    07/24/2020 6:31:28 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 56 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | July 23, 2020
    A western Wisconsin man will share his millions in lottery winnings with a longtime friend because of a promise they made to each other nearly three decades ago. Friends Tom Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992 and promised that if either of them ever won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the money. That promise came to fruition last month when Cook bought the winning ticket for a $22m jackpot at Synergy Coop in Menomonie. When Cook called to give his friend the good news, Feeney couldn’t quite believe it. “He called me, and I said, ‘are you jerking my...
  • Visa lottery winners feel cheated by Trump’s visa ban

    07/02/2020 3:23:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2020 | By SAMY MAGDY and JULIE WATSON
    CAIRO -- Noha, an Egyptian engineer, should feel lucky after winning a visa lottery that randomly selects people from a pool of more than 14 million applications for about 55,000 green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States. But the hopes she and her husband had of moving with their two children to New York vanished last week when President Donald Trump extended a ban on many green cards issued outside the United States to the end of the year, including the lottery’s “diversity visas,” which have been issued every year since 1990 to people from...
  • Greensboro man felt lucky when he bought a winning $200,000 'James Bond 007' lottery ticket...

    05/19/2020 7:54:49 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 3 replies
    News & Record ^ | May 18, 2020 | Staff
    RALEIGH — A Greensboro man won a $200,000 prize after buying a $5 ticket, according to a release from the NC Education Lottery. Eddie Odom, a James Bond movie fan, told lottery officials he was feeling lucky when he bought the "James Bond 007" ticket. “Your hands are itching, you’re feeling lucky so you just buy some tickets,” Odom said in the news release. He claimed his prize last week at lottery headquarters. Odom, an office manager, said he bought the ticket at Om Groceries on Randleman Road. He discovered it was a winning ticket later while at his sister’s...
  • Colorado Man Wins Two $1M Lottery Prizes in One Day Using Same Numbers...

    04/29/2020 8:15:29 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 27 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | April 29, 2020 | AP
    With a little bit of luck and persistence, a Colorado man has hit the jackpot twice after playing the same numbers for 30 years. Colorado Lottery officials identified “Joe B.” as the winner of two $1 million Powerball jackpots on March 25. He claimed the winnings on Friday, NBC affiliate KUSA-TV reported. The winning tickets were sold on Lake Avenue in Pueblo at two different stores, about a mile apart, officials said. “Joe B.” bought a few plays in the morning and a couple more in the evening, communications director Meghan Dougherty said. Two of his plays, with his own...
  • Audit: California lottery didn't give required $36M to schools

    03/01/2020 10:51:21 AM PST · by hapnHal · 36 replies
    kcra ^ | 28 Feb 20 | KCRA Staff
     Tens of millions of dollars owed to California's schools were never paid, according to a new audit of the state lottery commission.“The lottery has not provided required funding to education,” according to the audit released Tuesday. Part of the mandate in the creation of the California State Lottery was that money raised from lottery funds was supposed to go to the state's schools. According to the state auditor's report, the lottery is supposed to increase its funding in proportion to any increase in net revenue, meaning that the more money the lottery makes, the more it’s supposed to pay out to the...
  • World's Dumbest Crooks: Two Men Accused of Gluing Winning Lottery Numbers on Losing Ticket

    01/08/2020 2:29:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 8, 2020 | By Rick Moran
    From our "People do the stupidest things" file, a story out of Mississippi demonstrates the unlimited capacity of human beings to surprise and amaze us. In this case, our amazement is directed at the incredible stupidity of which people are capable. Two men walked into the Mississippi Lottery Corporation claim center and presented a scratch ticket that they said was worth $100,000. It must have looked pretty fishy because lottery employees immediately called the police. Incredibly, the two men tried to pass off a losing lottery ticket by gluing the winning numbers on to the ticket.
  • Jeffrey Epstein won the Oklahoma Powerball lottery, July 2, 2008 (?)

    08/13/2019 9:10:39 AM PDT · by MNDude · 20 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman, 26 Aug 2008: Trust keeps Powerball winner a mystery. Only Lottery Commission knows who is now $29.3 million richer. A financial planning company based in Oklahoma City received $29.3 million Monday on behalf of the Zorro Trust, which held the winning ticket from the July 2 drawing. There was also a computer malfunction that pre-empted the televised broadcast of the Sunday draw, and instead the drawing was held later and monitored by an auditing firm. The Daily article discloses: Trusts shield the winner or winners from public scrutiny. “We were hopeful that they would come in, but...
  • A nationwide reporting adventure tracks improbably frequent lottery winners (what the heck!)

    05/15/2019 5:27:44 AM PDT · by vannrox · 26 replies
    CJR ^ | 15sep17 | By Jon Allsop, Selin Bozkaya, Jeremy Devon House, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Ayanna Runcie, and Daniel S
    Lawrence Mower of the Palm Beach Post in 2014 filed a public records request for 20 years of data on Florida Lottery winners.After analyzing the data, he found something unusual: A small number of lottery players were winning hundreds of times at almost inconceivably long odds. A statistician compared one frequent winner’s feat to picking one star out of 50 galaxies and “then having your friend guess the same star on the first try.”ICYMI: Explosive BuzzFeed scoop raises eyebrowsMower’s subsequent exposé led to fraud investigations and major reforms in the Florida Lottery. His reporting found, among other things, that some players...
  • Powerball winner, 90, sues son, claims jackpot was poorly invested

    04/11/2019 8:11:49 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 11, 2019 | Jacksonville news
    <p>A 90-year-old Florida woman who took home $278 million from a winning Powerball ticket six years ago has sued her son and his financial advisers, claiming money was put into poor investments while she was being charged $2 million in fees.</p>
  • $1.5 billion Mega Millions ticket from Simpsonville claimed [SC]

    03/04/2019 6:18:39 PM PST · by buckalfa · 78 replies
    WSPA TV News7 ^ | March 4, 2019 | WSPA,Staff
    COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) - Officials say the winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from October has claimed their prize. The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission says the winner chose to remain anonymous and chose a one-time cash payout of $877,784,124. This is the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in the history of the United States, according to the SC Education Lottery. The winning ticket for the October 23, 2018 drawing was sold at the KC Mart in Simpsonville. “We are delighted that the winner is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable...
  • Unclaimed $1 million Powerball ticket nears its expiration date

    02/19/2019 1:19:25 PM PST · by ETL · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 19, 2019 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    <p>One lucky lottery winner in New Orleans is just hours away from losing their chance to live The Big Easy life.</p> <p>A winning $1 million Powerball ticket sold by the Louisiana Lottery in August at a convenience store in New Orleans is set to expire at 5 p.m. Thursday, nearly six months after its fortunate owner matched all five numbers — 02-25-54-57-63 — and the Powerball of 8, lottery officials told The Post.</p>
  • Fort Dodge [Iowa] man charged with lottery fraud, money laundering, extortion

    02/07/2019 10:45:05 AM PST · by jjotto · 4 replies
    We Are Iowa - WOI-TV ^ | Feb 06, 2019 | Mario Rossi
    FORT DODGE [Iowa] - A Fort Dodge man has been charged with several felonies after police say he attempted to defraud the Iowa Lottery. Investigators with the Iowa Lottery contacted the Fort Dodge Police Department in October 2018 in regards to suspicious activity related to a winning scratch ticket in the Fort Dodge area. Detectives with the Fort Dodge Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division conducted an investigation into the activity. During the course of that investigation, multiple search warrants were conducted at various locations in Fort Dodge and numerous items were seized, including U.S. currency, vehicles and electronic devices. Multiple...
  • $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot still unclaimed

    12/27/2018 4:17:55 PM PST · by NRx · 67 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12-27-2018 | Yoni Blumberg
    In late October, Mega Millions announced that someone had won its $1.5 billion jackpot. But two months have passed and still, no one has come forward to claim the enormous prize, Josh Whiteside, director of marketing at the South Carolina Education Lottery, tells CNBC Make It. "Everyone's talking about it," said Jee Patel, the manager of the KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina, where the winning ticket was purchased. "It's a mystery." The winner, who beat the odds of 1 in 302 million, gets 180 days, or until April 21, to collect before the ticket expires. If the prize goes...