Colorado man who unwittingly split a $4.8M jackpot with scammer is fighting the Colorado Lottery

In 2005, three people won a Colorado Lotto jackpot worth $4.8 million, and Boulder’s Amir Massihzadeh held one set of winning numbers.

He accepted his prize of $568,990 — after splitting the pot and paying taxes — and moved on with life.

Ten years later, Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents visited Massihzadeh to interview him about his winning number because they were investigating a criminal scheme to rig lotteries.… Read the rest

Nearly $10 million in Louisiana Lottery winnings go unclaimed every year

NEW ORLEANS — An unclaimed $1 million lottery ticket sold at a gas station near North Rampart Street in August, 2018 just expired in February, but there are millions of dollars in unclaimed prizes still up for grabs.

The odds of winning the Louisiana Lotto is 1-in-3.8 million, but you don’t have to win the jackpot to get a hefty pay out.… Read the rest

Inexperienced lottery player’s confusion leads to $150,000 prize

A novice lottery player in Oregon who ended up confused while trying to buy a Powerball ticket had his inexperience pay off when he won $150,000.

Michael Faught of Lebanon told Oregon Lottery officials he and his wife were on a roadtrip when they decided to buy some Powerball tickets, which they rarely do, at the Food for Less store in Medford.… Read the rest