Links to Various Sad but True Winners Stories
(All links found below take you to stories found on this website
and each linked page may contain multiple stories)

Just point and click ...

Originally Posted: Feb 27, 2005
Revised: May 8, 2008
(New links added frequently)

Before you buy that next scratch ticket ... Click here

A Dallas Observer Feature Story
My hats off to the Dallas Observer and reporter, Rick Kennedy,
for a fantastic feature story about my life since I decided to keep
an eye on the Texas Lottery. Click here to read.
(Posted on my web site June 12, 2005 and
now includes comments and links

Told Ya So - Another Dallas Observer Story
About me, Judicial Watch & the cheated winners
Dallas Observer, posted 8/11/05 - Click here

Ex-boyfriend charged with killing $5M lottery winner
Florida lottery winner dies penniless
(Texas) Alleged lottery cheat wins big bucks ... A G-Tech Rep
Single-Vehicle Crash Kills $9 Million Winner
Lottery winner gives up fight to keep house
$13 Million Florida Lottery Winner Dies Broke

Stories Posted 5/8/08, Click here

Sad but True & Educational Stories - (18 Stories)
Store clerk is charged with claiming lottery ticket of patron
Women sue Whittaker over 2004 incident
Lottery winners' good luck can go bad fast
Financial planners: Winning the lottery isn't always a dream
Catching Up! Posted 3/15/06, Click here

Lottery winner must pay
Lottery winner arrested for theft of over $60K
Lotto winner in machete horror
Lottery winner gets prison term for bankruptcy lies
Lottery winner sues state
British lottery winner lands in prison
Catching Up! Posted 3/15/06, Click here

TX - Lottery Commission Tells Woman $11,000 Ticket Was Misprint
Former lottery winner gets 30-month prison sentence
Famous lottery winner dead after lifetime of troubles
Luck was fickle to lottery winner
Lottery dispute takes bizarre turn
Employee made lottery own jackpot
Is lottery vulnerable to inside tampering?
Uncle Sam wins your lottery winnings
Catching Up! Posted 3/15/06, Click here

Sad but True Winners Stories
- Texas Stories Have Gone World Wide Now -
(FYI - We tried to settle the payment issue
PRIOR to contacting the media

Texas) Left with a $25,000 question - Man lost his winning
ticket, then got it back, now it's in lottery limbo (A disgace)
Texas) Tale of winning ticket combines faith, hope
Texas) What once was lost - lottery ticket - now is found.
Texas Lottery should be clear about jackpots
Instant Millions Can't Halt Winners' Grim Slide
State probe, drug arrest trip up Powerball winner
Posted & Revised Dec 8 & 9, 2005 - Click here.
If you want to see all the stories - world wide - click here.

Eight Sad but True Winners Stories

Powerball winner found days after death
Million dollar lottery winning causes family tensions
Lottery shop shortchanges winner bigtime
Ripped-off lottery winner is a Mexican
Lottery winner charged in theft
Lottery winner cries foul
Caller claims to be recent lottery winner
Stop begging, says lottery winner
Posted Nov 27, 2005 - Click here

Seven Sad but True Winners Stories
Lottery Winner Hangs Self 7 Years After Collecting Win
Lottery winner lied at bankruptcy hearing
Lottery Winner Lands in Jail
Lottery Winner Sentenced For Failing To Pay Taxes
Suspect in death of lottery winner pleads not guilty
Lottery winner could face legal action
Lottery Winner's Business Target of Complaints
Posted Oct 8, 2005 - Click here to read all stories

(AZ) Store clerk accused of stealing $1M lottery ticket
& Man sues lottery over $5 million jackpot
Posted August 19, 2005 - Click here.

(TX) Lottery Commission's personnel policies questioned (AP Wire)
They Won The Jackpot... Lottery money can bring mixed blessings
Posted August 4, 2005 - Click here

Florida Lottery will not honor misprint scratch-off jackpot ticket
This is very, very WRONG. Posted 7/31/05 - Click here.

Lotto Winner Murdered & Indiana Goes to Computerized Draws (Both sad)
Search continues for couple accused of killing lottery winner.
(Indiana) Lottery not chancing integrity ... Balls inside a cage were
fun to watch, but computer system maximizes reliability
(Sorry, but we don't agree with the Indiana Lottery's "excuses"
for switching to computerized draws. We KNOW why they want
computerized draws - so they can control the outcome of the draws.
Posted July 29, 2005 - Click here.

Four Interesting Stories
San Antonio - Mother loses daughter over lotto win
Former Lottery Winner In Trouble With The Law
Two plead guilty in lottery ticket scheme
Cause of lottery glitch remains a mystery
Posted June 12, 2005, Click here

Three Interesting Stories
1) Terminal Says $3 Million Scratch Ticket
"Not A Winner" ... The Terminals Favorite Words!
2) Wetzel prosecutor will refuse to collect on lottery bad
checks ... (Good For Him)
3) Pair will testify against ex-lottery official ... (Good For Them)
Posted June 1, 2005,
Click here

A Texas Player Shares Her Winning Experience
This is an experience that I hope all of you read and learn from.
(Posted May 27, 2005) Click here.

More Lottery Stories
Store Manager Steals Winning Ticket ...
Woman Stiffed By Store Manager Collects ...
Whitaker Can't Withdraw Plea ...
Chances Are Lottery Is A Waste of Your Money ...
Click Here
(Posted May 25, 2005)

Winners Stories And A Call For Texas Players To Take Action
Stories Include
Attention Texas Lottery Players ...
Computer Glitch Caught in California - Affected Repeat Numbers Drawn ...

Super Model Sues Mayor, Bank and Step Dad ...
Lottery Dispute Goes to Court ... Clerk Claims Computer Glitch ...
$37.5 million winner taken into custody on federal drug and gun charges ...
Click here
(Posted May 13, 2005)

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Story as it appeared in the May 2005 edition
of Maxim Magazine is now online. (5/22/05)
Winners talk! Click here to read it.

One very sad winners story ...
Two really cute editorials ...
About NY and CA (Mega Millions states)

1) Lottery millionaire Zell convicted in fatal crash.
2) Making it harder to win may be best for all involved.
3) Don't save your coins for Mega Millions lottery just yet.
State lawmakers question whether CA Lottery Commission
has authority to join multistate game.
4) I know how the state can fund education reform,
fix the Big Dig, pay for universal health care and even
have enough left over to cover Charlie Lincoln's retirement.
5) Major Changes in NY Gambling Possible
Click here.
(Posted March 27, 2005)

Students From San Antonio College Explain
175 Million-to-One Mega Millions Odds. WOW - what analogies!
Also included ...
What would your life be like if you won hundreds of millions of dollars?
Click here.

Four heart wrenching editorials ... The truth about the cost
of gambling is in police reports, court records and graveyards.
NY model - Stepfather stole to play lottery. Powerball Winner
Jack Whitaker sued. Efforts to raise revenues can
bring problems ... Click here.
(Posted March 2005)

What is problem gambling? Click here.
(Posted March 2005)

Real Life Examples of Gambling Related Crime
and Corruption.
Click here.
(Link takes you to another web site. Posted March 2005)

Texas Lottery Denies Cheating Lotto Texas Winners
But excerpts from Commission Meetings refutes the TLC claims
of innocence. The complete story including a winners complaint letter
to the DA. (Special note to those winners who called inquiring about
the way you were paid - your suspicions. I've included a spreadsheet
that includes the rate that was applicable at the time of your win
so you can now figure out if you received your full amount.
Click here
. (Posted Feb 2005)

Sad but True Winners Stores (2), Click here.
And did lottery terminal err or did clerk steal?
(Posted Feb 27, 2005)

Players learn chances of winning scratch tickets
may be zero.
Click here. (Posted Feb 2005)

Rich Man, Poor Man.
A big Powerball win cost Jack Whitaker dearly.
Click here. (Posted Jan 2005)

Sad but True Winners Stories (1), Click here.
(Posted Dec 2004)

Read story about a Texas $31 million winner
who committed suicide (1999). Click here.
(Posted Nov 2004)

Inside Information Nets Big Scratch Ticket Win
Click here. (Posted Nov 2004)

More Sad but True Winners Stories (AOL), Click here.
(Posted Nov 2004)

Store Owners and Employees Admit Stealing
$100,000 Powerball Ticket ...
Don't let this happen
to you. Click here.
(Posted Nov 2004)

One Winner - One Loser - What a story.
Everyone should read this one.
Three other stories
include an interview with a winner, a news story
regarding the Oct 13 Lotto Texas machine malfunction
and the huge sales decline for New York's in state
Lotto game since joining MM.
Click here.
(Posted Oct 2004)

A Lotto Trouble Over Money.
Texas winner faces problems! Click here.
(Posted July 2002)

Lawsuit Filed by Scratch Ticket Players
Click here. (Posted June 2004)

Thank You Dallas Morning News ... Their 2005 study of lottery sales
by districts confirms who really plays the games of Texas. Click here.
(Posted Feb 2005)

About that 2005 Texas Lottery Demographics Study.
See what the "real" truth was! A Texas Tech Study. Click here.
(Posted Feb 2005)

Canada Has A Gambling Problem. And so will Texas.
Governments hooked on gambling. Here's WHY we need to oppose
expanded gambling in Texas and why the TLC turns me OFF.
Click here
(Posted Jan 2005)

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Texas Winners Stories ... Click here.
(Updated as lotto winners collect winnings.
Mostly Texas winners.)

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The Lotto Report
Dawn Nettles
P. O. Box 495033
Garland, Texas 75049-5033
(972) 686-0660
(972) 681-1048 Fax