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A man who split a winning $4.8 million Colorado Lotto jackpot with two brothers who were eventually convicted of rigging the numbers says he is owed the full amount because he had played the game fairly.

Amir Massihzadeh, of Boulder, Colo., received $568,990 after splitting the prize money with brothers Eddie and Tommy Lipton in 2005, the Denver Post reported.

The Lipton brothers were later convicted of rigging lottery numbers — including the win in Colorado — and ordered to pay restitution. Massihzadeh said he had let the computers choose his numbers and was never suspected of wrongdoing.

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Massihzadeh requested the Colorado Lottery for a full payout but was denied on the grounds that the terms of the payout were in a contract which he had signed.

Massihzadeh sued but the lawsuit was dismissed in February 2018. The Denver District Court judge who dismissed the lawsuit had agreed with the Colorado Lottery’s assessment of Massihzadeh request.

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The Colorado Court of Appeals will hear arguments Massihzadeh’s case on Tuesday. His attorney, Robert Duncan, told the Post: “If an honest person plays a game by the rules, but other players cheat to win and get caught, then the honest player should get the whole jackpot and the cheaters should not get anything.”

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A Florida woman who took home a $278 million jackpot after winning the Powerball six years ago is suing her son and financial advisers, claiming the money was put into low-return investments while she was being charged $2 million in fees.

Gloria Mackenzie, 90, filed a lawsuit last month in Jacksonville against her son, Scott, and the financial advisers he chose, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, negligence and exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Scott Mackenzie had power of attorney over his mother’s finances.

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In May 2013, Gloria Mackenzie, then 84 years old, purchased a winning Powerball ticket worth $590 million at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills. After agreeing to get a lump sum and deducting taxes, she took home $278 million, giving half to her son who, in return, promised to care for her for the rest of her life, the lawsuit stated. Before she won the nine-figure jackpot, Gloria was a widow who had modest savings, scant education in money management and relied on her son for help, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

The low-return investments in CDs and money market accounts cost her tens of millions of dollars that she could have earned with another investment strategy, the lawsuit said. In court papers, Scott Mackenzie said in court papers that his mother’s claims “are based solely on allegations that Scott introduced Gloria to an investment adviser who put her in conservative investment vehicles, in accordance with her chosen investment objectives, and effectively preserved her wealth.”

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A judge previously dismissed a similar lawsuit but allowed Gloria Mackenzie to file the amended complaint.

When Gloria Mackenzie won the jackpot, she was the “largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history,” the Florida Times-Union reported. It was not immediately clear how much of her jackpot she has left.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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After learning that he was diagnosed with cancer, a North Carolina man received a bit of good news — that he’d won a quarter of a million dollars in a lottery scratch-off.

Richard Beare, of Charlotte, said he “rarely” plays the lottery but won a $250,000 prize — after he’d recently found out he had stage 4 liver cancer.

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“I only stopped because my wife asked me to get a Powerball ticket since the jackpot was so high,” he told the North Carolina Education Lottery. Beare was at a Quik Trip store two weeks ago and decided to buy four Carolina Black scratch-offs while he was there.

Beare said that his fourth scratch-off was the big winner. He said he noticed the ticket had matching numbers, and asked his wife what that meant.

“She said it meant I won a price. I told her, ‘Well, I guess we just won $250,000 then,'” Beare said. “She was in shock and just kept looking back and forth to me and the ticket.”

The lottery stated on its website that Beare claimed his prize on Monday in Raleigh, and after tax withholdings, he received $176,876.

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And what does Beare plan to do with the money?

“I want to travel while I can still enjoy myself,” he said. “My wife has always wanted to go to Italy, since that’s where her descendants are from. Now I can take her.”

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An Australian man has won more than $30 million in his country’s lottery – by accident.

The anonymous winner had been playing the same lottery numbers in The Lotto for over 30 years. This week he accidentally bought two of the same ticket for Tuesday’s drawing, thinking he was buying a ticket for another week’s game.

The numbers exactly matched those of the division one Jackpot, doubling his $23.3 million ($US16.5 million) prize to $46 million ($US 33 million).

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According to The Lotto’s official statement, the Melbourne man had noticed he had won online but was only remembering one ticket. It wasn’t until a member of their team called and told him he had won on both.

“You’re kidding,” he told the official, “Am I seeing things?”

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The new multi-millionaire had just gotten off work when he found out the life-changing news, but told the official “I might think about retiring.”

When asked how he was going to spend the money he said “First on a new home or holiday,” then “I’ll definitely share it with my family.”

“I have always marked my entries but I have never chosen anything in particular. They weren’t special before, but they are now.”

Even The Lotto company was thrilled by the news.

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"Imagine discovering you’re a midweek multi-millionaire," Bronwyn Spencer, a spokesperson for the company told news.com.au.

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Lottery players will get another chance to become a multi-millionaire and live the high life.

After months without a winner, the Powerball jackpot has spiraled upwards to a massive $750 million.

Wednesday night’s drawing gives those who buy a $2 ticket a chance at the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

The big prize has grown steadily since the last jackpot winner on Dec. 26; the odds of matching the five white balls and single Powerball are a staggering one in 292.2 million.

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The $750 million estimate refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years. Nearly all grand prize winners opt for the cash prize, which for Wednesday’s drawing would be an estimated $465.5 million.

Earlier this month one lucky South Carolinian, who opted to stay anonymous, claimed a Mega Millions jackpot and settled for a $878 million lump sum.

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The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 pm ET. If you’re intent on playing, the last chance to buy a ticket is about an hour before the drawing.

Powerball is played in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., the U.S Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The woman who won October’s $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot can keep her identity a secret and said she plans on donating to causes that are important to her.

The winning ticket was sold at a KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina. The winner allowed a fellow customer to cut the line in order to purchase a ticket, Fox News previously reported. But not much else is known about the woman who will receive a “one-time gross payment of $878 million – the largest jackpot payout to a single winner ever,” The Washington Post reported.

The state allows its lottery winners to remain anonymous and the woman wanted to keep her identity a secret for safety reasons. Her attorney, Jason Kurland, said people who win the lottery “become an easy target” for scams, con artists and sometimes even friends and family. The winner released a statement regarding her newfound luck.

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“Words can’t describe the feeling of such incredible luck,” the statement read. “I do realize that such good fortune carries a tremendous social responsibility, and it gives me a unique opportunity to assist, support and contribute to charities and causes that are close to my heart.”

Charities such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia and the Red Cross Alabama’s Region’s tornado relief fund will receive donations from the lottery winner, the Washington Post reported.

South Carolina will collect $61 million in income taxes from the jackpot. The store that sold the ticket will get a $50,000 bonus.

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Jee Patel, the manager of the store that sold the winning lotto ticket, told Fox News earlier that “lotto tourists” stop in daily to take pictures of the place. He estimated the store received between 10 to 15 visitors a day.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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If luck be a lady, it might just be this lady.

A Virginia woman found herself with a six-figure payout after playing the same four number sequence on 30 different lottery tickets.

Deborah Brown, of Richmond, said she kept seeing the numbers "1-0-3-1" throughout the day, and decided to stop at a gas station in Chesterfield County to purchase 20 of the $1 Pick 4 tickets on Feb. 11. Later, she went by the same gas station again and picked up 10 more tickets with the numbers. Later that day, much to her surprise, "1-0-3-1" was read out as the winning sequence – and she netted a $150,000 check.

"I nearly had a heart attack," she said according to NBC News.

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Each of the $1 tickets has a top prize of $5,000 – so her decision to buy so many allowed her to pile up the cash. Lottery organizers reportedly said her chances of winning with all four numbers in that sequence were 1-in-10,000.

Brown doesn’t have concrete plans on what she wants to do with her winnings yet, but is considering using the money to renovate her home.

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It’s been a lucky few weeks to play the lottery. Earlier this month, an unemployed and recently divorced New Jersey man won the $273 million Mega Millions jackpot after his winning ticket, which he had lost, was turned in to the store clerk by a Good Samaritan.

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Thanks 437 million, Andy!

The winners of the largest-ever New York Lottery jackpot have pulled off the even more historic feat of collecting their checks anonymously — by following the advice of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The group of 23 Long Island coworkers scored the Mega Millions’ eye-watering New Year’s Day jackpot of $437 million, lottery officials revealed Tuesday.

But like so many winners before them, the lucky Long Islanders didn’t want their names out there for vultures, and hired local attorney Eric Jaffe to help them out.

He learned that Cuomo had just vetoed a bill that would have let lottery winners stay incognito — but had also mentioned a loophole.

“If a person wishes to remain anonymous, the law already allows for such a scenario,” Cuomo wrote when nixing the legislation.

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“For the past 40 years, individuals wishing to keep their name and information out of the public view have created LLCs to collect their winnings for them.”

The governor’s remark seemed like “an afterthought,” Jaffe told The Post — but they ran with it, and it worked.

“The triggering factor was Gov. Cuomo’s specific statement that you could form an LLC,” he said. “So going on that language and some history [of other cases], they opted to form the LLC.”

The winners claimed their prize as New Life 2019 LLC in January, and the moolah came through last week, he said.

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They opted to take a lump-sum payment of $262,213,914 — $176,155,308 after state and federal withholding, or around $7.7 million per person.

Lottery officials — who prefer to trumpet their big winners with photos and giant novelty checks — were “very nice” about the group staying under wraps, Jaffe said.

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“It’s not their preference — they’re in the business of PR and they want your picture holding up the big check,” he said.

What Jaffe would reveal about the newly minted millionaires is that they all work for a retail business in the “Nassau to west-end Suffolk” area with fewer than 50 employees that is “not a chain or a big store.”

The winners are “salt of the earth … working-class folks,” Jaffe said, and many are planning on keeping their jobs.

“No one’s acting crazy, they’re getting good financial advice. There’s a long history of lotto winners going bankrupt. They’re scared straight about that,” he said.

“I know they want to travel and pay off mortgages but no one wants to buy the Yankees.”

A worker at Brookville Auto Service Shop in Glen Head, where the winning ticket was sold, said it was bought by a woman in her 60s who’s been coming in every Sunday for more than three years.

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“My boss told me I sell the ticket. And I’m waiting for the day whoever win comes back and tips me. Write it down, my friend,” said Niz Aydrogan, 53.

The store will receive $10,000 from the New York Lottery for selling the ticket.

To read more from The New York Post, click here.

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