Saturday, April 21, 2012

Does he get to keep the money?

The Clarion-Ledger reported this morning a couple won in the Louisiana Lottery:

"Clinton resident Alvin Hodge plans to pay off his house and retire, now that he's $700,000 richer.

The Mississippi man claimed a $1 Million Mega Millions prize Monday from the Louisiana Lottery and received $700,029 after federal and state taxes were withheld.

"This is hard to believe; it just hasn't quite hit me yet," Hodge said in a news release.

His co-worker, Brandon resident Jason Haynes, went with him to accept the prize. Both men said they regularly participate in workplace lottery pools. Neither could be reached.

Hodge's ticket matched all five of the white ball numbers but missed the yellow Mega Ball number. The winning numbers for the April 6 drawing were 02-19-20-24-33, and the Mega Ball was 39.

Hodge purchased the winning ticket from Delta Discount in Delta, La.

The Louisiana Lottery reports the store will receive a bonus of $10,000, or 1 percent of the prize, for selling Hodge the winning ticket

Just one thing. I remember over 15 years ago the Clarion-Ledger had a huge story on the front page about this very subject. The newspaper interviewed then-Attorney General Mike Moore. The Scruggsie said such winnings were illegal in Mississippi and the state would confiscate them if someone won an out-of-state lottery. No ifs, ands, or buts.

So has the law changed or did everyone forget? Just wondering.


Ironghost said...

There have been stories of other winners, so I'm going to assume it's not being enforced.

Or, with a good lotto win most people could simply move post haste.

Anonymous said...

IF that is true, wouldn't the same apply to all the lovely tourist gambling their hearts and proceeds out down on the coast and up in Tunica?

If they bought the ticket OUT OF STATE, which they obviously had to do, then the state's hipocrsy knows no bounds.

I don't have a problem paying taxes, in LA and MS, and Federal, but to impound my winnings? BS.

Anonymous said...

I'm moving to Louisiana !!!

Anonymous said...

More proof that Mississippi should approve a lottery.

I'm glad this fellow can now retire. His decision to retire reflects that at least he's been working.

Most Mississippians that "cross da riva" to buy power-ball tickets are spending my tax / their welfare checks on a pipe dream.

That can't be controlled.

However, I'd rather see Mississippi recoup some of this money than giving it away to Louisiana.

Anonymous said...

If the law is on the books, it should be enforced.

Mississippi needs to get in on this lottery thing.

I'd recommend that PLUS...

Every town should have a minimum of one sports bookie parlor. Under current "prohibition," hundreds of thousands of dollars are transferred weekly from the pockets of sports betters in Mississippi to crime bosses in Chicago in New Orleans through local illegal bookies.

The state could capture vigorish from those weekly bets. When the casinos whine, offer to give them a piece of the action depending on the level of their current business activity.

roughneck said...

I thought it was just a $25 fine for possession of a ticket

Anonymous said...

Boy how times have changed.

Mike Moore worried about intimidating Mississippi's potential lottery border crashers. Yeah, bust 'em Mike for those Quick Picks.

While Jim Hood worries about heady shit like whether to send his AG Instructional Document Shredding Road Team to the Home Depot or the Piggly Wiggly.

Ray Mabus, Mike Moore, William Winter, Ronnie 'Toilet Seat Height Engineer' Musgrove, Jim Hood ... a veritiable Who's Who of numbskull Donkeycrats.

God Forbid let's NOT talk about their farm team!!!

Anonymous said...

We have WAY TOO MANY LAWS on the books to try to control the masses. If it IS LEGAL for a Mississippi resident on public assistance to gamble away ALL of their check to the casinos in Mississippi, why is it illegal for this same person to buy a ONE DOLLAR QUICK PIC. The Mississippi casinos offer "FREE" everything to these mostly uneducated Mississipians to get them into the casino where with all the bright lights, free booze, free food, pretty ladies, free entertainment and on and on and on, try to keep these poor people IN THEIR CASINO as long as they can to get ALL of their money and send them home broke. On the other hand, none of this activity is used in Louisiana to entice people to purchase a ONE DOLLAR QUICK PIC. NOW, YOU TELL ME WHO THE VILLIANS ARE: THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI AND THE CASINOS ARE ACTING IN CONCERT TO KEEP THE POOR PEOPLE POOR AND THE RICH PEOPLE RICH. LET THE LUCKY GENTLEMEN FROM CLINTON KEEP HIS MONEY. WE NEED TO STAND BEHIND HIM AND NOT LET THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI STEAM ROLL OVER HIM TO STEAL HIS MONEY, AS THE CURRENT LAW IS WRITTEN, THEY CAN TAKE ALL HIS MONEY AND FINE HIM FOR BEING A BAD BOY AND BUYING A ONE DOLLAR QUICK PIC INSTEAD OF STOPPING AT THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND SPENDING SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS INSIDE THE MAGIC KINGDOM CASINOS.

Shadowfax said...

Just a few weeks ago WLBT ran a lengthy facebook thread about their employees pooling funds to buy out of state lottery tickets hoping to win 'the big one'. If that's illegal, wouldn't on line betting also be? Do the Baptists really have this much power?

Anonymous said...

Good points 7:14. Also, a good question is this: If a person from a state that does not approve gambling in any form comes into Mississippi and gambles in a Mississippi casino and wins a million dollars, will he get to keep his winnings? Same situation as the man from Clinton. Maybe if he was STAYING IN A HOTEL IN LOUISIANA ON THE DAY THAT HE WON then he would get to keep his winnings even though he is from a state that does not allow playing that awful game of Powerball. Sounds logical to me.

Anonymous said...

Just because MM said it did not make it true. Show me the Law and I'll show you the money.

Anonymous said...

Will someone please clarify if this law actually exists? Please cite the code section? I'd do it myself, but I really don't know how.

Anonymous said...

Mississippi Code 97-31-1 thru 97-33-51

Kingfish said...

SEC. 97-33-5. Gambling; additional fine against winning gambler for amount won.

In a prosecution for gambling or gaming, in addition to penalties elsewhere provided, the jury shall find the amount won, and it shall be the duty of the court to enter judgment against the winning party for the amount so won, to be collected and paid over as fines.

Someone told me the key is depositing the money in a bank in Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

7:14 couldn't wait for someone else to respond so they gave themselves kudos @ 9:35.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish can we get an attorney general's opinion on the fact that if you deposit the money outside Mississippi then the law does not apply to you.

Kingfish said...

Not trying to take the guy's money. Just remembered the story quite well and wondered what had changed.

Anonymous said...

A lot of times, if you post in ALL CAPS, people will skip reading your post because they think you are PROBABLY CRAZY.

Anonymous said...

Since 10:09 did not finish grade school. I will explain ALL CAPS. It is for the morans that can not read well and only focus on the ALL CAPS instead of reading the entire article. IT WORKS BECAUSE IT GOT YOUR ATTENTION. LOL

Rebekah said...

Isn't it ironic that you referred to someone else being a "moran" without bothering to check the correct spelling of the word.

Anonymous said...

Rebekah, you are close. It isn't "ironic"'s MORONIC.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure a "moran" is a second cousin to a moron. Unless, of course, you married your cousin.

Anonymous said...

Why is a dog fight excluded in illegal gambling

Anonymous said...

If any person shall encourage, promote or play at any game, play or amusement, other than a fight or fighting match between dogs - WHY IS DOG FIGHTING EXCLUDED

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