Trial Dealing With Gambling Ads on Deck in California For Yahoo, Google

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Online giants Yahoo and Google avoided any criminal problems when they agreed to settle with the United States government. The deal had the two companies, along with Microsoft, paying over $30 million for claims they profited from illegal gambling ads.

Now comes the next step in the legal process for the two companies. A civil suit that was filed back in 2004 in the state of California. The trial is set to begin on February 11th.

The lawsuit is trying to make the financial penalty steeper for the two companies. It is also trying to prevent any further involvement of the two companies associated with ads that promote illegal gambling.

The suit claims that the companies did not suffer a big enough financial loss to prevent them from accepting these same ads in the future. The lawsuit is also seeking to have the companies admit that the practice they were engaging in was illegal.

“We believe these companies have been profiting from this illegal practice for more than a decade, and we believe the agreement with the government does not go far enough,” said Reed Kathrein, the lead attorney in the case.

The complaint to be heard in February is also calling for money that the companies received from online advertising of gambling to be forfeited and used to help problem gamblers. The law, however, is not in their favor. It says the court legally cannot help former gamblers reclaim any of their money.

“The settlements(with the U.S. government) are a great victory and a tacit admission by these online advertisers, but there is still more work to do in holding these companies accountable for the harm they have done to Californians, and to keep them and others from continuing these practices,” Kathrein went on to say.

Top Casino Executive Moving From Trump AC Casino to Senecas

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Cathy Walker has been spending her working time in the casino industry since 1995. She has been working for Trump Marina Hotel Casino in Atlantic City as a top executive. Now she is moving on.

Seneca Gaming Corporation apparently has the right fit for Walker. She has accepted a job as the new Chief Operating Officer for the Senecas.

The move will become official once the Seneca Gaming Authority approves her gaming license application. The Authority is the group that regulates the Seneca Indians gaming operations.

“Cathy will be a strong addition to our management team. Her experience and leadership will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow physically at all three of our properties, as well as our stature within the gaming industry,” said Seneca Gaming Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Hansberry.

Walker, in addition to being the General Manager at Trump, has also served for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission as Assistant General Council.

Multi State Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Grows To $150 Million

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States have found a way to make more money. In state lotteries were not enough, so multi state lotteries began being offered. One of those multi state lotteries has seen its grand prize grow to $150 million.

Mega Millions, a lottery that crosses several state borders, had no winners this week. The jackpot will now grow from the $125 million this week, to $150 million for next week’s drawing.

While the grand prize was not won, there was several winners at the lower levels. Seven people came awfully close to winning the big prize. They matched five numbers, but none of them hit the Mega Ball. Each of these people received $250,000, not a bad second prize.

Fifty Eight players were lucky enough to hit four of the numbers, and the Money Ball. Each of these players won $10,000. these people have received a nice consolation prize, but nothing compared with the joy they would have experienced if they had matched one more number.

The winning numbers and Money Ball that nobody was lucky enough to hit were 21,30,43,46,50, and 18. People will now begin buying tickets for next weeks drawings in hopes of cashing in on the $150 million grand prize.

Third Casino Approved By Voters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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The war that has been going on regarding the expansion to a third casino in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has come to an end. After all of the advertising was complete, voters went to the polls.

The outcome was what will soon be the addition of a third casino in the area. Voters approved the third casino on Saturday at the polls.

Pinnacle Entertainment is the beneficiary of the vote. The issue has caused quite a stir in Louisiana, where both sides spent much money trying to convince voters to vote one way or the other.

The result follows a pattern that is currently sweeping through the United States. Voters almost everywhere are realizing the advantages of casino gambling. The expansion throughout the country is creating jobs. It also is bringing in additional revenue to state budgets, a perk that is desperately needed in these tough economic times.

The vote on Saturday will now allow Pinnacle to move forward with their plans. They are building a hotel, a tennis club, a spa, an equestrian area, condos, shops, and a 250 acre golf course, in addition to the new casino.

EuroMillions Lottery Could Break World Gambling Payout Record Friday

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Gambling on the lottery in the U.K. will reach new heights leading up to Friday’s draw. The jackpot prize is up to $185 million. That is the largest single lottery prize money in gambling’s history.

Other records could also be set this upcoming week. If one person wins the prize, it will be the largest individual payout in the world. This will be the last week that the figure will continue to grow.

If nobody wins this week, the money will then be divided up between the people who are on the next prize level down. The shot for history will have many in Europe scrambling to make sure they get their tickets.

With so many countries involved in the lottery, it will make for a hectic week of lunch hours and late night traveling to pick up tickets. The countries where the lottery is available are Portugal, Switzerland, France, the U.K., Spain, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, and Ireland.

United States lotteries have offered higher prize numbers in the past, several factors including spread out payments or taxes will make this prize the grandest of all time.