Lottoland cleared over $238m claim levelled by man who thought he had won Powerball


A man has lost a $238 million gambling dispute against Lottoland — the second time in recent months the international betting giant has come up trumps after being accused of deceptive conduct involving jackpot competitions mistaken as Powerball draws.

Earlier this year a woman, known only as Ms B, lodged a gambling dispute in the Northern Territory where Lottoland holds its Australian licence, claiming she had won $126 million after selecting the correct numbers in what she assumed was a Powerball lottery.

She had actually entered Lottoland’s “THU Jackpot” which has nothing to do with Powerball, apart from taking place on the same day of the week.

Lottoland has more than 8 million customers worldwide.(Supplied: Lottoland)

It has since emerged a second person lodged a similar complaint with the NT Racing Commission this year.

The man, referred to as Mr O, claimed he had won $238 million after choosing the right numbers in the US Powerball Lottery.

However, he had actually entered Lottoland’s “US Power” competition, which is unrelated.

Both complainants accused Lottoland of advertising its jackpot competitions with logos that resembled Powerball lotteries.

Lottoland rejected the allegations, telling the commission the logos were not similar and that it had not used the word “Powerball” in its products since 2016.

The company also disputed claims by Mr O of “misleading and deceptive conduct”, saying it had not offered bets on international lotteries since federal rules prevented it from doing so in 2019.

Instead, Lottoland said it advised all customers they were entering jackpot competitions that involve betting on the outcome of international financial markets.

The company also told the commission Mr O had submitted his entry shortly after the real Powerball draw had been conducted.

“A reasonable person could be led to believe [Mr O] knew the winning numbers of the [US Powerball] before placing his bet on the US Power,” it told the commission.

Ms B had also entered her ticket shortly after the real Powerball results were known.

A woman's hand holds up a Powerball ticket in front of the Brisbane River and skyline.
The commission found Lottoland had no case to answer in both matters, where the complainants sought a total of $364 million in prize money.(Supplied: The Lott)

The commission rejected both matters, finding Lottoland had no case to answer.

“The commission is satisfied that no monies are payable to the complainant by Lottoland in respect of that lawful bet,” it said in its latest judgement involving Mr O.

Despite the findings, the peak body representing Australian lottery companies — which are in direct competition with Lottoland and other online bookmakers — said the two complaints raised serious concerns.

“These examples show us that consumers are being potentially confused by these products, thinking that they’ve bought something that they haven’t,” Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association CEO Ben Kearney said.

He said the Lottoland brand name created confusion for consumers because, unlike his members, the company did not conduct traditional lotteries involving the drawing of numbers at random.

“If you’ve got ‘lotto’ in your name and you’re not a lottery — and a lottery is very clear and concise what a lottery is — I’d say that it potentially confuses people,” he said.

The ABC asked Lottoland on Thursday if it would like to respond to the association’s comments.

The company is yet to respond.



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NT police arrest NSW man for allegedly illegally crossing border during COVID-19


Northern Territory police have arrested a 23-year-old New South Wales man after he allegedly illegally crossed the Northern Territory border.

According to police, the man arrived at the Kulgera Border Control Point, about 275 kilometres south of Alice Springs, on September 13.

At the checkpoint, police said they told the 23-year-old he would need to spend 14 days in mandatory hotel quarantine if he entered the NT as he had recently visited a NSW hotspot.

Anyone who enters the NT from a declared COVID-19 hotspot — which includes the state of Victoria and Greater Sydney — needs to enter the forced government-managed quarantine and pay $2,500 to cover the cost.

Police said that after explaining this to the traveller, the man chose not to enter NT and drove back towards South Australia.

But later that same day, police say they found the man’s car “abandoned in a culvert” about 2km south of the border control point.

Police arrested the 23-year-old yesterday in the community of Yulara, a remote township near the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and said they believe the man “crossed the border on foot and then hitchhiked”.

In the NT, 2,391 compliance checks have now been completed and 150 fines issued.(ABC News: Samantha Jonscher)

Incident controller Acting Commander Sachin Sharma said the man had been tested for COVID-19 and returned a negative result.

“He is currently undergoing quarantine in Alice Springs,” he said.

“The vast majority of travellers have been very cooperative and it is disappointing to see some continue to risk other people’s safety.”

The 23-year-old man has been issued a notice to appear in court for contravening an emergency declaration and making a false statutory declaration.

He is due to appear in Alice Springs Local Court on September 28.

The infringement penalty for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer’s directions is $5,056 for an individual and $25,280 for a business.

In the NT, 2,391 compliance checks have now been completed and 150 fines issued.



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Man faces trial over alleged hit-and-run during street race


A MURWILLUMBAH man who allegedly fled the scene after hitting a pedestrian during a street race in Tweed Heads South in 2018 is facing trial.

Danny John Maloney, 29, is before the Lismore District Court charged with failing to stop and assist after his vehicle caused grievous bodily harm.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Police will allege Mr Maloney was the driver responsible for striking a 59-year-old woman on Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South.

Mr Maloney allegedly was travelling southbound at high speed a white Mitsubishi Triton alongside two other vehicles towards Sexton Hill Drive about 8pm on July 8, 2018, the court heard.

Mr Maloney then allegedly mounted a kerb under the bridge of the Pacific Highway overpass after failing to navigate a right hand turn in the road and struck the woman.

He then allegedly fled the scene.

The woman suffered head and leg injuries as a result of the incident.

 

A CCTV image of a white ute involved in an alleged hit and run last in Tweed Heads South in 2018.

 

Mr Maloney is also charged with dangerous driving and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

However, Mr Maloney’s defence lawyer, Rod Behan, said his client doesn’t dispute these charges but he was unaware at the time he hit a pedestrian and therefore believed he had no reason to stop and assist.

The court heard the agreed facts of the case stated the vehicle Mr Maloney was driving had collided with the woman on the footpath causing her grievous bodily harm.

The Crown prosecutor told the jury Mr Maloney cooperated with police a few days after the incident but claimed he hadn’t known he hit a pedestrian.

Mr Maloney allegedly told police during an interview he had only been travelling 60km/h when he came around the bend into the tunnel.

He claimed the tunnel was dark and he couldn’t see any pedestrians.

The Crown Prosecutor said Mr Maloney claimed he left hand lane when a car in the middle lane suddenly veered in front of him, which ultimately caused him to mount the footpath.

“You’ll hear there was no evidence from anyone else there was another car,” the Crown Prosecutor said.

“You’ll see CCTV footage from up the road, that CCTV footage show no other car.”

The Crown Prosecutor said Mr Maloney must have known he hit the woman and caused her serious injury because the impact he must have felt would have been consistent with when someone is aware that they’ve hit an animal or a wheelie bin.

Mr Behan said the jury would have to decide how his client should have known to stop to render assistance if he didn’t even know he hit the woman in the first place.

“Mr Maloney has admitted his guilt to the relation of his driving and the serious injuries of the victim… but the charge before you is if he then failed to stop and assist,” Mr Behan said.

“If he didn’t know the vehicle struck the pedestrian, he could not have known it caused grievous bodily harm.”

The trial continues on Tuesday.





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Police allege 59yo man illegally crossed WA border via outback track



A 59-year-old man accused of illegally crossing into Western Australia via an outback dirt road has appeared in court.

The Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court heard that Rikard Buzinkic had applied for a travel exemption in June but was refused.

Police alleged he entered WA from South Australia this week and attempted to cross the Nullarbor on a dirt track known as the Trans Access Road.

The remote road runs parallel to the Trans-Australian Railway Line.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kirsten Addiscott told the court the man’s car ran out of fuel near Forrest, and he was spotted by a train driver.

Magistrate Erin O’Donnell ordered the man be taken for a mental health assessment this afternoon.

More to come.



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Jordan Timothy Grantham handed home detention for injuring man in fight


An Adelaide man was acting in “excessive self defence” when he caused catastrophic injuries to a seasoned fighter who would have “seemed unstoppable” during a late-night Hindley St fight, a judge says.

Jordan Timothy Grantham, 24, was given a six-month non-parole period, to be served on home detention, in the District Court on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated recklessly causing serious harm over an incident that took place in the early hours of September 23, 2018.

In sentencing, Judge Joana Fuller said, on the night of the fight, the victim — Jonathan Allen Ridge — was violent, unpredictable and capable of causing serious injury.

Judge Fuller said Ridge had knocked a friend of Grantham’s unconscious outside a nightclub and twice attacked another man in the lead-up.

“At that stage he would have seemed unstoppable,” she said.

CCTV footage shows that the men had moved just off Hindley St when Ridge directed a karate-style kick at Grantham but missed and landed on the ground.

He got straight back up, was pushed or kicked over and got back up for a second time with his hands out.

Grantham swung a kick as Ridge was rising to his feet.

“You did this to defend yourself but, by your plea, you accept this was excessive,” Judge Fuller said.

However, she said Grantham’s actions “only just” fell over the line of what was proportionate self-defence.

“Ridge was a clear and present danger to anyone unfortunate enough to become a target of his drug and alcohol-fuelled desire to fight and assault,” she said.

“It is clear that he selected his victims at random and delivered blows with the skill and precision of a seasoned fighter.

“He knew how to fight and he knew how to fell someone with a single blow.”

Ridge was left with life-threatening injuries after the incident, and spent two weeks in the ICU.

He initially had difficulty walking and has suffered ongoing effects.

Another man charged over the incident has pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial next year.



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Police shoot man at Lilydale Marketplace Shopping Centre in Melbourne’s outer east



Police have shot a man who was allegedly armed with “an edged weapon” at the Lilydale Marketplace shopping centre in Melbourne’s outer east.

Ambulance Victoria said paramedics were called to Lilydale at about 8:45am.

A man was “believed to be in a serious condition” and being treated for upper body injuries, Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.

Victoria Police said officers were called to Hutchinson Street in Lilydale at about 8:30am, following reports of a “a man armed with an edged weapon”.

A woman who was passing the Lilydale Marketplace on a walk told 3AW she saw a man “brandishing quite a large knife” outside a chemist shop.

“[He] was standing there for about five minutes, obviously surrounded by police, but now he’s decided to go walking through the car park,” she told the radio station about two minutes before gunshots were heard.

“There are guns drawn and they’re yelling at him to put the knife down, but he doesn’t seem interested in that.”

Victoria Police said the incident was now under an internal investigation.

More to come.



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Man arrested for igniting brushfire in Portland, starts SIX MORE fires in less than 12 hours after release – police — RT USA News



Portland police arrested a man for starting a fire with a molotov cocktail and released him, only to take him into custody again the next day for allegedly setting six more fires.

Domingo Lopez Jr., 45, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on Sunday evening after police discovered a blaze set on the side of a freeway. A witness identified the suspect, who admitted to police that he’d set the fire. 

Lopez Jr. used a molotov cocktail, a plastic bottle with a wick, to ignite the blaze. He was charged with reckless burning and disorderly conduct in the second degree, and was released without bail. 




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On Monday, less than 12 hours after the suspected arsonist was originally booked, police detained and charged the 45-year-old man once again, after discovering six small fires, also set on the side of a freeway. Firefighters put out three of the fires, and locals passing by extinguished the other three. 

Lopez Jr. was found walking on the freeway and police found a lighter on him they believe he used to start the fires. He received six additional citations for reckless burning and is undergoing a mental health evaluation. 

No one was injured and no structures were damaged due to the fires, but Oregon is currently battling wildfires that have “substantially destroyed” multiple towns, according to the governor. Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes and numerous structures have burned to the ground. 

Washington and California have also been fighting wildfires that are razing thousands of acres of land. 35 people have been killed. 

As well as Lopez Jr., four other people have been arrested on suspicion of starting fires on the West Coast. Meanwhile, one Southern California fire that has destroyed over 10,000 acres of land was reportedly started by actions at a couple’s gender-reveal party.




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The numerous arrests have led to speculation on social media that the fires, which many Democrats have blamed on climate change, are politically motivated and being set on purpose. These claims have been dismissed by the FBI as “conspiracy theories” and Facebook has already taken to policing any posts that suggest the blazes are being set by any politically-motivated groups. 

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Gareth Bale ‘open’ to Man Utd transfer this summer as deal deemed more likely


Gareth Bale is reportedly happy to join Manchester United this summer if a deal can be struck with Real Madrid.

Bale has two years left on his contract in the Spanish capital, and with neither the player or his agent looking to terminate the Wales star’s contract, a loan deal is set to be the only way he could be allowed to leave this summer without Real paying off his contract.

The Times report that Bale would be happy to join United – who have long been linked with a move for him – on a temporary deal this summer, with United set to be liable for a portion of his wages if a deal can be agreed.

United have been determined to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, but their lack of progress on that deal has led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer beginning to look elsewhere.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Donny van de Beek but Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United’s number one target.

However, they have so far failed to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund and are considering Gareth Bale as an alternative.

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It is accepted that any deal would be an unlikely one for United to pull off, but The Times claim that a possible move is now considered more likely as all sides soften their stance with the player keen to play football anywhere in the new season.

Zinedine Zidane has no inclination to play Bale in the coming season, and a loan switch to Old Trafford is sure to appeal.

Bale recently voiced his frustrations to Sky Sports, saying: “I tried to leave last year but they [Real Madrid] blocked everything at the last second.

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“It was a project I was excited for last year but it didn’t materialise. And there have been other instances but the club won’t allow it or something, so it’s up to the club.

“I want to play football. I’m still motivated to play football. I’m 31 but I’m in great shape still and I feel I’ve got a lot to give. We’ll see what happens. It’s in the club’s hands and they make things very difficult to be honest.”

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Queensland man charged after travelling in Victoria


A man has been charged for allegedly providing false information on his Queensland border declaration form after travelling in Victoria.

Police say the 48-year-old Queensland man flew from Melbourne to Brisbane on August 31 and was immediately placed into two-week hotel quarantine under COVID-19 hotspot rules.

“Investigations have revealed as well as failing to comply with the COVID-19 border direction, the man allegedly breached quarantine in Victoria,” police said in a statement on Monday.

The man was arrested on Sunday night after completing his mandatory hotel quarantine period.

He has been charged with providing false or misleading documents and is due to face Southport Magistrates Court on October 1.



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West Ham loss not impacted by anger over Diangana sale

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Declan Rice said West Ham’s dreadful display against Newcastle had nothing to do with the disappointment among the players regarding the sale of Grady Diangana.

West Ham players were furious when Diangana was sold to West Brom for £18million last week.

Captain Mark Noble tweeted that he was “gutted, angry and sad” and David Moyes said this week that the skipper showed “exactly what the players feel”.

But after the Hammers lost 2-0 to Newcastle on the opening day of the new season, Rice said: “Grady went 10 days ago. He is a big miss for us. But none of that was in our minds, the dust has settled.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, he added: “I do not think we could have played any worse to be honest. We were poor as a team and individually. There is no time to play poor in the Premier League.

“We had a dip last year and found ourselves in the deep end and it was not enjoyable.

“Things did not go our way, slack touches, not really getting in behind enough, not creating chances. There are a couple of things you can put it down to. We need to turn up in these types of games.

“We need to be collectively better.”

Asked whether the feeling among the players about the sale of Diangana had an impact on their performance against Newcastle, Moyes said: “Not a thing.

“When you are a footballer and are out on the pitch, that has nothing to do with it. You concentrate on the game once you cross the white line.

“The same players who played brilliantly well at the end of last season – I was hoping to get much the same from them, but we did not.”



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