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Update #3 Jan 26, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016 ...
Current Fun 5's Update Page, Click here
Fun 5's Update #3 Jan 26, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016 .. Shown Below
Fun 5's Update #2 Jan 29, 2015 - Dec 7, 2015 ... Click here
Fun 5's Update #1 Oct 3, 2014 - Dec 9, 2014 ...Click here
Fun 5's Scratch Ticket
The Attorney's Representing TX Lottery Players
& Associates, P.C.
Attorneys at Law
4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 119
Houston, Texas 77027
Mark Lanier (Steele Appeal)
Peter Kelley (Nettles Appeal)
A Personal Look At Mary LaGarde - One of the Fun 5's Lawyers
Editorial & Opinions by Dawn Nettles
Dec 11, 2016 - On Oct 26, 2016, oral arguments were heard by the Appeals Court in Austin
In my case in Dallas, oral arguments will be heard in January 2017.
Neither case will move forward until the immunity issued is settled once and for all. We have the
Interestingly, as we all know, Mr. Trump settled quickly rather than to go to trial at that time.
May 21, 2016 - Just thought I'd let you know that Richard LaGarde is still posting updates on
Also, this week the attorneys filed a brief with the 5th Court of Appeals on my case here in Dallas.
When I think about everything as a whole - the elections and the TX Legislature who allowed the TLC
The process takes time and we have to wait patiently for justice to prevail. And I believe - in the end - it will!
Do know, in the meantime, I'm not going anywhere and I will continue doing my lottery work. More later.
I seriously believe that many, many cancer patients will benefit from his story as will millions of
Anyway, Richard named his bog "Leukemia Lottery" - a very
fitting name as you will see. I'm
Leukemia Lottery by Richard LaGarde - Home - Start reading from the bottom of this page
I beleive all postings are on his Home page but just in case ...
March 2016 - (remember - start reading from the bottom of this page),
Finally, good news, you can also leave him a message on his "Leukemia Lottery" blog if you want!
March 10, 2016 - PS - I forgot to mention that two new attorneys, Mark Lanier and Chris Gadoury have joined
I feel we've been blessed in having such influential and successful attorneys representing TX Lottery players in
March 10, 2016 - So many of you have written and called wanting information about Richard LaGarde - one of
As for the question - how is he? I believe it would be safe to say that he is doing very well given his circumstances.
Having said all these nice things about him, I'd be willing to bet that he does have vices but I haven't identified
Bottom line - because he was in such good health when he was diagnosed, he should be able to with stand the
As for an address to send him a get well card - send it to his office and Mary Pat, his wife, will take him his mail.
Richard LaGarde, c/o
LaGarde Law Firm,
3000 Weslayan Ste. 380,
Houston, TX 77027.
We all hope he will be back at work soon. That's it for now.
Feb 25, 2016 - Great news - today the court ruled in favor of the players - G-Tech can be sued! The lawsuit
We want everyone to know first hand what the lottery and G-Tech does to unsuspecting players under the premise
Here's the first story of many stories to come on the subject ... Time Warner News.
Feb 22, 2016 - A number of people have called to tell me that I needed to read the comments posted by players
Also, if you haven't read the comments posted by players on the Petition - you should do that too! Click here
Feb 21, 2016 - Before I start this editorial, I need for you to understand that I am wearing two hats now. First and foremost,
My second hat is that I am a plaintiff
in a lawsuit against G-Tech. This second role has caused me to hesitate in my reporting for
But I'm going to speak up today - you've been hollering at me because I haven't written
anything so here you go ... I'm going to
About Thursday's court hearing (02/18/16) ...
Private sector companies do not enjoy sovereign immunity - meaning the company can not be sued for wrongdoing.
All of us in
Logically speaking, anytime changes are made on anything - then that change often times effects other things. That my friend,
FYI - G-Tech is also claiming they had absolutely nothing to do with it the language on the Fun 5 tickets - you know, that's the
Anyway, the Judge in Austin, Judge Amy Meachum, was attentive, she cared, she asked questions and she said
she was going to
Judge Meachum said she would rule rather quickly so I think we'll have a decision next week. I honestly expect her to rule that G-Tech
Some juicy details ... G-Tech employees deposed ...
Therefore, in my un-educated legal opinion, I believe they committed perjury. They ARE, after all, in the business
of designing and
Not only that, but it was also revealed that both G-Tech and the TLC found out within a few days of launching the Fun 5's
the time G-Tech employees were deposed - they all knew that this very language was used on winning tickets in
I really didn't intend to get into all this - I just get mad every time I think about the things they've done and said
to me and to the people
Those of us in
the private sector would NEVER get away with this. There are laws forbidding such tactics in communicating with
About that "security reason" for changing the parameters ...
Having just said this about the TLC not wanting store clerks to easily identify which tickets are winners - guess what? The TLC
And the TLC
You know why? Because they are selling this
ticket for $20 - but the true cost of the ticket is $15. This is
I've got to give Mr. Grief credit where credit is due ....
I want to take this opportunity ....
As you also know, the press was there too. The story aired Thursday night. If you want to watch it. Click here.
10,000 Signatures Wanted ....
In closing ....
Feb 1, 2016 - Denise Deckard's petition has exploded! As I write this, she has nearly 7700 signatures which is fantastic. I really want to thank all of you who have taken your time to post notices and links in social media and sent emails to family and friends so they can sign it too. I hope she reaches 10,000.
I have no idea when she's planning to send her letter, the petition and the comments to the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker but hopefully it will be a wake up call for them. Maybe our elected officials will finally spend a little time reviewing the games offered and actions taken by Texas Lottery staff.
Some of you have commented about the upcoming Commission Meeting (2/4/16) thinking the Commissioners might discuss this petition. Don't count on any such discussion during the meeting. First of all, it's not on the agenda and they usually don't discuss such topics in their public meetings. Rather, this is something they discuss behind closed doors and in private phone calls. To get this information on the record, someone needs to attend a meeting and comment. Wouldn't it be something if we could get 1000 players to attend a Commission meeting!
Now, on the other hand, I would not be surprised if I learned that Mr. Grief had already alerted the legislature that a petition is forthcoming. My guess is that he would most likely tell the legislature that an irate player or instigator has started it and is just trying to make a profit from the state for personal gain. <grin> Never mind that he's actually describing himself when he makes such statements - after all - he's the one who continued to sell deceptive/fraudulent tickets to the public for financial gain ("easy money"). Mr. Grief should remember that when he points a finger at someone else, there's 4 fingers pointing back at him.
OK - enough said about Mr. Grief.
I don't know if you've read the comments players have made on the petition. If not, you really should go read them. There are lots of great comments and one really got my attention. It was from a person who said she was a temp for G-Tech in accounts payable and could write a book about G-Tech. WHOA ... what a statement. I'd love to talk to her! Maybe she'll see this and call me. (972) 686-0660. Anyway, the point to reading the comments is that I think all elected officials should read the letter and the comments. Not just the three that Denice plans to send them to.
Having said this, I contacted my State Senator and my State Rep to let them know about this petition. I sent them a link so they could read the comments and see how their constituents feel. Should you want to do the same, click here to find your State Senator and State Rep. When you find your state rep and Senator by typing in your address, you'll find a link to his/her website. From their site, you can send them an email. Just copy and paste the below link to include in your message ... (be sure to tell them that it's a petition calling for "honesty and fairness from the Texas Lottery" with nearly 7700 signatures.)
I'm not into social media but it's looking more and more like I'm going to have to get into it. Ya'll have been suggesting it for a long time now so I'm almost ready to start learning my way around. The calls referencing twitter, facebook, instagram, you tube and the such has my attention. I want to see what ya'll are talking about but haven't been able to. So ...maybe soon I'll get involved in social media.
If you haven't signed the petition calling for an honest and fair lottery, please do. Here's another link.
Friday, Jan 22, she sent me an email informing me that she had posted a link to her petition on the Lottery Post facebook page. The minute I read her message, I said to myself, "well that'll never last!" Sure enough, Todd Northrop or someone from lotterypost.com removed the link to the Texas petition.
This is beyond me. Todd claims to be a player and is running a website that shares lottery news and allows his members to post comments for all to read. I have noticed in the past that he censors the comments and if it is one he doesn't like, it is removed. In the last couple of years, several of his "members" have commented about their not being able to post what they wanted to post.
Of course, that was no surprise to me as I too have had my difficulties with Todd. <grin> In fact, I posted a rather large story back in 2010. If you want to read what I posted, click here.
For those of you who are members of Todds website, then I'd like to request that you try to post a link to the Petition to help spread the word. I don't think I know anyone who does not want an honest lottery and fair games of chance. Just copy and paste this for your link.
My comments on the Dallas courts ruling ...
The truth is out of the bag ....
Excerpt taken from top of page 3 -
For a complete explanation including excerpts from depositions ...
If you read the above Response, you will have no doubts that you really could read ... based on the wording of the instructions, our tickets should have been winning tickets. I can't help but wonder if the TLC ever told members of the legislature that they failed to change the instructions on the ticket when it was decided to put money bags on non-winning tickets. They did this to keep store clerks from identifying and stealing winning tickets.
Did the TLC mislead the our elected officials?
Finally, do ya'll remember your elected officials telling you that the TLC reported to them that they had only received a FEW complaints from players. It has now come out that the TLC received an est 100 complaints daily for 7 weeks but ignored every one of them. And I don't think this figure includes those who went to claim centers to collect their prizes. I find it hard to believe that any elected official would find this acceptable.
It will be interesting to see what action they take for players over this issue. Plus action is needed regarding Director Grief's inaccuracies to the press regarding his state paid trip to Delaware. Just in case you didn't know it, the last time a "Director" - Linda Cloud - failed to tell the truth to a reporter, well, she resigned as soon as it hit the papers!
That's all for today. If you have not signed Denice Deckard's petition, please do so now and help her spread the word.
Current Fun 5's Update Page, Click here
The Attorneys Representing The Lottery Players
(The Fun 5's Update page was originally posted: Oct 3, 2014 - PM)
Related Fun 5's Links
What To Do If You Have A Money
Bag on Your Fun 5's Ticket
Read then DO IT ... (The 1st story posted (9/8/14)
on the Fun 5's scratch ticket) ... Click here
Fun 5's - Questions & Answers
Everything you have been asking me
is covered here! Posted 9/21/14.
Rule 202 Petition Filed In Travis County
This is NOT a lawsuit - We're asking for the
Courts to allow us to take depositions. Petition
is easy to read and understand. A great read!
Click here, pdf. Filing Receipt, click here to see.
Posted 10/16/14. Do keep making those calls ...
My Letter To The District Attorney
RE: Fun 5's Scratch Ticket
Click here, a pdf
Official Fun 5's Rule
If you want to know that much about it.
Houston Attorney Shares A
Sample Demand Letter
that he sent to the Texas Lottery on behalf of his clients.
An interesting read. I do appreciate his sharing this letter
to help you understand your case from a legal standpoint.
Click here (pdf).
Media Coverage - Fun 5's
This is NOT all of them!
ABC - KTRK TV Houston
NBC - KXAS - Dallas
Dallas Morning News
Kens5 - San Antonio - TV.
Click 2 - Houston
Fox 7 - Austin
Austin American Statesman/Longview
Good Morning America (Can't find link)
Channel 11 TV - Fort Worth - 10/21/14
Courthouse News (10/21/14)
Houston Chronicle (10/23/14)
Dallas Morning News, (10/24/14)
Courthouse News, (10/24/14)
Dallas Morning News, (12/10/14)
Houston Chronicle, (12/10/14)
4 Traders (12/11/14)
Courthouse News (12/11/14)
News Journal (!2/12/14)
WacoTrib (AP) (12/11/14)
Time Warner News (02/22/16)
Time Warner News (02/25/16)
USA Today - Caller Times (1/23/18)
Texas Lotto Report
(All About the Texas Lottery)
P. O. Box 495033
Garland, Texas 75049-5033
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