by Max Brantley
The lawsuit, with Raymond Brock and Rick Tomboli as plaintiffs, was filed by the John Walker Law Firm by Lawrence Walker. It alleges that the lottery learned of ticket thefts in 2012 and continued to advertise odds for winnings without adjusting them downward, thus misrepresenting the number of prizes still to be awarded.
Remmele Mazyck, a former security official, pleaded guilty in federal court in July to stealing $478,000 in tickets. He cashed winnings and plowed them back into more tickets and wound up broke. He's awaiting sentencing.
Tomboli is plaintiff in another lawsuit against the lottery over scratch-off tickets sold at a convenience store that had been tampered with by someone to see if they were winners. They weren't, but were sold to him anyway, Tomboli alleged.
Citing the pending litigation, Lottery Director Bishop Woosley declined comment.