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Jackpot! States With Biggest Lottery Payouts

Lotteries are big businesses in most states, and they can provide windfalls for both the winning ticket-holders and state coffers. But which states give the most back to ticket-holders and through government services?

False Deeds in Md.: More Foreclosure Fraud Emerges

As if we needed more proof of the outlaw actions of banks and their agents, The Baltimore Sun reports that 1,000 or more Maryland deeds are likely forgeries created by a foreclosure mill. If the accusation is true, the false deeds will create a nightmare for the innocent people who bought the homes.

HSBC's Foreclosure 'Moratorium' Has Big Holes in it

HSBC announced late last month that it had put all of its U.S. foreclosures on hold to review their documents -- back in December. So why are its lawyers still pushing cases ahead? HSBC also says it doesn't robo-sign. So why does its annual report mention foreclosure document problems that sound so much like those caused by robo-signing?

Illegal Immigrants: Moving to America's Center

Illegal immigrant populations are shrinking in New York, Florida and the Mountain West states, as undocumented workers relocate to states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a report released last week.

20 Metro Areas With the Worst Credit Card Debt

Equifax has ranked the U.S. metropolitan areas that are still suffering the most from high credit card debt, and found the majority of the areas with the highest debt-to-income ratios are located in six states. But the six might not be the ones you'd guess.

Q&A With a Defender of Florida's 'Rocket Docket' Foreclosures

Lee County, Florida has become infamous for speeding foreclosure cases through its courts. The super-charged system -- or "rocket docket" -- can dispense with a foreclosure case in minutes, sometimes mere seconds. DailyFinance spoke with the Lee County Clerk who says the "rocket docket" was his idea.

Florida Is Still Letting Banks Break the Rules in Foreclosure Cases

An affidavit in a court case needs to include the documents that support its claims. Except for banks in Florida foreclosure cases. Despite the massive robo-signing scandal and evidence of errors in mortgage files, judges there still merely take the bank's word about what you owe.

N.J. Digs Out from Blizzard Without Gov. or Lt. Gov.

New Jersey residents voted in 2005 to give their state a lieutenant governor, so even though Gov. Chris Christie is on vacation in Florida while his state is getting pounded by a blizzard, the should be no leadership vacuum in Trenton. But his backup, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, picked this week to go away on vacation too.

A Florida Housing Development Stalls, and the Cows Move In

Jerilee Wei never expected to be living next to a cow pasture when she bought her home in Lakeland, Fla., in 2007. In her upscale community, newly constructed houses were selling for between $300,000 and $425,000. Then one morning she woke up and found some cattle had moved in.

Spirit Airlines Files for $300 Million IPO

Spirit Airlines filed plans for an IPO worth as much as $300 million. The airline, which offers low-cost travel to and from South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America, would retain about half of the proceeds of the IPO and use most of the rest to pay down debt, The Wall Street Journal said.

10 Worst Places to Live

You don't need the U.S. Misery Index to tell you that things are bad in the U.S. Unemployment is near or at all-time highs in many parts of the...

BP Oil Spill Could Lower Gulf Coast Home Prices By $56,000

The decline in property values could total $3 billion over five years, Bloomberg reported, citing real estate data company CoreLogic. The BP oil spill could wipe out the premium that buyers normally pay to be near the ocean. The total losses along the Gulf coast could total $3 billion over five years, Bloomberg reported, citing real estate data company CoreLogic Inc. The spill could wipe out the premium that buyers normally pay to be near the ocean.

Winn-Dixie to Close 30 Stores, Reduce Staff in Cost-Cutting Plan

Winn-Dixie Stores (WINN) will close 30 stores and reduce staff as part of a multi-million dollar cost-cutting plan. The company plans to eliminate 120 positions on top of those directly related to the store closure, Winn-Dixie said in a statement. The annualized savings will be in the range of $12 million to $17million and begin to be realized after the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2011.