Oregon Lottery winner goes to jail
A White City woman accused of using a dead woman's credit card to buy an Oregon Lottery ticket that won a $1 million prize has been jailed for violating her probation on a methamphetamine possession charge.
Christina Goodenow, 39, was sentenced to six months in custody for violating her probation in a 2003 methamphetamine case.
Meanwhile, she remains in a dispute with authorities over the lottery proceeds.
Authorities say Goodenow spent about $11,000 using the card of the mother of a lo ...
Nov 18, 2006, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery ticket agent guilty in fraud case
Agent lied to customer about a winning ticket
A Sylva, North Carolina, woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Jackson County Superior Court in connection with lottery fraud.
Jodi Gibson, 23, was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses and sentenced to a minimum of six months and a maximum of eight months in prison.
This is the first incident of its kind since the lottery's inception in March. Other attempts at fraud usually involved people trying to fool the system, ...
Nov 15, 2006, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
Atlantic Lotto checking fraud complaints
Atlantic Lottery Corporation is investigating several complaints from customers who are worried they may have been defrauded of lottery winnings by retailers.
The customers are concerned they might have won big prizes, but weren't told by the retailers checking the tickets, who then went on to claim the prizes as their own. Atlantic Lotto said it received the complaints in the days following reports on the CBC about similar incidents in Ontario and the United States.
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Nov 14, 2006, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Defrauded lottery winner finally gets apology -- and money
More than five years after Bob Edmonds called the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to complain that he may have been defrauded out of a winning Super 7 ticket, he has an apology and the right to speak freely.
But he still doesn't have the full $250,000 he originally won in the August 2001 draw.
The 82-year-old cancer survivor and resident of Coboconk, Ont., only ended up with a total of $202,000, after a lengthy legal proceeding against the lottery corporation.
The details of the ...
Oct 30, 2006, 5:51 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. police warn of lottery scams
Police are reminding residents to be wary of so-called international lottery scams in which large sums are promised but require recipients to send money before they can claim their prize.
Two Camden, New Jersey, residents were recently victims of this scam, police said.
One woman, an 84-year-old, sent a total of $25,000, money she got through cash advances on a credit card.
She reported the scam to police Sept. 29 after her prize money never arrived, said Camden Det. Zsakhiemcq James.
Oct 24, 2006, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery conviction sends message about disclosure
More indictments may be forthcoming
Voluntary public servants beware: Withholding information about your past could get you in serious trouble.
Changes in North Carolina ethics laws will make it harder for appointed members of boards and commissions to hide potential conflicts of interests, and the new law stiffens penalties when disclosures are incomplete.
But the five felony fraud convictions given by a federal jury Thursday to a former state lottery commissioner who lied about his p ...
Oct 18, 2006, 5:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Witness Says N.C. Lottery Commissioner Met With Possible Vendor
Within days of joining the state's lottery commission, Kevin Geddings met with a man who wanted to do business with North Carolina, an attorney testified Monday at Geddings' federal fraud trial.
Joe Lucas, a Charlotte lawyer, said he arranged for Geddings to meet with a friend who maintained instant ticket machines for the Georgia lottery. The friend performed the work under contract with Scientific Games Corp., Lucas said.
Prosecutors have accused Geddings of failing to disclose to the St ...
Oct 3, 2006, 12:29 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery fraud trial: E-mail disclosure has witness in tears
An office manager for former state lottery commissioner Kevin L. Geddings broke down in tears on the witness stand Tuesday when she was asked to read for jurors an e-mail message that Geddings had sent her last year.
The message directed Cheri Moore Pfisterer of Charlotte to not disclose that lottery vendor Scientific Games was a client of Geddings' public-relations firm.
Geddings sent the message four days after House Speaker Jim Black appointed him to the lottery commission.
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Sep 27, 2006, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery fraud trial puts S.C. Lottery under microscope
The federal trial of Kevin L. Geddings is probing as deeply into his pro-lottery work in South Carolina as it is into his activities leading up to his appointment last year to North Carolina's lottery commission.
And the evidence presented so far by prosecutors suggests they see a pattern of conduct payments to Geddings by lottery vendor Scientific Games in exchange for helping the company win lottery business.
Testimony and evidence show that creating a lottery in the Palmetto state ...
Sep 27, 2006, 12:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Trial in N.C. lottery fraud case begins
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that former N.C. lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings spent 60 telltale days last year working for a lottery company, holding a state lottery post and deceiving the public.
In opening statements in Geddings' fraud case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy said Geddings had a lucrative relationship with lottery vendor Scientific Games that was a conflict of interest as a commissioner. By failing to disclose the relationship, Duffy said Geddings violated a law ...
Sep 22, 2006, 2:30 pm - Lottery News forum