Heartbreak: Lottery scam led to NJ grandmother's suicide
A Jamaica-based lottery scam promising a $2.5 million windfall cost Ann Mowle her entire life savings of $248,000 before the 72-year-old grandmother from Monroe decided she had enough.
Mowle donated her clothes to charity, left her beloved toy poodle Molly at a dog groomers and drove to Spring Lake on Oct. 31. A pair of fishermen found her body on the edge of a jetty at the Worthington Avenue beach the next day. Investigators determined Mowle's death was a suicide.
Mowle's family blames ...
Nov 12, 2007, 11:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Police file charges in illegal lottery
After a four-year investigation, Burlington, North Carolina, Police charged two men and have warrants drawn on a third in connection to a butter and egg lottery operation.
Police seized more than $6,000 Friday evening as well as a shotgun, illegal lottery tickets and several grams of cocaine and marijuana, according to a Burlington Police Department news release.
Police say they have charged mid-level participants in the illegal gambling operation that used to be considered a poor man ...
Nov 12, 2007, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
Chinese Man Hacks Lottery System, Gets Life in Prison
Note to self: Next visit to China, don't try rigging the lottery.
A Chinese lottery ticket seller has been jailed for life for fraud for taking advantage of a system flaw to cash 28 million yuan ($3.76 million) in tickets illegally, state media said Tuesday.
Zhao Liqun discovered the flaw in the Welfare Lottery 3D system in 2005 that let a person buy tickets with the right numbers within five minutes of their being announced, sources at the Intermediate People's Court in Anshan, northea ...
Nov 8, 2007, 2:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Employee hacks into online poker site
A leading Internet poker site said Friday that a hacker exploited a security flaw to gain an insurmountable edge in high-stakes, no-limit Texas holdem tournaments the ability to see his opponents' hole cards.
The cheater, whose illegitimate winnings were estimated at between $400,000 and $700,000 by one victim, was an employee of AbsolutePoker.com who hacked the system to show that it could be done, a spokesman for the company anonymously told a reporter.
This is literally a geek trying ...
Oct 25, 2007, 9:43 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee couple accused of stealing thousands of lottery tickets
A Maryville, Tennessee, couple is out on bond after being accused of stealing thousands of lottery tickets.
Linda Dillow, 59, and Charles Dillow, 50, are accused of stealing from the Easy Way Exxon in Maryville, where both worked.
The owner noticed a discrepancy on the books with regard to the number of lottery tickets that had left the story. The owner watched the store's surveillance video to get a better idea of what was going on.
Police say the video showed Linda Dillow stealing $ ...
Oct 16, 2007, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon waitress gets four years in lottery heist
A 33-year-old Beaverton, Oregon, waitress was sentenced to four years in prison today for robbing a lottery outlet and hitting the clerk over the head with a whiskey bottle.
Angela Marie Kotoff pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery. As part of a plea deal, the case was removed from Measure 11 sentencing and charges of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon were dropped.
According to police reports, Kotoff went to Dotty's Deli at 12266 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road in Tigard after s ...
Sep 26, 2007, 11:40 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket theft wins larceny count
A nurse's aide faces a larceny charge after she allegedly stole a winning $3,125 lottery ticket from an elderly town woman who cares for physically and mentally handicapped children in her home.
Monica Blackwell-Simms, 38, of Newfield Avenue, Bridgeport, is charged with third-degree larceny following her arrest Wednesday by state authorities.
Blackwell-Simms worked for the Stratford-based Family Care Visiting Nurse Home Care Agency at the time, said Kevin McGuire, an investigator with th ...
Sep 24, 2007, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Major lottery winner says he's a fraud victim
Ex-carpet cleaner sues to recover more than $3.5 million
British Columbia's biggest lottery winner claims he was bilked of more than $3.5 million less than 18 months after the windfall, by false friends helped by two Vancouver lawyers and an accountant.
Tsering Luding, the carpet cleaner who scored $24 million from Super 7, says he was defrauded in a sophisticated sting featuring phony financial statements and $100,000 payments delivered in banded bills wrapped in plastic bags. He is tryin ...
Sep 12, 2007, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Clerk tricks lotto winner, pockets money
A man who went to a 7-Eleven in Roseville, Calif., to check on his lottery tickets had picked the right numbers, but state officials said it was the clerk who almost hit the jackpot.
The female clerk told the customer he won $4 on his Mega Millions picks for Aug. 14, and then pocketed his winning ticket worth $555,000, California Lottery officials said.
However, the clerk's alleged scheme fell apart after the unnamed victim became suspicious and called lottery officials.
Rajinder Kaur, ...
Sep 7, 2007, 10:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Thieves burn store, steal lottery tickets
Latest in string of lottery ticket thefts
The boarded up windows at John Patel's convenience store hide the damage within.
These people, I don't know what to think about them, Patel said of the people who set his business on fire. They're mentally sick, I think. Why they did the fire, I don't understand.
Early Monday morning, two men broke into Patel's store on Dean Street in Rome, Georgia, stole at least 30 rolls of scratch off lottery tickets, then set a fire in an attempt to cov ...
Sep 5, 2007, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum