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
Charges against wife of Powerball lottery winner dropped
Powerball winner's wife clear after paying of child support arrearage
A judge on Wednesday dismissed a felony charge against the wife of Powerball jackpot winner David Edwards.
Boyd Circuit Judge Marc I. Rosen granted a request by County Attorney Phillip Hedrick to drop a criminal non-support charge against 32-year-old Shawna Edwards.
Hedrick told the judge Edwards had paid off her child support arrearage about $17,000 and was current on her monthly payments. Those were the conditio ...
Aug 31, 2007, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Woman must forfeit $1 million lottery jackpot
A White City, Oregon, woman must turn over her lottery winnings after a judge said she won them illegally.
Prosecutors said Christina Goodenow, of White City, used a credit card that belonged to her then-boyfriend's dead mother to buy a winning $1 million Scratch-It ticket in Oct. 2005.
Goodenow asked lottery officials to keep her win quiet, claiming to be a victim of domestic violence. But police learned of the crime about two weeks later, as Goodenow continued to use the stolen credit ca ...
Aug 11, 2007, 9:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Quebec Lottery winners' names to kept secret
As they daydreamed about winning the jackpot yesterday, some Loto-Quebec regulars were sure about one thing.
No names and definitely no picture of me in the paper, said Brigitte Serpa, a waitress at the Euro Deli on St. Laurent Blvd. who spends about $40 a month on Super 7 and 6/49 tickets.
Serpa, 34, said a new Loto-Quebec policy not to publicize any details about people who win more than $4 million suits her just fine.
The publicity restriction comes after an alleged extortion plot ...
Jul 24, 2007, 11:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery scams hard to resist for some
What if you got home today and found a letter in your mailbox telling you that you won thousands of dollars in a Canadian lottery?
It sounds like great news, but it's actually a scam that's costing Americans millions of dollars every year.
Too Good To Be True
This is the scam we get the most calls and e-mails about. And it's very convincing because the letter comes with a check that looks real.
So a Pennsylvania TV news crew went to Canada to find out how the scam works and where you ...
Jun 27, 2007, 10:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket thief gets 20 years
It probably wasn't the prize he was hoping for.
Instead of a large cash payout, a Holyoke, Massachusetts, man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting he stole more than $1,600 worth of lottery scratch tickets from convenience stores.
George Cordero pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court this week to breaking and entering into a building at night with the intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building, larceny over $250 and other charges in connection with thefts from th ...
Jun 20, 2007, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Police foil alleged plot to kidnap lottery winners
Police in Montreal say they've foiled a bizarre extortion and murder plot apparently aimed at a couple who pocketed a $27 million lottery jackpot last month.
An 18-year-old Mexican citizen was arrested Monday afternoon in a Montreal neighbourhood and arraigned yesterday for conspiracy to abduct, conspiracy to commit murder and other charges.
Edwin Scarlotte Mata Lima, who arrived in Canada four months ago, is alleged to have planned the murder of Zenovij Pacholuk and Dolores Coffey, winner ...
Jun 20, 2007, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Fake lottery ticket costs New Mexico man $25,000
A Las Cruces, New Mexico, man was conned out of $25,000 by two men who claimed to have a winning lottery ticket.
The men were selling the winning ticket because they were unable to claim the cash prize as a result of not being in the United States legally.
The 80-year-old victim stated he was approached by the two men Friday, June 8, outside the Wal-Mart on Walton Blvd.
The suspects allegedly talked the victim into withdrawing $25,000 from his bank account in exchange for a lottery ti ...
Jun 13, 2007, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery thief sets himself on fire
Firefighters said it can't get more ironic than this: an arsonist breaks into a convenience store, steals scratch-off lottery tickets, tries to cover his tracks by setting a fire, and in the process, sets himself on fire.
It happened early Thursday morning in Rome, Georgia, just off of Rockmart Highway.
Safarez Chunara surveyed his store on Friday the first time he and his family had seen the damage. The inside is completely torched.
We trying to work and serve the community, Chunar ...
Jun 2, 2007, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum