New twist on foreign lottery scheme
There's a new twist to an old scheme that continues to lure people in. Con-artists have come up with one more way to deceive potential victims of foreign lottery scams.
U.S. Postal Inspector Michael Larson said, He explained to me... I mean who doesn't dream of winning the lottery? He was contacted and told you have won the lottery and in order to collect that prize money you need to pay the taxes to get it out of the country and to the us.
The victim sent the money. In fact, he sent all ...
Oct 3, 2013, 6:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Man accused of murder over lost lottery ticket
Bruce Butler, a General Motors retiree who played the lottery for 40 years, didn't gun down a Southfield liquor store employee because he was angry he'd left a winning ticket on the counter months earlier, his attorney says.
If Butler had won a $1 million prize, he would have known better than to try to cash it at a liquor store, attorney Joe Niskar said in his opening statement Friday.
But while Niskar contends police got the wrong man, prosecutors say they have evidence to prove Butler, ...
Sep 24, 2013, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
Convicted murderer Dee Dee Moore denies killing lotto winner
Includes video report
Dee Dee Moore, the woman who was convicted of murdering Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, said in an interview from prison that she was not guilty and blamed her legal team for her guilty verdict.
I would never harm another human being, Moore said. I would never hurt nobody! I like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and Disney!
Moore, 41, sat down for an interview in a cell block cafeteria at the Lowell Correctional Institute in Ocala, Fla., where she is serv ...
Sep 10, 2013, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
7 years later, real winner awarded $5M lottery jackpot
Nearly seven years after a winning $5 million scratch-off lottery ticket was snatched from his hands, Robert Miles of Syracuse, New York, will finally get his money.
Lottery officials contacted the district attorney's office with the news today, according to Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick. A source in the state lottery office confirmed that the ticket has been verified and the money will be issued to Mr. Miles in the very near future.
The winning ticket, a jackpot E ...
Aug 28, 2013, 5:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Former MD Lottery employee pleads guilty of stealing tickets, cashing winners
The office of the Maryland Attorney General said Tuesday a former Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency employee pleaded guilty to theft after stealing thousands of lottery tickets and cashing in winners for $67,000.
Mark Barron Hantske, 59, of Lothian, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to two counts of felony theft over $10,000.
Prosecutors say between June 2008 and February 2012, while employed as a lottery sales representative, Hantske stole more than 7,500 scratc ...
Aug 22, 2013, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
NY man gets maximum sentence for stolen $5M lottery ticket
A former auto dealership manager convicted of possessing an apartment complex maintenance worker's winning $5 million New York lottery ticket was sentenced Tuesday to up to 25 years in prison by a judge who cited his rapacious greed.
The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office said Andy Ashkar, 35, of Camillus, was sentenced Tuesday morning to the maximum sentence of 8 years, 4 months to 25 years for having the ticket that was stolen from his parents' convenience store in Syracuse in Octo ...
Jul 23, 2013, 5:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Former Arkansas Lottery official admits stealing tickets
A former Arkansas Lottery security official pleaded guilty Friday to a long-running scheme in which he's accused of stealing and cashing nearly a half-million dollars' worth of scratch-off tickets.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said the theft by Remmele Mazyck, 34, started in 2009 when the lottery launched. It wasn't discovered until October 2012, when a clerk at a Jonesboro retailer raised questions about lottery tickets Mazyck tried to cash that were registered to a store no longer in bus ...
Jul 13, 2013, 7:26 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin woman charged with stealing to buy lottery tickets
A 34-year-old Wisconsin Rapids woman authorities say stole almost $30,000 from her Saratoga employer and used some of the money to buy lottery tickets faces related charges in Wood County Circuit Court.
Sanya M. Bernal is charged with felony theft in a business setting. If convicted, she faces a maximum of six years in prison. She is scheduled to make her initial appearance July 22 on the charges.
According to the criminal complaint, Bernal was working for Saratoga Mini Mart, 8810 Highway ...
Jun 25, 2013, 9:56 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. store clerk accused of stealing lottery tickets
A Glen Head, New York, convenience store clerk stole about $64,000 in scratch-off lottery tickets from the business over a three-month period, Nassau County police said Tuesday.
Donna King, 48, of 26 Clement St., Glen Cove, faces a charge of second-degree grand larceny and was arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead, where bail was set at $2,500 bond or $1,250 cash, records show. She's due back in court Thursday.
From February through May, King worked at the counter of the S ...
May 29, 2013, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Three NY store clerks held in theft of $75,000 lottery ticket
He was a Guatemalan immigrant who spoke little English and had a fondness for scratch-off lottery tickets; they were two clerks at a Long Island gas station who saw an opportunity.
When the clerks scanned Marvin Choy Nij's Take 5 lottery ticket and gave him $774, congratulating him on his windfall, he never suspected the real worth of his lucky ticket: $74,892, which the clerks, Yalcin Nergiz, 41, and Yunis Ozturk, 33, promptly cashed in for themselves, the Suffolk County district attorney, T ...
May 8, 2013, 10:33 pm - Lottery News forum