Jamaican lottery scams spread despite US crackdown
The 88-year-old retired Coast Guard officer hadn't been outside the U.S. in decades. Yet phone calls started pouring in from Jamaica, dangling the prospects of huge winnings from an international lottery that he had won.
There was a catch, of course. He had to send a check to pay the tax on his winnings. He wired the money to Jamaica. Soon he was ensnared in a scam that may cost him his home in an assisted living facility outside Seattle.
It's been heartbreaking, said Ruth Wilson, a Seatt ...
Apr 19, 2012, 11:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner who kept cashing welfare checks charged with fraud
A Michigan lottery winner was charged with fraud Tuesday for collecting food stamps and public health insurance despite pocketing a $735,000 jackpot.
Amanda Clayton, 25, was silent during a brief court hearing after spending a night in jail. A not-guilty plea was entered, and her lawyer vowed to fight the charges.
Clayton is the second person in Michigan caught with food stamps despite newly minted wealth. Gov. Rick Snyder last week signed a law requiring the lottery to notify the Human Se ...
Apr 17, 2012, 7:14 pm - Lottery News forum
NY lottery winner charged with welfare fraud
Apparently one New York resident thinks getting $1,000 a week for life is not enough, and the taxpayers should give him more.
A western New York lottery winner has been accused of improperly receiving more than $4,000 in public assistance.
The Orleans County sheriff's office says 51-year-old Anthony Palermo of Albion began receiving $1,000 a week in 1998 after winning the Win for Life scratch-off lottery game. Police said Thursday that Palermo applied for and began receiving Medicaid and h ...
Apr 13, 2012, 4:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Feds seize gambling site Bodog, indict founder
The sports gambling site Bodog was shut down and four Canadians indicted, including founder Calvin Ayre, for illegal gambling that generated more than $100 million in winnings, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
The website's domain name was seized Monday and the indictments, which were returned Feb. 22, were unveiled Tuesday in Baltimore, prosecutors said.
The indictments follow federal prosecutions last year of three of the biggest websites involved in online poker. More than 75 comp ...
Feb 29, 2012, 7:19 am - Lottery News forum
Lotto tickets bought with bags of coins lead to bust in massive Metro theft
A long-running scam to steal thousands of Metro riders' fares unraveled this week after a man in a police uniform driving a Jaguar bought thousands of Virginia lottery tickets with bags and bags of apparently stolen coins.
A tip about the odd purchases led authorities to an extensive investigation involving GPS-tracked cars, surveillance videos from Woodbridge gas stations and money drops by an Alexandria underpass.
Now two Metro veterans, Horace Dexter McDade, 58, of Bowie, and John Vince ...
Jan 20, 2012, 7:55 am - Lottery News forum
Mich. lottery winner burns through money, gets jail time for drugs
A Williams Township, Michigan, lottery winner will be spending about the next month and a half behind bars for illegally possessing a prescription painkiller.
Isabella County Trial Court Judge Mark H. Duthie on Thursday sentenced Leroy N. Fick, 59, to 45 days in jail with credit for three days served. Upon release, he will serve one year of probation and must also pay several court fines and costs.
Fick was late in appearing for the 2 p.m. hearing in Duthie's courtroom and had to be picked ...
Jan 14, 2012, 1:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Prize money awarded to rightful lottery ticket holder
The Tennessee Lottery on Tuesday presented a $200,000 Powerball prize to a Sumner County man whose winning ticket was allegedly stolen by two convenience store clerks earlier this year.
The clerks were arrested and their case is pending in the Sumner County court system.
I am so thankful for the work that has gone into getting this prize to me, said Roy Chase, a retired employee of the Ford Glass Plant. This is a blessing for me and my family.
Police said Chase took the winning Powerb ...
Nov 23, 2011, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery tries to recover $12.5M insider win
Chung family created 'spider web' of properties, bank accounts
More than seven years after a Toronto-area woman cashed in a stolen $12.5 million Lotto Super 7 ticket, Ontario's lottery corporation is trying to recoup the money, but the lengthy wait may have cost the Crown agency.
CBC News has learned that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) filed a lawsuit in March against the woman who claimed the ticket, Kathleen Chung, and her family and associated companies for deliberatel ...
Nov 15, 2011, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Woman accused of killing Florida lottery winner sued by victim's estate
The estate of slain Lakeland, Florida, lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare has filed another lawsuit against the woman accused of killing him.
The latest lawsuit, filed last week in Tampa's courthouse, accuses Dorice DeeDee Moore of taking more than $1 million from Shakespeare.
The estate is seeking 121 items, including many pieces of jewelry, a Rolex watch, six computers and two cameras.
The valuables were seized by Hillsborough County deputies during the investigation into Shakespeare' ...
Oct 14, 2011, 5:47 pm - Lottery News forum
West Virginia Lottery rule change raises safety issue
Limited video lottery retailers and machine distributors raised concerns Wednesday that a proposed West Virginia Lottery Commission rule change could put their employees at greater risk of being robbed.
The commission is attempting to clarify state Lottery law regarding how video lottery retailers bar and club owners and machine distributors are to split their share of video lottery profits.
As drafted, the rule change would clarify that, under state law, payments between distributors and ...
Sep 29, 2011, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum