Lottery ticket thief tries to claim prize at same store
Police say a 22-year-old Winter Haven man walked into a Circle K last week and stole $70 worth of Florida Scratch-Off tickets then returned to the same store to cash a winning $50 ticket.
Now, Alen Nguyen is charged with one count of retail theft.
According to the Sheriff's Office, while the clerk was away from the counter, Nguyen stole about $70 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets from the store at 5600 Cypress Gardens Blvd. The clerk called authorities when she noticed a discrepancy bet ...
Mar 8, 2010, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery seeks gambling expansion
While lawmakers in the state of Florida debate how to expand casino gambling, the Florida Lottery has expansion plans of their own. This past week, the Lottery published the details of what type of new options they are looking to offer.
Last year, the Lottery added 1,000 vending machines that sold their scratch off tickets. Now, the agency would like to add more of these machines. That would require legislative approval, and there could be resistance to new outlets.
The Office of Program P ...
Feb 6, 2010, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
Mom of murdered lottery winner speaks
The mother of a murdered Florida Lottery winner is talking about her son's death. Investigators found the body of Abraham Shakespeare last week buried near a home in Plant City.
Shakespeare won a $30 million lottery jackpot in 2006, then disappeared last April.
On Tuesday, police charged 37-year-old Dee Dee Moore as an accessory to murder in the case. Shakespeare's mother, Elizabeth Walker, doesn't understand why Moore would harm her son.
I would like to say, 'Why?' Because if she need ...
Feb 6, 2010, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
Friend charged with hiding lottery winner's death
Just over a week ago, a friend of a missing Florida lottery winner approached an acquaintance with a chilling request, according to detectives: Dig up the body of the dead man in her backyard.
That woman, Dorice DeeDee Moore, was charged Tuesday with trying to conceal the slaying of the man who disappeared after winning millions. The dead man, Abraham Shakespeare, was last seen in April more than two years after he took a lump-sum payment of $17 million on a $30 million jackpot.
Moore has ...
Feb 3, 2010, 10:10 am - Lottery News forum
Remains are that of missing lottery winner
Cause of death not yet determined
A body found Thursday in Plant City is that of missing Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare of Lakeland, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office confirmed yesterday.
The body was identified through fingerprints, said Debbie Carter, Hillsborough County Sheriff spokeswoman.
The cause of death has not been determined at this time, and we do not anticipate having a cause of death until Monday, she said. The detectives have completed the search at 58 ...
Jan 30, 2010, 8:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Police: Fla. Lotto winner buried under concrete
Human remains found buried under recently added concrete at a home in Plant City, Florida, are likely those of missing lottery millionaire Abraham Shakespeare, police said Thursday.
Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said the body was slowly being uncovered. They are awaiting positive identification.
However, Gee said their investigation and information specifically led them to the area after they began to believe he might be dead because of sinister means and motives.
Our indicati ...
Jan 28, 2010, 10:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Investigators dig for evidence in missing Florida Lottery winner case
Investigators assembled at a Plant City, Fla., home, to look for evidence that the dramatic saga of a missing lottery winner ended in his murder.
Law enforcement officials from Hillsborough and Polk counties converged on two neighboring yards along Highway 60 near Farkas Road, just west of Turkey Creek Road.
Detectives with metal detectors are combing the scene, looking for evidence in connection with the case of long-missing lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare.
The dig marks yet another t ...
Jan 27, 2010, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida sheriff fears lottery winner murdered
A truck driver's assistant who won $16.9 million in the Florida lottery in 2006 is feared dead after not being seen by friends or relatives since April. Abraham Lee Shakespeare, 43, was reported missing by a police informant in November.
There are a lot of odd and bizarre circumstances in this case, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. We fear and are preparing for the worst. We're working this case as if it were a homicide.
Donna Wood, public information officer for the Polk County Sher ...
Jan 6, 2010, 5:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball helps Florida Lottery cover losses
Since the multi-state lottery game Powerball arrived in Florida a year ago, people have bought more than $430 million in tickets. But even that couldn't stop overall lottery revenue in 2009 from dropping 3 percent compared with the year before.
Lottery sales, which are usually immune from recessions, have taken a hit during the downturn. Sales have plummeted nearly $300 million since the lottery's high-water mark in 2008. It's the first significant drop since 1995.
But without the Powerbal ...
Jan 6, 2010, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery Raffle drawing crowns 9 new millionaires
One million Florida Lottery tickets had a shot at winning $1 million, and nine of those are officially chosen as the big winners.
Lottery players anxiously waiting to see if they are now among the wealthy can check their tickets at Lottery Post's Florida Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/fl).
With only 1 million tickets available for the raffle, Florida lottery ticket buyers had a better chance of winning a million dollars than with any other game offered in the state. The ...
Dec 31, 2009, 3:29 pm - Lottery News forum