Postal agents intercept, destroy fake lottery checks
Includes video report
Instead of sending foreign lottery letters and checks directly to you from Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica or Mexico, more and more, scammers are sending big batches of letters in a box, to middlemen in the United States.
Each letter is stuffed in a pre-addressed envelope and many envelopes are stamped with American postage. The return addresses are typically just a private mailing center in an American city. The person who picks up the box may hand it off to yet another ...
Mar 4, 2014, 1:14 pm - Lottery News forum
How lottery tickets are helping states' budgets
The scores of losing players in this week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets.
Changes in the nationwide Powerball and Mega Millions games have led to some of the world's largest jackpots in the last two years, boosting player interest and sales. Fueled by the growth of those games and the steady expansion of other offerings, many sta ...
Feb 24, 2014, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery tickets accidentally shipped to man's house
A metro Atlanta man opened up a box with a gift he ordered on the Internet to find a treasure of scratch-off lottery tickets.
Darryl Bufford told a local reporter that a UPS box arrived this week with a gift he bought from Macy's.
Bufford set the package aside for a few days and opened it when he noticed some of the tape had been pulled loose.
Inside Bufford found eight stacks of unopened scratch-off lottery tickets.
My first thought was, 'Merry Christmas, Bufford said.
The Georg ...
Dec 8, 2013, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
'Miracle' lottery win to let man visit gravely ill nephew, 7
Conrad Selle's sister in France called Sunday with bad news: If he wants to see his 7-year-old nephew, who is losing a hard-fought battle with leukemia, he should come now.
It was weighing on my heart, said the computer systems analyst who still is recovering from being out of work until March. I had no way to pay for it.
Then, that night, he won $10,000 in the lottery.
Thanks to what he said must be a providential thing, Selle and his son, Lucas, 15, will leave Monday for Paris. Beyo ...
Oct 14, 2013, 4:41 pm - Lottery News forum
5 greatest movies featuring a lottery win
Be honest: every time you play the lottery, the same fantasy runs through your head, of you sitting in a bath full of champagne, wearing a top hat and monocle, and throwing wads of cash into the air gleefully. Before you've even left the shop, you've spent half the money that you're almost definitely destined to win, no matter what the actual odds.
Feeding this fantasy is the many, many movies that have involved lottery wins, and the results for the winners. They are invariably everyman chara ...
Oct 9, 2013, 2:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon bartender's tip turns out to be lottery ticket worth $17,500
A Springfield, Oregon, bartender won big this week, when a Keno ticket given to her as a tip turned out to be worth $17,500.
Aurora Kephart, 25, who has worked at Conway's Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield's Thurston neighborhood for almost four years, often receives unplayed Keno tickets as tips from a bar regular. On Tuesday evening, the male patron, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a handful of Keno tickets and asked Kephart to choose the two she wanted.
When she checked the nu ...
Oct 7, 2013, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
'Lucky 7' canceled: ABC series pulled after two episodes
Lucky 7's luck has run out, and it is about to endure a lot of jokes about its unfortunate title.
ABC has axed the freshman drama after just two episodes, making it the first cancellation of the 2013-14 season.
ABC knows one thing that's working. Starting Oct. 8, the network will plug repeats of Scandal into Tuesday's 10 p.m. hour. The Shonda Rhimes drama hit series highs in its season-three premiere, jumping a whopping 71 percent from last fall.
The writing was on the wall for Lucky 7 ...
Oct 4, 2013, 8:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon radio station behind mystery cash prizes in grocery stores
People thought it was a local lotto winner
The mystery surrounding a series of $100 bills recently tucked into items at grocery stores in Oregon has been solved. Turns out, the good deeds were the work of a Portland radio station trying to drum up publicity and spread some good fortune.
Despite speculation that the mystery donor was an unidentified local lottery winner, on Wednesday, The New 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) announced that it was responsible for mysterious windfalls occurring around Or ...
Sep 27, 2013, 11:54 am - Lottery News forum
When love and lotto don't mix
Includes audio report
Imagine winning lotto. If you're happily married you'll be sharing your windfall with your spouse without a second thought and if you're not so happily married, and you've separated, the money's all yours, right?
It turns out things are not that simple and the Family Court could award a substantial amount to your ex. Believe it or not, there are quite a few cases involving lost love and lotto.
Damien Carrick: Today on the Law Report, law students who ...
Sep 18, 2013, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery game development: Little left to chance
Standing at the vending machine or counter display, it's hard to tell which instant lottery game is the hot ticket to buy.
But to the Pennsylvania Lottery officials, every game in the display is considered hot or it wouldn't be there.
Every one of the 50 to 54 instant lottery games introduced each year receives an abundance of forethought from how it looks, how it's played and how it will be received by players.
We can't afford a so-so game, said Drew Svitko, the lottery's deputy execu ...
Aug 27, 2013, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum