Lottery Post member turns up the heat on the Hoosier Lottery
Is the Indiana Lottery vulnerable to inside tampering?
By Kevin Leininger
Fort Wayne News Sentinel
You'd think Jim Grimes would be happy.
After all, the retired Noble County engineer, whose concerns about the integrity of the Hoosier Lottery were the subject of a column in June 2004, helped spark an investigation that led to three indictments in an alleged million-dollar scam. But, if anything, Grimes is even more frustrated than he was when we first talked nearly two years ago - even ...
Jan 31, 2006, 6:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana lottery rigger faces 50-year penalty
William C. Foreman could spend 50 years in state prison if he's convicted of stealing secrets from the Hoosier Lottery in an effort to rig a million-dollar scratch-off game.But the former lottery security official's trial has been delayed so he can challenge the constitutionality of the nation's harshest penalty for breaching lottery security.The state's top lottery official, Esther Q. Schneider, favors the stiff penalty to deter inside jobs that threaten public confidence in the Hoosier Lottery ...
Jan 30, 2006, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
West Lafayette man wins $1 million on last 'Hoosier Millionaire'
A West Lafayette, Indiana, man won $1,022,000 on the final Hoosier Millionaire television show, which ended its 16-year run Saturday night with a special broadcast.Clarence Moore's winnings on the Grand Finale show boosted his total prize money, including winnings from preliminary rounds, to $1,044,000. He became the show's 191st and last millionaire.After drawing from 36,000 entries, 12 semifinalists were selected to compete in two preliminary rounds, where the top six players competed in t ...
Jan 2, 2006, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Deadline Passes For Unclaimed $100K Lottery Ticket
Time, and luck, has run out for whoever bought a Powerball ticket worth $100,000 last summer at a northern Indiana gas station.Wednesday's deadline for redeeming the ticket passed with no one claiming their prize, which would have paid off around $75,000 after taxes, Hoosier Lottery officials said.The ticket, which matched five of six numbers in the drawing, was purchased at a D-Mart store in Lake County's Calumet Township for the June 18 Powerball drawing.Store manager Pali Singh said his custo ...
Dec 19, 2005, 7:18 am - Lottery News forum
Hoosier Lottery to close Muncie office
Hoosier Lottery officials say they will close the lottery's Muncie regional office on September 28th and merge its operations with a regional office in Fort Wayne.The regional offices supply lottery retailers with tickets, service lottery machines and pay out prizes from $600 to $10,000.Officials say the Muncie and Fort Wayne offices paid only 70 prizes last year and many Muncie residents drove to lottery headquarters in Indianapolis to collect their money.Lottery officials hope to save $280,000 ...
Sep 7, 2005, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Clerk admits stealing Indiana lottery tickets
A former convenience store clerk has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars' worth of scratch off Hoosier Lottery tickets from two stores she managed.Karen Valentine was sentenced Tuesday to two years in a work release program and ordered by a Vanderburgh County Circuit Court judge to pay $2,500 in restitution.Valentine said she took only $2,000 to $3,000 worth of tickets from the two Busler stores in Evansville where she had worked. However, an outside audit found the combined ticket s ...
Sep 1, 2005, 6:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana Lottery has limit for Pick 3 and Pick 4 Numbers
The Hoosier Lottery has at least one unhappy player, and he's not unhappy because he lost. He's angry that he wasn't allowed to play at all.Ken Myers of Fort Wayne, who plays the Daily 3 and Daily 4 numbers regularly, sent us a copy of a letter he sent to lottery officials, complaining that from time to time, the lottery cuts off betting on certain numbers. It has happened to him, he says, and others he knows.You can imagine what a player's response might be if he tried to bet four numbers and w ...
Aug 26, 2005, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana Lottery banking on fairness, cuts
The Hoosier Lottery has run into some rough times lately whether it is sagging profits or employees leaking the location of a winning ticket.But the new head of the quasi-governmental agency is focused on running things more efficiently with an emphasis on integrity. It is our absolute focus, said Esther Schneider a 40-year-old native of Las Vegas. We have a moral obligation to make sure our games are fair. When she arrived, Schneider said there was a lot of loosey-goosey activity, inclu ...
Aug 9, 2005, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
Hoosier Lottery insists computers are better than ball drawings
Still smarting from the sting of a massive security scandal, Indiana Lottery officials are making a claim that computerized drawings actually improve security over traditional lottery drawings conducted with a mechanical ball machine.Hoosier Lottery winning numbers are no longer determined by white balls plucked from a whirling mass inside a wire cage.Now, winning numbers for Hoosier Lotto and daily games are picked in an office room, from a computer inside a black box secured with red, tamper-e ...
Jul 29, 2005, 2:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Hoosier Lottery increases funds for security
People wouldn't play the Hoosier Lottery if they didn't think they could win.That's why the William C. Foreman case is so troubling for those who run the state's lottery.For months, officials have been trying to repair the damage done when Foreman, a former lottery investigator, was accused in November of obtaining insider information to help friends get a $1 million scratch-off ticket. Prosecutors say he had his friends buy every ticket in a store where he knew there was a winner.Lottery offici ...
Jul 29, 2005, 1:33 pm - Lottery News forum