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$24,000 stolen in lottery scheme
Authorities are looking for a man and woman who duped a Lake Worth-area, Florida businessman into withdrawing $24,000 from his bank in a scheme involving a winning lottery ticket.Sheriff's detectives said the woman approached Claro Hernandez on Sept. 15, claiming she was an illegal immigrant. She asked if he knew of an office in West Palm Beach that offered immigration services. Hernandez, 62, a restaurateur, said he did not. But as the two spoke, a man walked up and joined the conversation, Det ...
Nov 26, 2003, 4:19 am - Lottery News forum

Tennessee man lottery scam victim
Not many people would send almost $2,000 to a person who called them on the phone out of the blue one day and said they were a winner in a lottery that they had never even entered, but one Tullahoma man says he did.Afterward, when it appeared he'd been the victim of a scam, he filed a complaint with police.The 63-year-old man told Public Services Officer Sherry Beck that a woman who identified herself as being with the U.S. Treasury Customs Department called his home Tuesday and said he had won ...
Nov 24, 2003, 4:49 am - Lottery News forum

House GOP pushes for gambling
Republican leaders of the Alaska state House are pushing ahead on video poker and a state lottery and are pointing to a new poll as evidence that Alaskans are interested in more gambling. This latest poll shows that Alaskans have basically changed their attitude, said House Speaker Pete Kott, a Republican from Eagle River.But less than half the people surveyed by the recent poll supported video gambling initially. It was only after the pollster read them pro-gambling information that support fo ...
Nov 13, 2003, 5:20 am - Lottery News forum

Campaigning for an Oklahoma lottery to begin soon
A referendum on an Oklahoma lottery plan is still a year away.But Governor Henry says he's planning on campaigning for the lottery proposal.Approval of the education lottery was one of Henry's biggest fights in Legislature this year. The lottery plan was the cornerstone of his gubernatorial campaign a year ago.The issue is heading for the ballot box next November. And Henry says he expects an extremely difficult battle to pass it.Henry says he remains committed to leading the fight to pass t ...
Nov 11, 2003, 4:44 am - Lottery News forum

Elderly man loses $8,000 to con men
San Jose police Thursday released composite sketches of two men sought in a recent lottery scam in which an elderly man lost $8,000 cash while trying to help a man he believed held a winning ticket.A pair of men approached the 81-year-old victim Wednesday while he was walking out of a Kmart at McKee Road and Jackson Avenue and separately asked him for directions. One man wanted to know where an attorney's office was located. He then explained that he held a winning lottery ticket but feared rede ...
Nov 7, 2003, 4:40 am - Lottery News forum

S.C. makes bid to help Tenn. lottery
The South Carolina lottery, much like its neighbor in Georgia, has pitched the idea of helping out with the Tennessee lottery startup.Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TELC) President Rebecca Paul was lured away from the successful Georgia Lottery Corporation in early September. The week before, the upstart lottery board here voted against the notion of a partnership with Paul and Georgia.South Carolina lottery officials were openly critical of the potential Georgia-Tennessee partnership ...
Nov 5, 2003, 5:31 am - Lottery News forum

Researchers: Most lottery winners stay on the job
Richard Arvey is not surprised to hear that 16 Powerball winners say they plan to remain in their jobs in a public school cafeteria.It's common for lottery winners to continue working, according to a soon-to-be published study by Arvey, a University of Minnesota organizational psychologist, and colleagues at Rutgers University and the University of Haifa in Israel. The decision to stay on the job is influenced by the amount won and how important work is in a winner's life, he said.Whether you're ...
Oct 31, 2003, 5:01 am - Lottery News forum

Sydney man arrested over Nigerian scam
Police in Sydney said Thursday they arrested an Australian man suspected of being part of a global, multimillion-dollar scam that dupes victims into believing they can claim some of the foreign assets of the Nigerian president.Hundreds of people in Australia and in countries including Malaysia, Japan, Norway, Greece, Indonesia and England have fallen prey to the scam, police said.The scammers send letters and e-mails asking people to help the Nigerian president recover funds that have long been ...
Oct 30, 2003, 5:26 am - Lottery News forum

If you mail in a 'fee' to claim a 'sweepstakes' prize, you've lost
Listen to me:You have not won a sweepstakes that you can claim by mailing in a processing fee. Anybody who asks you to send in a processing fee to win a prize is lying to you.They have your name on a sucker list. They sell your name and address to one another. They want to take your money. They do not care whether you are elderly, or poor, or naive, or can't buy your pills.Let me tell you about Ruth.Ruth is 85. She is the mother of a woman I know in St. Petersburg. I am not using her last nam ...
Oct 27, 2003, 5:03 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner temporarily shuts down philanthropic Web site
Powerball winner Jack Whittaker has temporarily shut down his philanthropic organization's Web site to allow staff to catch up on thousands of requests for financial help, an employee said Tuesday.Whittaker established the Jack Whittaker Foundation after winning the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas Day, the largest undivided jackpot in the game's history. The Scott Depot resident was a millionaire businessman before he claimed his winnings as a $113 million cash option.The foundatio ...
Oct 22, 2003, 3:38 am - Lottery News forum