Couple, son charged in Detroit illegal lottery
They went searching for drugs, but discovered a major gambling operation instead.
A federal judge in Detroit today unsealed a criminal complaint detailing a large-scale, multi-state gambling operation allegedly run by an elderly Detroit couple that for decades has operated out of coney island restaurants, storefronts and homes in the Detroit area.
According to the complaint, federal agents stumbled upon the gambling operation in 2007 when they went to execute a search warrant at a Farmingt ...
Oct 13, 2010, 9:22 pm - Lottery News forum
MasterCard illegally adds fees to Lottery players
All you need is a dollar and a dream to play the Lottery, except if you're paying with MasterCard then it's an extra 10 bucks.
The credit card company has quietly been treating subscription purchases of Lotto or Mega Millions tickets as cash advances making them subject to an extra fee.
MasterCard is also charging higher cash advance level interest on the Lottery ticket purchases, as much as 24.9% percent in some cases.
That, too, is a no-no, Lottery officials said.
Sep 17, 2010, 8:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Undercover lottery investigation tests store clerks' honesty
If you end up with a winning lottery ticket, you'll end up with the cash... right?
A television investigative program recently traveled to various states testing the honesty and integrity of lottery store clerks in correctly informing customers of their winning lottery tickets.
What they discovered was a mixed bag: although some clerks correctly identified wins for their customers, many did not. In fact, several attempted to basically steal their customer's winnings by telling them their l ...
Sep 7, 2010, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum
Mobile gambling to surpass $48 billion by 2015, report says
A new report published today by Juniper Research has found that a combination of mobile casino, lottery and betting service launches in major emerging markets led by China allied to liberalization of remote gambling legislation across the US and Europe will see the scale of annual wagers on mobile gambling exceed $48 billion by 2015.
The report studies gambling services on a country-by-country basis. It finds that, in recent years, the Japan Racing Association's iPAT service had been responsi ...
Sep 3, 2010, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Anonymous donor gives lottery ticket to Kansas hospital
Imagine the surprise to open your mail and find a lottery ticket worth thousands of dollars. It happened in one Kansas county this month and now the hospital in Beloit is all the richer for it.
Hospitals in small communities such as the one in Mitchell County are a big deal. That's why, when Susan Concannon opened up an anonymous letter a few weeks ago, she was completely overjoyed.
$10,000!!! Concannon exclaimed as she showed us the celebratory check from the Kansas Lottery.
It was la ...
Aug 22, 2010, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
'Lottery Ticket' cast tries luck at Scratchers
Ice Cube ages himself to play a grandfather in the new comedy, Lottery Ticket.
It's about a young man with a winning ticket who hits it big, and then what happens because of it.
But Cube as a grandpa? Really?
You know, I wanted to play somebody outside the box, outside of what I've been doing for years, Ice Cube says.
Bow Wow, who plays the lead, hopes Lottery Ticket is his ticket to movie superstardom.
I'm just on a roll, Bow Wow says. I just want to be the next Will Smith. Th ...
Aug 13, 2010, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Writer accuses agent of stealing 'Lottery Ticket' movie
Ice Cube's new movie Lottery Ticket doesn't come out for another week, but there's already a legal fight over the flick from a screenwriter who claims his agent ripped off his idea and gave it to another one of his clients.
The man filing the lawsuit is Tom Huang, who once wrote an episode of The Mullets back in 2003.
According to legal documents, Huang claims he came up with an idea for a movie back in 2004, wrote a treatment for it. He later talked it over with his agent Brad Kaplan.
Aug 13, 2010, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
Thieves try to cash stolen S.C. lottery tickets in N.C.
A Gastonia, N.C., woman accused of stealing scratch-off lottery tickets from a Clover Mini-Mart tried to retrieve prize money in North Carolina and successfully cashed 27 winners in South Carolina before being caught.
Kristi Lynn Welch, 20, was booked in York County on Monday night in connection with a break-in at Borderline Mini-mart on U.S. 321 in Clover, authorities say.
Welch is one of three people facing charges in the May burglary. They are accused of cashing tickets stolen from that ...
Jul 21, 2010, 11:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Wrong guy: Cops beat up lottery player
A San Jose man has hired a lawyer after police wrestled him to the ground, handcuffed him and kicked him in the face in a case of mistaken identity.
The victim, 23-year-old Henry Stevens Amador, had walked into his neighborhood convenience store Friday to buy a lottery ticket.
As Amador was walking to his car, he says he was rushed by a police officer with a gun pointed at him and another who knocked him to the ground.
Several officers surrounded him on the ground, where he was bloodied ...
Jul 14, 2010, 8:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge orders release of ex-NC Lottery official
A judge on Tuesday ordered a former North Carolina lottery commissioner convicted of five counts of the honest services law released from a Georgia prison.
U.S. District Judge James Dever III said Kevin Geddings should be set free as he seeks to have his 2006 conviction vacated. The decision came just hours after prosecutors said Geddings should be released.
Geddings was found guilty of honest services mail fraud for not disclosing his financial ties to a company that was expected to bid f ...
Jul 1, 2010, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum