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
Canada's new online gambling website may have been hacked
PlayNow may have compromised users' personal information, opposition party says
British Columbians' personal information may have been compromised when the government's online gambling website, PlayNow.com, crashed last week, according to the New Democratic Party.
PlayNow, the first government-sanctioned online casino in North America, was shut down only hours after it was launched last Thursday.
The B.C Lottery Corp. said unexpectedly high traffic caused the server to crash, so it had ...
Jul 20, 2010, 9:59 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
Lawmakers to mediate spat over Iowa Lottery security
Relations have become so strained between feuding directors of two state agencies that a couple of Iowa lawmakers have agreed to step in as mediators.
The standoff pits state ombudsman William Angrick against Iowa Lottery chief executive Terry Rich.
Angrick's staff, which investigates citizen complaints, has spent more than two years investigating the Iowa Lottery and has concluded that lottery players could be at risk of being cheated.
Rich says he has responded fully to each of the om ...
Dec 14, 2009, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Frequent lottery wins by retailers investigated
In this 2-part video report, MSNBC revealed the findings of their investigation, in which the most frequent lottery winners were almost always retailers.
To view the report, please click on Part 1 of the report below. When Part 1 has finished playing, continue by clicking Part 2 of the report.
Oct 2, 2009, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Bulgarian lottery repeat probed
The Bulgarian authorities have ordered an investigation after the same six numbers were drawn in two consecutive rounds of the national lottery.
The numbers 4, 15, 23, 24, 35 and 42 were chosen by a machine live on television on 6 and 10 September.
An official of the Bulgarian lottery said manipulation was impossible.
A mathematician said the chance of the same six numbers coming up twice in a row was one in four million. But he said coincidences do happen.
Minister of Physical Educa ...
Sep 16, 2009, 2:34 pm - Lottery News forum
TV station investigates repeating Kentucky Lottery scratch winners
Is it luck or something else?
The Kentucky lottery sells hundreds of millions of dollars in scratch off lottery tickets each year. While it's difficult to hit the big one, people beat the odds time and time again.
WHAS11's investigative reporter Adam Walser traveled the state, trying to discover how some people repeatedly get so lucky.
For thousands of Kentucky residents, playing the lottery is favorite pastime.
Sometimes players win big, but usually, the outcome is not so lucky.
Jul 29, 2009, 2:56 pm - Lottery News forum