Former Iowa Lottery employee charged for thefts
A former Iowa Lottery employee was arrested after an investigation found she stole lottery tickets from stores and a bar in the Fort Dodge area, according to officials and court records in the case.
Toni Hammer, 49, of Alta, was charged with seven counts of lottery fraud and one count of tampering with records. Hammer worked as a district sales representative in the lottery's Storm Lake office and was responsible for delivering tickets to stores, said Mary Neubauer, a spokesperson for the lot ...
Jun 1, 2014, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
Man tries to cash in on 1,300 stolen lottery tickets
A construction worker brought 1,300 stolen Iowa Lottery tickets into the Quad-Cities and cashed them at several stops in the area before Bettendorf police caught up with him, police say.
Joshua Andrew Jorgensen, 31, was arrested Thursday and faces five felony charges related to illegal use of the lottery tickets. An investigation by the Iowa Lottery Commission and the Bettendorf Police Department showed the following trail of events, according to an affidavit in the case.
Jorgensen came in ...
May 23, 2014, 12:20 pm - Lottery News forum
2 charged with extorting cousin over stolen Florida Lottery tickets
Ketan and Chirag Patel had big plans to cash in on Florida Lottery tickets but they weren't hoping for Lady Luck to work in their favor, deputies said.
Both men were arrested Tuesday on extortion charges.
After Ketan Patel found out that an employee at his wife's convenience store was responsible for stealing about $5,000 in lottery tickets, instead of reporting the man to authorities, Ketan Patel threatened to have the man and his sister deported if he didn't hand over nearly $250,000, de ...
May 15, 2014, 12:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Undercover officers catch store clerks keeping winning lottery tickets
Includes video report
A man walks into a convenience store and asks the clerk to check his lottery tickets. Can you scan these and see if there are any winners? he asks. The clerk scans the first ticket and freezes, staring at the screen that shows it's a $1,000 winner. The clerk shakes his head, puts the ticket to the side and tells the customer, There's nothing on them.
What the clerk doesn't know is that the customer is an undercover officer wearing a hidden camera, which captures the ...
Apr 27, 2014, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning lottery ticket gets Mass. man off the hook for speeding
A Rockland, Massachusetts, man not only won the lottery Thursday morning, but also used the winning ticket to help him avoid a speeding ticket in Hingham.
According to Hingham police Sergeant Steven Dearth, a man was driving on Sharp Street around 11 a.m. when he was pulled over for going 49 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone.
[The officer] stopped the car, and when he walked up to the car he could see the driver was shaking ... at first he didn't know what was the issue, Dearth sa ...
Feb 28, 2014, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery manager faces lottery ticket fraud charges
Updated: Additional information from the Kentucky Lottery
By Todd Northrop
A regional manager for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation is accused of fraudulently using lottery tickets after an investigation into 1,800 missing tickets, according to the Kentucky State Police.
Jeffrey L. Riley, 55, of Lexington, was charged Friday with three counts of fraudulent use of a lottery ticket, a class C felony.
Riley's arrest followed an internal investigation in January into 1,800 missing promoti ...
Feb 10, 2014, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky man arrested for cashing stolen lottery ticket
By Kate Northrop
Louisville Metro Police arrested a man who admitted to cashing in a stolen lottery ticket.
On Dec. 28, 2013, 57 year-old Dwayne Horne walked into a BP gas station on W. Broadway in Louisville to exchange a winning lottery ticket for cash. Investigators learned that the ticket was the same one that was reported stolen at the Cecil Service Center about a mile away.
The Kentucky Lottery contacted Louisville police when they noticed the stolen lottery ticket had been redeem ...
Jan 22, 2014, 9:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Police issued lotto tickets during Christmas traffic stops
Motorists caught speeding to grandma's house in Melbourne, Florida, were greeted with a bittersweet Christmas Day surprise as officers doled out warnings and tickets alongside scratch-off lottery games.
The unique move was an added touch Melbourne police officers wanted to put on the normally quiet holiday traffic.
By 1 p.m. Christmas Day, more than 30 scratch-off game tickets were handed out to speeders and other traffic violators in a bid to spread holiday cheer while keeping the roads s ...
Dec 26, 2013, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
NY deli owners stole $1M lottery ticket, cops say
A Long Island deli owner and his son were charged Saturday with scamming a customer out of a $1 million lottery ticket.
Nassau County police say a 34-year-old man who doesn't speak English bought the ticket Thursday at the Peninsula Deli Grocery in Hempstead.
The man scratched off his card, saw that he was a winner and handed it to 26-year-old Karim Jaghab to get his winnings, police said.
The ticket was worth $1 million, but Jaghab gave the man $1,000 in cash and kept the ticket, polic ...
Nov 23, 2013, 9:38 pm - Lottery News forum
N.Y. man accused of pulling box cutter on clerk after lottery mistake
A man who had losing lottery tickets due to a store clerk's error stood accused this weekend of threatening the clerk with a box cutter on Long Island.
The clerk did not want to talk about what happened around 7 p.m. Friday at the Food Express, at 391 Jericho Turnpike in Syosset.
But police said regular customer Michael Sullo, 43, of Syosset, took out some losing lottery tickets and demanded to be reimbursed.
Sullo plays the same numbers every day, and that day, his numbers had won $250 ...
Oct 27, 2013, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum