Illinois lottery winner gets 30-month prison sentence
A man who won an Illinois lottery jackpot less than a year ago was sentenced to 30 months in prison Friday on gun and drug charges, federal officials said.
Eric Wagner, 33, of Freeport, pleaded guilty last year to selling a firearm to a felon in 2004 and illegally distributing marijuana in 2004 and 2005.
A federal judge in Rockford also fined Wagner $35,000, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release.
Wagner and eight others purchased a winning Lotto ticket at a Freeport superma ...
Feb 4, 2006, 7:15 am - Lottery News forum
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
Lottery millionaire facing jail
A convicted criminal who won a 9.7 million National Lottery jackpot is facing another jail sentence seven months after saying he was turning over a new leaf .Former dustman Michael Carroll, 22, who has homes in Downham Market and Swaffham, Norfolk, has admitted affray after threatening teenagers with a baseball bat at a Christian Fellowship music event in Downham Market in May 2004.He entered a guilty plea during a Crown Court hearing in Norwich on Thursday and is due to be sentenced next mo ...
Jan 20, 2006, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery winnings can be garnished
Oklahoma lottery winnings can be garnished from people owing delinquent child support, a state commission has decided.The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services approved a rule Tuesday in support of the Department of Human Services, which is also talking with horse racetracks and American Indian casinos to institute a system of cross-checking winners for unpaid debts to the state, said Gary Dart, director of DHS's child support enforcement division. Other states have seen success with general sp ...
Dec 9, 2005, 12:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut woman steals lottery winnings from purse
A 40-year-old Bridgeport, Connecticut, woman was charged Tuesday with stealing a woman's lottery ticket winnings at Shaw's Supermarket in Fairfield, police said.Ronice Turner, of Han Avenue, is charged with fifth-degree larceny in the October incident.She turned herself in at headquarters after learning there was a warrant for her arrest, police said. She was released on a promise to appear Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.The victim left her purse at Shaw's on Oct. 23, and Turner, a former ...
Dec 2, 2005, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Man Charged With Redeeming Forged Winning Lottery Ticket
A Pennsylvania man is accused of redeeming a forged lottery ticket.Police said Brian Scott Miller, 34, of Cumberland County, was one of 18 workers at Roadway Express who pool their money to play the lottery each week. Validation tests showed the ticket he took to lottery headquarters was forged. He was arrested once he walked out of lottery headquarters with what he thought was a valid check for $853,000.An agent for the attorney general's office, told a judge Monday that Miller was cooperative ...
Nov 15, 2005, 5:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Gang used winning Pick 4 lottery tickets to launder drug money
Federal authorities say they have broken up a cocaine-trafficking ring that laundered more than $270 million over 15 years in an operation that began in Michigan and branched out across the country.The organization, known on the streets as the Black Mafia Family, had ties to the rap music industry, and its two leaders have appeared in rap videos, said Robert L. Corso, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency in Detroit. They were in fact just another group of thugs who brought fear ...
Oct 28, 2005, 10:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Former lottery 'numbers' operator rebuilds life after jail
At the height of his career operating an illegal lottery called the numbers, Otis Ray was running four-digit bar tabs in his $70,000 Titans stadium suite and rubbing elbows with Nashville's elite.Now, just months out of prison, Ray, 53, is working as night watchman at a local Comfort Inn and rebuilding his life on $6-an-hour wages.Ray spent nearly 25 years working in the underground lottery. Just one month after he was sent to federal prison in December 2003, the Tennessee Lottery sold its fir ...
Oct 1, 2005, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Four accused in Florida lottery ticket fraud
Stuart Elvia Urieta had heard about scheme in which someone claims to be an undocumented immigrant who needs an American citizen -- and money to cash a winning lottery ticket.So the 13-year Stuart resident was suspicious when a woman asked her for $29,000 to cash a ticket reportedly worth $325 million last weekend.Urieta called authorities, who on Tuesday announced a rare arrest in one of the common lottery frauds. You know you can never find these people because they come and go so quick, said ...
Sep 14, 2005, 6:22 am - Lottery News forum