Lottery winner's body reburied after autopsy
The body of a West Rogers Park, Illinois, man who died of cyanide poisoning last summer after winning a million-dollar lottery was laid to rest again Monday, three days after his remains were exhumed for an autopsy as part of a homicide investigation.
The scene at Rosehill Cemetery on Monday afternoon was in sharp contrast to Friday morning, when a throng of reporters and TV cameramen had massed outside an entrance gate as numerous Chicago police, Cook County medical examiner officials and ce ...
Jan 22, 2013, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
$1M lottery winner pleads guilty to theft
Swindled $21,000 from his oil company's customers
A Chelmsford, Massachusetts, man who won $1 million from a Massachusetts State Lottery ticket in 2009 will serve at least 18 months behind bars after he admitted to swindling more than $21,000 from his home oil company's customers, according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.
Michael Santaniello, 60, of Chelmsford, pleaded guilty in Lowell District Court last week to stealing money from more than a dozen of his clients, many of who ...
Jan 21, 2013, 6:34 am - Lottery News forum
Poisoned lottery winner's family reportedly didn't share his last meal
As relatives of a $1 million lottery winner who was killed with cyanide battle over his estate, sources say it appears the man's family did not share what could have been his fatal last meal.
A police source tells MyFoxChicago.com that the night Urooj Khan died he was home with his wife, Shabbana Ansari, 17-year-old daughter, and father-in-law Fareedun Ansari.
The source says Ansari prepared a traditional Indian meal for dinner, which Khan ate. Neither Ansari or Khan's daughter ate the mea ...
Jan 11, 2013, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Wife questioned in lottery winner death
The widow of a West Rogers Park, Illinois, man who died of cyanide poisoning weeks after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot was questioned extensively by Chicago police last month after the medical examiner's office reclassified the death as a homicide, her attorney said on Tuesday.
Authorities investigating the death of Urooj Khan also executed a search warrant at the home he had shared with his wife, Shabana Ansari, according to Steven Kozicki, her attorney. Ansari later was interviewed b ...
Jan 9, 2013, 12:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner's death was blamed on natural causes — until a relative raised questions
Urooj Khan had sworn off playing the lottery after he took an Islamic pilgrimage to the Middle East in 2010, but as he stood in a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago's Far North Side this summer, he lost his will for a moment, handing over $60 to buy two instant-game tickets.
After scratching off the second ticket, he leaped in the air, shouting over and over again, I hit a million!
When Khan, 46, accepted an oversized check from Illinois Lottery representatives days later at the same store ...
Jan 7, 2013, 9:38 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. store clerk charged in lottery scam
Police arrested a convenience store clerk Thursday after she allegedly told a customer his ticket wasn't a winner, then cashed the $50 winning ticket after the man left the store.
Kathleen Patricia McClusky, 19, of Clayton, was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses. She was working as a clerk at the Kangaroo Station on U.S. 70 in Clayton.
She was taken to the Johnston County jail under $15,000 bond.
The incident occurred Dec. 23 when Luis Flores-Bautista of Clayton gave McC ...
Dec 31, 2012, 2:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Father charged with helping sons steal $5 million lottery ticket
The owner of a Syracuse, New York, convenience store was arrested this week on charges of conspiring with his son to steal a $5 million lottery ticket from a man who'd bought it at the store.
Nayef Ashkar, 56, was arrested Tuesday by an investigator with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office on a charge of fourth-degree conspiracy.
Ashkar agreed with and encouraged his son, Andy Ashkar, in the taking and withholding of the $5 million winning scratch-off ticket from Robert Miles, a ...
Dec 10, 2012, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
NY brothers charged in plot to steal $5M New York Lottery ticket
They waited until shortly before the $5 million winning ticket in a scratch-off lottery game would have been worthless. Then, when two brothers from the Syracuse area went to claim the prize, they made an unusual offer: They told state lottery officials that they would be happy to take home less than the full amount if they could avoid a news conference.
(See NY brothers claim $5M win from '06 lottery ticket, Lottery Post, Oct. 17, 2012.)
The officials made them wait some more, saying a se ...
Nov 14, 2012, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
2007 lottery winner accused of armed robbery
A suspect charged with the armed home invasion and robbery of a couple who had just returned from their honeymoon won $1 million in the Massachusetts Lottery in 2007.
Rashad Blount, 26, formerly of Middleboro and now of Dorchester, won the $1 million grand prize in the Lottery's $800 Million Spectacular instant game on Feb. 12, 2007.
He bought the $10 scratch ticket at a store in Middleboro and was to receive annual payments of $50,000, minus taxes, for the next 20 years.
Blount and Ric ...
Oct 28, 2012, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner indicted on 31 counts
Days after a Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, woman sought permission to subpoena Frederick Rick McMenimen's bank records, the former Exeter financial adviser sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, court records show.
The bankruptcy claim essentially halted Susan Wagstaff's lawsuit seeking to recoup $900,000 that she claims McMenimen took from her under the ruse that he was investing the money.
It also stopped legal action connected to another $1.5 million civil judgment against McMenimen fo ...
Oct 10, 2012, 7:32 am - Lottery News forum