Lottery-check scams get more seductive, ingenious
By Paul Wenske
Kansas City Star
Those lousy lottery-check scams are mutating again and ensnaring more unsuspecting consumers.
But first, folks, you just shouldn't fall for these goofy scams. No honest lottery in the world gives out free money.
That said, the scams are increasing. And they offer sneaky new twists to create a false sense of security. More scams are using counterfeit checks drawn on legitimate bank accounts of real businesses.
Reader Mary Kay Culp of Lenexa alerted me ...
Aug 28, 2006, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
GTECH sale closer as more states approve
The sale of West Greenwich-based GTECH Holdings Corp. to Italian lottery giant Lottomatica SpA this week inched toward completion.
Lottomatica said that the state lotteries would continue existing contracts with GTECH, which it plans to buy in a $5 billion deal that would create the world's biggest lottery operator.
Lottomatica had asked various U.S. states to confirm that the deal would not hurt existing lottery concessions when it launched the takeover earlier this year.
Most states ...
Jul 28, 2006, 9:48 am - Lottery News forum
Couple wins $800,000 Missouri scratch-off lottery jackpot
Scott and Candace Pritchett of Houston, Texas, have won $800,000 in the new Missouri Lottery Lifetime Riches scratch-off game.
They opted for a lump sum payment instead of $50,000 a year for life.
Gary Gonder, director of the commission for the Missouri Lottery, said most people chose the lump sum.
They can fulfill their dreams today, and manage their own investments, Gonder said.
Scott Pritchett bought the winning ticket when he stopped for gas at Kum Go, 5384 S. Campbell Ave., ...
Apr 28, 2006, 7:15 am - Lottery News forum
13 State Employees to Share $224 Million Powerball Lottery Jackpot
A group of 13 Missouri state employees, who work for the Department of Social Services Family Support Division/Child Support Enforcement in Florissant, claimed the $224.2 million Powerball jackpot from the April 12 drawing.
The jackpot is the largest prize ever won in the Missouri Lottery's 20-year history and the seventh largest Powerball jackpot ever awarded in the nation.
The winners are: Cornelia Aversa, 61, of Ballwin; Juanita Miller, 57, of Black Jack; Madeleine Knox, 68, James Wydrz ...
Apr 14, 2006, 6:44 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri man wins $1.6 million in lottery
Columbia resident William Hainen might be $1.6 million richer after winning the Missouri Lottery, but that doesn't mean he's a celebrity at the convenience store where he bought the winning ticket.
I have no idea who he is, said Kim Morgan, assistant manager at the Fast Lane on Route HH in northeast Columbia.
Representatives of the Missouri Lottery stopped at the store on Thursday, informed the staff that the winning Lotto ticket had been sold there and provided the store with signs to b ...
Mar 6, 2006, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri couple wins $8.1 million Lotto jackpot
A Maryland Heights, Missouri, couple has claimed an $8.1 million Lotto jackpot, becoming the second major lottery winner in north St. Louis County this year.
Peter and Judy Buhrman's winning numbers 4, 17, 25, 35, 36 and 38 were announced in a drawing Feb. 4. The couple turned the ticket over to Missouri Lottery officials Friday. After officials verified it was the winning ticket, they named the Buhrmans this week as the winners.
Peter Buhrman, 56, did not return calls to his home or h ...
Mar 2, 2006, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri celebrates 20 years of lottery
The Missouri Lottery celebrates its 20th birthday this month by giving Missourians a six-digit birthday present.Tickets went on sale Monday for the special Dream Draw raffle game that runs through Feb. 23. Weekly tax prepaid prizes of $20,000 will be awarded, along with a tax-free grand prize of $200,000. The $2 game also offers a number of $20 instant winners.The state lottery has come a long way since January 1986, when the first scratch-off game, Jackpot '86, was introduced.Since then, $ ...
Jan 24, 2006, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Company That Claimed to Sell Winning Lottery Numbers Will Pay Refund
A Buffalo, N.Y., company that told consumers they could buy winning lottery numbers will issue full refunds to Missouri residents and will cease to do business in Missouri under a court-approved agreement with Attorney General Jay Nixon.An assurance of voluntary compliance filed in Cole County Circuit Court orders Multi-Plays of America Inc. to cease contacting Missouri consumers by any means, and to provide a full refund to any Missouri consumer who contacts the company and requests one. The co ...
Sep 21, 2005, 11:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri Lottery appoints new director
The Missouri Lottery Commission on Monday named its longtime chief financial officer, Larry Jansen, as the agency's new executive director.Jansen, 49, of Jefferson City, is a certified public accountant and has worked as the lottery's controller and chief financial officer since the lottery's inception in 1986.Under his direction, the Lottery has received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada's Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting the past five y ...
Sep 14, 2005, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scores triple-zeros twice in one day
Missouri Lottery players with an affinity for the number zero won big Wednesday, when the winning Pick 3 numbers in both the afternoon and evening drawings were 0-0-0.Triple numbers have never been picked twice in one day, said Scott White, the lottery's online product manager. But statistically, he said, they are all random events. We are as likely to draw triple zeros the next five draws. Triple numbers are popular Pick 3 bets.The lottery collected $60,071 among Pick 3 players during the mi ...
Jul 28, 2005, 1:30 pm - Lottery News forum