Iowa man nearly lost $1 million Powerball prize
By Todd Northrop
A Des Moines, Iowa, man claimed a $1 million Powerball prize Monday morning, a day after his winning ticket was nearly lost.
Pete Kemp of Des Moines said he had his winning ticket checked at a Cash Saver supermarket on Fleur Drive Sunday, but during the process of getting paperwork from the lottery terminal, the clerk accidentally threw away his ticket.
Kemp said he realized the mistake within seconds and went back into the store, where the clerk was able to retrieve hi ...
May 19, 2015, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. gas station off the hook in lottery ticket probe
A Palmdale, California, gas station employee who mistakenly gave $75 to an undercover state compliance officer instead of advising him that he was the holder of a lottery ticket worth $75,000 did not commit fraud, lottery officials said Thursday.
California Lottery officials said they were satisfied that the incident was a result of the clerk's misunderstanding of those procedures and that their investigation of the gas station was over.
Now we are going to move on, lottery spokesman Russ ...
May 8, 2015, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
3 face charges in Indiana Lottery scam
Three people redeemed a fraudulent Hoosier Lottery ticket worth $2 million, buying a home and several vehicles with the money before police caught on to the scam, court documents allege.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced in a news conference Thursday that two men and a woman all relatives are facing 15 criminal counts in connection with a lottery fraud scheme that raked in more than $1.1 million.
Ashlee Parsley, Jackie Parsley II and Joseph Parsley face theft, forgery and mone ...
Apr 24, 2015, 11:38 am - Lottery News forum
California store owner sues customer for half of $1M lottery prize
Assembly line worker Evangelina Reyes had big plans for the $1 million she won earlier this year in the California Lottery's Emerald 10 scratch-off game. But then the owner of the Milpitas liquor store where she bought the winning ticket slapped her with a lawsuit, claiming she'd signed a handwritten contract guaranteeing him half the prize.
Now, instead of dipping into the money for a family vacation in Hawaii and serenely banking the rest for early retirement, the 53-year-old mother of five ...
Mar 5, 2015, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
California gas station manager allegedly kept winning lottery scratchers
The former manager of a San Bruno gas station has been charged with cheating people who purchased California lottery scratchers after he figured out a way to secretly check which tickets were winners.
He would then sell the losing tickets to gas station patrons.
Most people who bought the scratcher tickets probably never noticed something was odd, but one customer did notice her ticket had been tampered with.
At the bottom of the ticket there were markings as though someone had scratche ...
Jan 13, 2015, 8:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Scamming store owner loses lottery license
RD's Deli and Market in Melrose, Massachusetts, will no longer be selling lottery tickets now that its owner has been accused of trying to scam a mentally disabled woman out of her winnings.
The woman bought a winning ticket worth $10,000 at the convenience store, but when she went to redeem it, the store's owner allegedly told her that the prize was only $1,000, and gave her $950 in cash.
Separate from the attempt to scam the woman, handing out that much cash is, in itself, a violation, a ...
Dec 20, 2014, 10:55 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery investigating retailer lottery ticket 'discounting' practices
Some people seem to have all the luck. And in New Jersey, some of the luckiest people are retailers who sell lottery tickets.
Or so it appears from the New Jersey Lottery's list of winners.
An Asbury Park Press review of Lottery claims submitted since 2009 found that half of the 20 most frequent prizewinners are either licensed lottery retailers or family members of store operators.
As a group, those 10 people collected 840 prizes totaling almost $1.8 million, the Press found. About 70 ...
Dec 6, 2014, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum
First NJ Lottery Cash4Life top prize winners celebrate their win at retailer
New Jersey's first Cash4Life Top Prize winners, Joseph Ianiro and John Opaluch from Hasbrouck Heights, celebrated their win from the Nov. 13 drawing at the retail location from which the winning ticket was purchased.
The retail store owners, Anthony Bernice and Guy Bernice, became licensed lottery retailers in Feb. of 2013. They have been doing business under the store name of Heights Corner Store, located on 183 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights in Bergen County, which was previously reported as ...
Dec 4, 2014, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery keeps an eye on frequent winners
In the last fiscal year, the Kentucky Lottery paid out $495 million, and a lot of them were repeat winners.
One man over a 12-month period cashed 25 tickets worth $77,000.
Lottery officials said one thread runs true when it comes to repeat winners.
The last few years I've been a little lucky. It's mostly luck, I guess, said one winner, who asked only to be identified as Kevin.
Last month, WLKY's Steve Burgin met up with Kevin at lottery headquarters, where he cashed four winning Pic ...
Nov 21, 2014, 10:44 am - Lottery News forum
Audit: Stores buying Michigan lottery tickets from players
Some Michigan stores that sell lottery tickets are hitting the jackpot by buying winning tickets from desperate players at a discount, according to auditors who are urging a crackdown on the illegal practice.
Lottery players who owe back taxes or other debts don't want the state to learn their identity. So they're probably selling winning tickets back to retailers for less than what they're worth, the audit found.
An audit released Tuesday said 37 store owners turned in winning tickets wor ...
Nov 18, 2014, 10:13 pm - Lottery News forum