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
Indiana store clerk in trouble for buying lottery ticket
Four months after buying a Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket that won him $900, a Winchester, Indiana, man's luck appears to have run out.
Authorities say Mickey L. Stone, 36, 501 E. Fourth St., violated state law by buying that winning ticket at the Winchester liquor store where he was employed.
Stone was charged this week with unlawful purchase of a lottery ticket by an employee, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum one-year jail term.
According to a report filed by Michael Bare, an inve ...
Oct 31, 2014, 11:44 pm - Lottery News forum
California lottery retailers investigated for massive prize claims
Are California Lottery retailers beating the odds, or is there something more going on?
A local media investigation found some store owners cashing in winning lottery tickets at surprising rates.
It's one of the winningest lottery stores in the Bay Area: Dolce Espresso in San Jose has reported 212 winning tickets worth $600 or more in the past decade. The luckiest winner is owner Minh Nguyen. He's claimed 87 of them.
At the Jelly Donut in Daly City, owner Frank Huynh claimed 15 winning ...
Oct 31, 2014, 1:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Supermarket chain accused of allowing lottery sales to minors
Children hoping to buy lottery tickets from vending machines may soon find it more difficult.
Northeastern University's Public Health Advocacy Institute is demanding that Star Market remove scratch lottery ticket vending machines from its Massachusetts stores after, PHAI claims, a 14-year-old was able to purchase tickets from two stores.
According to NECN, PHAI sent a letter to the company stating that a 14-year-old boy was able to purchase tickets at Star Market locations on Beacon Street ...
Oct 2, 2014, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
36 SC stores suspended from lottery sales
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Lottery officials in South Carolina say three dozen stores have been suspended from selling tickets because of their involvement in the operation of illegal gambling machines.
Holli Armstrong with the South Carolina Education Lottery told local media that the stores are being suspended for six months because of the illegal machines.
Armstrong says the stores have received a letter about the suspension.
The stores' contracts with the lott ...
Sep 16, 2014, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery investigating frequent winners
The top lottery winners in Ohio have claimed hundreds of large prizes over the past decades, some in such short spans of time that it seemingly defies the odds and has prompted investigations by the Ohio Lottery.
State lottery investigators track multiple-winners to look for retailers who are either stealing prizes for themselves or store employees turning in tickets for others wanting to avoid paying off debts.
A local newspaper examined every prize claim of $600 or more going back to the ...
Sep 15, 2014, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery cracks down on 'shadow winners'
The Georgia Lottery is launching a full-scale effort to crack down on so-called shadow winners people who take a percentage of the prize to stand in for the real winner.
Anyone with a winning ticket over $600 must show the Georgia Lottery proof of ID to collect their money. Before that cash is handed out, though, the Georgia Lottery checks to see whether the winner owes any back taxes or court-ordered judgments such as child support or educational loans.
If that's you, a shadow winner can ...
Sep 12, 2014, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum