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Store owner guilty of stealing lottery ticket, claiming it as his own
Faces up to 14 years for claiming $5.75 million prize A former convenience store owner pleaded guilty Thursday to fraudulently claiming a $5.75 million winning Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket as his own. Hafiz Malik, 62, validated the lottery ticket at his now-closed convenience store near Dufferin Street and Dupont Street in June 2004 but didn't tell his customer she had won the jackpot. Seven months later, he claimed the prize, according to an agreed statement of facts read out in court. ...
Dec 7, 2009, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum

Clerk's error makes N.J. man a $100,000 winner
A Bridgeton, New Jersey, resident has a store clerk's error to thank for his purchase of a scratch-off lottery ticket worth $100,000. Indian Fields Market sold the winning Aces High scratch-off lottery ticket Monday night, store owner Domenic Galle said. The guy really didn't ask for that ticket, Galle said. The clerk gave him that ticket by mistake. He asked for Deuces Wild. The clerk realized her mistake after the customer left the store. She said, 'I gave the man the wrong tick ...
Nov 18, 2009, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum

Pa. clerk stole $48K in lottery tickets
A woman faces a preliminary hearing on charges she stole $48,000 worth of instant-win Pennsylvania lottery tickets from the convenience store where she worked. Online court records do not list an attorney for 39-year-old Diane Justi, of Freedom. Police in Conway say Justi stole the tickets while working at the Conway Superette between April and September. Police say one of the store's owners alerted them to the thefts. Police say store surveillance tapes clearly showed Justi stealing th ...
Nov 17, 2009, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum

Cheated winner wants Texas Lottery to pay up
A man cheated of his million-dollar jackpot wants the Texas Lottery to pay up. The case of Willis Willis drew widespread attention a week ago after a store clerk was indicted for allegedly keeping Willis' winning ticket and claiming the 67-year-old Grand Prairie man's prize in June. The clerk, identified as Pankaj Joshi, is considered a fugitive. And Willis is still waiting for his money. It's been amazing what's going on, Willis, who said he does maintenance work at apartment build ...
Oct 28, 2009, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery vending machines rolled out across Florida
Scratch-off Florida Lottery tickets are one of the quickest, easiest ways for gamblers to take a chance at riches and, for the most part, come up empty. But sometimes demand can create lottery bottlenecks at places such as your neighborhood Publix customer service counter. That's why state leaders are making the instant gratification of scratch-off tickets even more instant installing 1,000 ticket vending machines at lottery retailers across Florida, primarily supermarkets. ''It helps b ...
Sep 8, 2009, 9:08 am - Lottery News forum

Calif. man claims half of $333M Mega Millions lottery jackpot
A Southern California man has claimed one half of the $333 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot. The California Lottery said Wednesday that Kevyn Ogawa had the winning numbers for the August 28th drawing. He took the cash option, meaning he'll take home about $107 million. Lottery officials say Ogawa, who preferred not to be interviewed, went to the Van Nuys lottery office Wednesday to claim his prize. He bought his ticket from an Asian noodle shop in San Gabriel. The business will rec ...
Sep 4, 2009, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery begins licensing retailers for ticket sales
A Murphy USA retail outlet in Magnolia on Wednesday received the first license issued in the state to sell tickets for Arkansas' scholarship lottery when scratch-off games begin next month. Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue presented the ceremonial first retailer license to Murphy Oil President Hank Heithaus during a meeting of the Arkansas Lottery Commission. Steve Beck, regional director for Intralot, the firm hired to run the lottery's drawing games, told commissioners the installatio ...
Aug 26, 2009, 10:53 pm - Lottery News forum

N.C. lottery expands vending machine use
North Carolina Education Lottery Commission officials are hoping a new deal that will allow players to purchase Powerball and other game tickets from vending machines will help extend the lottery's reach into more retail chain stores, like Walmart. The deal was made on Tuesday with GTECH Corp., which runs ticket printing and logistics for the state lottery. GTECH will provide the extra machines at no charge, in exchange for the state extending their contract with the company for four more yea ...
Aug 19, 2009, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. lottery players looking for luck after $88M win
Lottery tickets have been selling like wildfire since Kings Mountain resident Jeff Wilson won $88.1 million playing Powerball, said Angi White, assistant manager of the Petro Express in Kings Mountain where the winning ticket was sold. White said lottery sales have probably doubled since Wilson hit the jackpot last week. This place is crazy, White said. I think everybody thinks they're going to hit here again. They always say, 'Give me the lucky one.' You never know. Harold Clemmer, w ...
Jun 30, 2009, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum

$39M lottery ticket sold at Santa Cruz store
One lucky Californian is holding a SuperLotto Plus lottery ticket worth $39 million. It was bought from the Santa Cruz Market on California Avenue in the Circles. No one has stepped forward yet to claim the prize. Store owner Bongkook Choi is beside himself with joy. I can't believe it, said the man who has owned the market for six years. We are so lucky. Lottery officials called him around 9 p.m. Saturday night to report that one person bought the winning ticket with all six Super ...
Jun 22, 2009, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum