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Clerk arrested in undercover Lottery sting
Investigator was paid $50 for ticket worth $20,000 An employee of the City Limits Deli Mart in Sumner and her companion got an unpleasant surprise Monday when they traveled to Washington's Lottery headquarters to claim what they thought was a $20,000 prize. Olympia police arrested the two women for allegedly trying to claim the prize through fraud or deception, according to a Lottery spokeswoman. The alleged fraud occurred Thursday, when an undercover Lottery employee posing as a custom ...
Apr 21, 2010, 7:22 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery scam victim dies scarred
Even in the last months of her life, Lorraine Teicht could not fully trust people. She could never get over how three of her workmates had once turned on her. Suspicious that she had filched a $5.7 million 6/49 lottery ticket that rightfully belonged to all four, they had hired a private eye to see if her lifestyle had dramatically changed. I could not trust them after they came to my house and accused me of stealing the winnings, Teicht wrote on March 11. I still do not feel relax ...
Apr 16, 2010, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum

Couple thanks store clerk after claiming $1M lottery prize
Frank and Patricia Proud of Durbin are $1 million richer from a Powerball ticket purchased at Trent's General Store at Bartow in Pocahontas County. At a press conference at Lottery headquarters in Charleston on Thursday afternoon, the couple expressed appreciation for Francine Lambert, who sold them the winning ticket. Francine always sells us our tickets, Frank said. She always tells me if I win I can buy her a pack of gum. They usually buy one easy pick but sometimes more. The lates ...
Apr 9, 2010, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum

Pennsylvania store manager accused in lottery thefts
The ex-store manager of a Bangor, Pennsylvania, area gas station pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she stole instant lottery tickets that cost the station a little more than $74,000 over three years. While Tolino Fuel Service officials said Michelle Ann Zucal, 39, of Bangor had admitted to stealing lottery tickets, defense attorney Gregory Paglianite tried to raise questions as to how they know Zucal was responsible for the store's entire loss. During sometimes heated exchanges wit ...
Apr 6, 2010, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum

N.J. deli waits for its $212M Powerball winner to surface
Someone who bought a Powerball lottery ticket last week at Gene's II Deli in Morris Township, New Jersey, could be a very rich person, but the winner of Saturday's $211.7 million jackpot has yet to come forward. Lav Patel, a co-owner of the Speedwell Avenue deli and convenience store, said someone had called three times Monday from three different telephone numbers to verify the winning number. I don't know if it's the same person, said Patel, who runs Gene's with his cousin, Pinal Patel, ...
Mar 15, 2010, 10:36 pm - Lottery News forum

Some stores just 'luckier' than others in N.C. lottery
Chris Pennington slid the scratch-off ticket across the counter, repeating a ritual she'd performed hundreds of times. Hours later, she'd learn that her customer had won a six-figure surprise. I actually felt sick that day knowing I'd held $100,000 and gave it away, she said. The manager of Will's Food Store in Mount Holly, Pennington has seen her share of others' good fortune. Will's boasts the most lottery payouts of any retailer in Gaston County, according to figures from the N.C. Educ ...
Feb 1, 2010, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum

Store manager charged after winning lottery
Indiana woman pleads guilty to buying ticket from own store An Indiana woman who won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery game will be serving probation instead of spending her winnings. Betty Jacobi, 54, who managed the Cowboy's Gas and Convenience store in New Salisbury, bought the $20 ticket in June from her own store, a violation of lottery policy, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported. Because Jacobi couldn't legally claim the money, prosecutors said she gave the ticket to her daughter, Jon ...
Jan 5, 2010, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum

Store that sold $128.6M Powerball lottery ticket identified
Kentucky lottery officials have identified the store that sold the state's largest Powerball jackpot winning ticket over the weekend, but no one has claimed the prize as of Monday morning. ProTravel Marathon, located at 102 Success Drive in Georgetown, sold the only winning jackpot ticket for Saturday's drawing, Kentucky's first since December 2007, when a Bullitt County man claimed a $33.6 million prize. It feels great, Marathon store owner Jack Zakir said. He said he probably sold the t ...
Dec 28, 2009, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum

Lawmakers to mediate spat over Iowa Lottery security
Relations have become so strained between feuding directors of two state agencies that a couple of Iowa lawmakers have agreed to step in as mediators. The standoff pits state ombudsman William Angrick against Iowa Lottery chief executive Terry Rich. Angrick's staff, which investigates citizen complaints, has spent more than two years investigating the Iowa Lottery and has concluded that lottery players could be at risk of being cheated. Rich says he has responded fully to each of the om ...
Dec 14, 2009, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum

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