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Wash. man accused of stealing $100K of lottery tickets
The manager of a Winlock, Washington, store stole thousands of dollars in scratch tickets and hid evidence of the thefts, some of which were caught on camera, Lewis County authorities said. Prosecutors said Benjamin Macy, 51, repeatedly stole $20 scratch tickets that cost Cedar Village IGA and the Washington Lottery Commission more than $100,000 over several years, the Chronicle reported. Police said Macy would cash in the winning tickets. State lottery records showed that among the winnin ...
Jun 3, 2010, 6:35 am - Lottery News forum

Businesses near Nevada border popular for lottery players
For those heading toward Nevada on this lonely stretch of U.S. Highway 93, Rosie's at the Boulder Inn Cafe is the last chance to gamble in Arizona. For those in Las Vegas, meanwhile, this 77-year-old former truck stop is the closest place to play the Arizona Lottery. When the Powerball jackpot spikes, people flood to Rosie's over Hoover Dam, 35 miles to the north, said general manager Brad Larsen, whose mother is the cafe's namesake. It doesn't even get busy until $100 million, he said ...
May 25, 2010, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery needs vending machines, Director says
For the Arkansas lottery to increase revenue from year to year, the lottery's director told commissioners Wednesday that they will have to approve the use of ticket-vending machines. Director Ernie Passailaigue said businesses are seeking ways to cut labor costs, and automating the lottery is an important way to boost sales and help vendors save money. This is the future of lottery, Passailaigue said. A handout picture of one of the machines shows an array of ticket choices -- from Pow ...
May 20, 2010, 6:39 am - Lottery News forum

Indiana man says store cost him $11.5M lottery jackpot
A 70-year-old retired chemist is suing a convenience store chain for more than $11.5 million, claiming its employees cheated him out of a large jackpot by refusing to sell him a lottery ticket. Charles Andrews says in his lawsuit that he picked the winning numbers for the February 2008 Hoosier Lotto drawing, but that a clerk at a Speedway store in Indianapolis refused to sell him a ticket with a few minutes left before the 10:40 p.m. official sales cutoff. Andrews, of Indianapolis, says th ...
Apr 27, 2010, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum

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