UPDATE: $128.6M Powerball lottery ticket sold in porn shop
Sticky situation? Winner can't stay anonymous
by Todd Northrop
When it was announced at Lottery Post Sunday that the winning Powerball ticket was sold at the Uptown Book Store, few people outside of Highland Park, Michigan, knew that location was actually a porn shop, specializing in adult books, pornographic movies and sex toys.
Perhaps the winner is right now figuring out how to deal with the potentially sticky situation of claiming the winning ticket that he or she bought in the porn ...
Nov 9, 2010, 2:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery installing more instant ticket vending machines
The Florida Lottery will begin installing an additional 500 instant ticket vending machines around the state next week because they've become so popular with players.
The Lottery started installing 1,000 vending machines last fall and they exceeded expectations. They have generated about $200 million in their first year of operation.
Lottery spokeswoman Connie Barnes says the agency hopes to have all 1,500 instant ticket vending machines, or ITVM's, up and running by Thanksgiving.
We f ...
Oct 8, 2010, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Clerk tried to steal $14 million lottery ticket
A retired New York transit worker is a big winner, but it took some detective work to find out just how big.
$14 million, it turns out.
The New York Lottery on Friday revealed the tale of Milledge McCassell, 72, of Laurelton, in hope of delivering a moral to the story.
McCassell on Aug. 26 took unsigned tickets he bought a day earlier to the Dynasty Deli and Grocery in Jamaica, Queens, to check for possible prizes.
He checked them himself on a store scanner, which for one ticket flas ...
Sep 17, 2010, 9:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Undercover lottery investigation tests store clerks' honesty
If you end up with a winning lottery ticket, you'll end up with the cash... right?
A television investigative program recently traveled to various states testing the honesty and integrity of lottery store clerks in correctly informing customers of their winning lottery tickets.
What they discovered was a mixed bag: although some clerks correctly identified wins for their customers, many did not. In fact, several attempted to basically steal their customer's winnings by telling them their l ...
Sep 7, 2010, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery vending machines coming soon
The Arkansas Lottery Commission approved rules Thursday for use of 100 vending machines in retail outlets, though opponents vowed to continue to try to have the machines declared illegal.
Lottery players could find the machines in stores as soon as next month.
The commission conducted a public hearing before the vote and listened as 21 of 23 people spoke in opposition to the machines. The panel amended its rules to require government-issued identification in order to buy tickets from the m ...
Aug 20, 2010, 11:57 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. Lottery computer switch a glitch for some retailers
New York Lottery players who frequent a popular Albany-area convenience store chain may be out of luck for a little while.
Lottery spokeswoman Jennifer Givner says terminals at some Stewart's Shops weren't working Sunday because of a glitch related to a statewide computer-system change. Lottery officials expect to resolve the problem by Monday.
Meanwhile, Givner says terminals are working at most of the other 16,500 lottery retailers around the state. She says the problem affects about 80 ...
Aug 2, 2010, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Computer glitch takes down Penn. Lottery terminals
Pennsylvania Lottery officials said they've fixed a computer glitch that took down game terminals across the state for more than seven hours Thursday.
Lottery officials in Harrisburg told local media that the machines always shut down overnight, and come back online at about 5:30 a.m., but that didn't happen Thursday morning.
Officials said that a computer network problem affecting terminal-based games and ticket validation functions lasted until about noon.
Lottery officials s ...
Jul 9, 2010, 1:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery mistake wins Ohio store clerk $250,000
An Ohio store clerk's mistake when printing a Mega Millions lottery ticket has won her $250,000.
Naomi Mauller, a clerk at Woolfe's Huff Puff on Main Street in New Lexington, Ohio, forgot to add an extra Kicker game to a customer's lottery ticket on Tuesday night, so she printed a new ticket and bought her $2 mistake. Both her ticket and its twin hit, raking in $250,000 for each winner.
You can't cancel the Mega Millions ticket, said Mauller, 51, a resident of New Lexington in Perry Count ...
Jun 28, 2010, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
Mistake on lottery ticket would have won $30M jackpot
Player voids mistake ticket, but it turned out to be the winner
A St. John's lottery player may have saved a dozen dollars while cancelling an overcharged lottery ticket, but missed out on a $30 million jackpot.
A customer at the Corner Store, a convenience store in the Goulds neighbourhood of St. John's, ordered a $12 ticket on May 21, leading up to that night's Atlantic Lottery Lotto Max jackpot.
The [clerk] printed it off and made a mistake on the machine, and it came out $27. She o ...
Jun 19, 2010, 4:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Store owner jailed one year for stealing $5.7M lottery ticket
A former convenience store owner who cheated a customer out of a $5.7 million lottery ticket has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Hafiz Malik, 63, sat quietly as Ontario provincial court Justice Rebecca Shamai pronounced sentence Tuesday at Old City Hall courthouse in downtown Toronto.
Dressed in a black T-shirt and grey slacks, the white-haired Malik listened intently to the judge's reasons.
In December, Malik had pleaded to fraud.
He admitted to tricking a customer, Lorraine Teich ...
Jun 16, 2010, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum