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
Wyoming Lottery ad campaign starts with rodeo
With the launch of the Wyoming Lottery just over a month away, officials will begin a statewide advertising campaign and training the retailers who will be selling the tickets.
The Wyoming Lottery Commission heard reports Wednesday from staff on last-minute details leading to the first Powerball and Mega Millions ticket sales on Aug. 24. It is Wyoming's first foray into the lottery frenzy that has become a fixture in most other states.
Wyoming Lottery CEO Jon Clontz said he expects more th ...
Jul 17, 2014, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery kicks off campaign to protect customers from dishonest clerks
Players reminded to sign tickets immediately
The Florida Lottery has launched a new campaign after some store owners were claiming big prizes time and time again despite the small odds.
The lottery has posted videos online and will soon display posters at retail locations urging players to sign their tickets.
They hope this will help prevent store employees from stealing their winning tickets.
When it comes to winning scratch-off lottery games, people who own or work at convenience s ...
Jun 18, 2014, 4:50 pm - Lottery News forum
11 more retailers suspended by Florida Lottery
Includes video report
The Florida Lottery, suspecting fraud, has suspended sales at 11 more stores, bringing the total to 14 since a Palm Beach Post investigation revealed startling patterns of winners.
Two of the stores were owned by winners profiled in The Post's investigation.
Amit and Nita Thakker have owned or operated various stores in and around Gainesville for years. Since 2005, they've cashed in 226 big lottery prizes worth more than $560,000.
Lottery officials seized equipm ...
May 17, 2014, 2:13 pm - Lottery News forum
2 charged with extorting cousin over stolen Florida Lottery tickets
Ketan and Chirag Patel had big plans to cash in on Florida Lottery tickets but they weren't hoping for Lady Luck to work in their favor, deputies said.
Both men were arrested Tuesday on extortion charges.
After Ketan Patel found out that an employee at his wife's convenience store was responsible for stealing about $5,000 in lottery tickets, instead of reporting the man to authorities, Ketan Patel threatened to have the man and his sister deported if he didn't hand over nearly $250,000, de ...
May 15, 2014, 12:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery to begin accepting retailer applications
Lottery ticket sales expected to begin in August
Starting May 21, the Wyoming Lottery Corp. will begin accepting applications from Wyoming retail business owners who want to sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at their retail locations.
Properly completed and vetted applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beginning May 21, Wyoming retail business owners can either fill out and submit an application online at www.wyolotto.com, download and print a retail ...
May 13, 2014, 5:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Minnesota lottery officials try to salvage online sales
Minnesota State Lottery officials are scrambling to craft a last-ditch deal that would stop legislators from slamming shut the lottery's foray into online ticket sales.
Lottery officials have been meeting daily with legislators to broker a compromise that would allow them to continue selling tickets online while prohibiting any new initiatives.
I am hoping we can we reach some kind of common ground, state lottery director Ed Van Petten said. I think there is a chance that people will fina ...
May 9, 2014, 4:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Undercover officers catch store clerks keeping winning lottery tickets
Includes video report
A man walks into a convenience store and asks the clerk to check his lottery tickets. Can you scan these and see if there are any winners? he asks. The clerk scans the first ticket and freezes, staring at the screen that shows it's a $1,000 winner. The clerk shakes his head, puts the ticket to the side and tells the customer, There's nothing on them.
What the clerk doesn't know is that the customer is an undercover officer wearing a hidden camera, which captures the ...
Apr 27, 2014, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery terminates contracts of three retailers
Each retailer violated Florida law, banned from ever selling lottery again
Three Pompano Beach, Florida, stores that sold lottery tickets violated state law and won't ever be allowed to sell tickets again, Florida Lottery officials announced Monday.
Officials said in a news release that the three stores, which were raided this month, also broke lottery rules and the terms of their contract.
The news release did not specify which laws were broken or whether any legal action would be take ...
Apr 22, 2014, 8:43 pm - Lottery News forum