Trial begins for man linked to double-murder by lottery tickets
A Chicago man accused of fatally shooting a cashier and customer inside a Southwest Side convenience store in 2005 almost got away with it, but a trail that started with lottery tickets he'd purchased moments before the killings ultimately led police to him, prosecutors said Tuesday as the man's double-murder trial got underway.
Timothy Fountain, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the August 2005 shooting deaths of clerk Graciela Rodriguez, 37, and Nicholas Guerrero, ...
Oct 24, 2012, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum
Honest: Idaho Lottery retailers pass 4-month security audit
Using undercover operatives and decoy high-tier winning tickets, the Idaho Lottery has concluded a four month investigation to protect the security and integrity of all its games. During the investigation, the Lottery evaluated cashing procedures of the decoy winning tickets at 128 of its 1150 retailers in 61 cities and towns across Idaho. The net result of the investigation showed that 100% of all Idaho Lottery retailers checked had met all of the security and integrity criteria.
We believe ...
Sep 17, 2012, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery player says scanner not accurate
One man's faith in the reliability of Florida's lottery system has been shaken after an odd incident.
It was around 8:30 p.m. the evening after a drawing. Robert Campisi, 48, a retired business owner and electrical contractor, was in the Exxon at 7624 Front Beach Road.
Campisi said he was engaged in an activity that is all too familiar to him. And like most of the time, as he scanned the Powerball and Quick Pick lottery tickets at the external scanner, an all too familiar message appeared ...
Sep 16, 2012, 3:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Minn. store clerk accused of "micro-scratching" lottery tickets
What began as a complaint from a lottery customer about the loss of $15 led to an undercover operation and eventually the arrest of a store clerk for lottery fraud.
A man told the Minnesota State Lottery he'd bought a scratch ticket at the Casablanca Market in Hopkins. He scratched it and found he'd won $15.
But, when he took the ticket to the Lottery booth at the Minnesota State Fair, he was told the ticket had already been redeemed.
Lottery Security checked the records they had from C ...
Jun 26, 2012, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Lucky store: Sells third $1M lottery ticket
The James Quick Mart on James Reynolds Road in Swansea, Massachusetts, must have a good luck charm stashed under its counter for the third time in the past five years, it sold a $1 million lottery ticket to one of its customers.
Clerk Shiv Patel said he sold the ticket to a man who came back after scratching it to tell him of his good fortune.
That night around 9 o'clock he just stopped by to say, 'I was the one who hit the million dollars and I got the ticket from here,' and I was like, ...
Jun 19, 2012, 4:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Store owner tried to scam woman out of lottery winnings
Louisiana Lottery able to track down real winner
A woman was almost scammed out of her lottery winnings by the convenience store where she bought the ticket, according to Louisiana Lottery officials. But a simple step helped authorities find the rightful winner.
Fong Kwok hasn't had a day off in four years. So when she found out she won $10,000 in the Louisiana Lottery she was ecstatic.
That day I just was so happy, said Kwok, who owns Bamboo Restaurant in New Orleans East. I could not ...
May 20, 2012, 7:23 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery glitch causes many duplicate Quick Pick tickets
Mary Ellen Reiter felt like she got one losing ticket for the price of two after discovering that eight sets of numbers on one Illinois Lottery quick-pick ticket that she bought matched eight sets of numbers on another.
I think that they should make it right, said Reiter, 52, of Evanston, who bought the duplicate tickets Sunday at a convenience store in the northern suburb. The way I figure, I should at least receive back $5 of free quick-picks.
About 3,000 tickets were similarly affecte ...
May 7, 2012, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas woman loses bid for $1M lottery ticket picked from trash
An Arkansas woman who cashed a $1 million lottery ticket may have to give up the winnings to a woman who threw away the ticket after she bought it, according to a judge's ruling Tuesday.
The judge decided that Sharon Duncan was entitled to the prize money, not Sharon Jones, who claimed the prize money after she took the ticket from a trash can of discarded lottery tickets at a convenience store in Beebe, a city about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Jones' attorney, James Simpson, said h ...
May 1, 2012, 10:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Vermont Lottery offers new self-service machines
It's a busy travel day at the Guilford Rest Area, and tourists all seem to have the same reason for stopping.
Probably one of the best rest areas I have ever been to in the country, said Tim Donahue from Lester, Massachusetts.
We enjoy stopping here because it is a beautiful rest stop. Probably one of the most beautiful in the country, said John McGuire from Torrington, Connecticut.
Any time we come up to this area I love this rest stop. It's just beautiful here, said Dave Ranan from ...
Jan 17, 2012, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Convenience stores worried about online lottery plan
Illinois convenience stores are bracing for a financial hit as sales of Illinois lottery tickets are set to go online later this year.
Lottery officials estimate the state will take in $150 million more annually once sales go online, and will attract hundreds of thousands of new players.
But Bill Fleischli, executive vice president of the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores, said those are players who will no longer frequent their corner store.
They're actually going to reduce o ...
Jan 17, 2012, 7:15 am - Lottery News forum