Florida shopkeeper accused of taking tourist's lottery winnings
Naji Farah thought it was his lucky day: a $5,000 lottery prize.
The only problem, police say, the lottery ticket wasn't his.
The Miami Beach market owner is accused of scamming the rightful owner, telling the man the ticket was worth $600 and pocketing the rest.
Police arrested Farah, 45, this week on a charge of felony grand theft. And Florida lottery officials have suspended his store's license while the criminal charges are pending.
Miami Beach police say Farah took advantage of ...
Dec 10, 2010, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum
Glitches with new D.C. Lottery system prompt complaints, long lines
Change did not come easily Tuesday for D.C. Lottery retailers and customers, who waited in lines and struggled with a new lottery system run by Greek gaming giant Intralot and Maryland businessman Emmanuel S. Bailey.
After an unprecedented five-hour delay in commencing the lottery system about three hours of which put off payouts from winning numbers users on both sides of the bulletproof glass in D.C. convenience stores began the day with a host of complaints.
The Washington Times visited ...
Nov 26, 2010, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Some Michigan retailers are lucky spots for lottery players
A Highland Park porn shop won fame earlier this month for indulging a common vice.
Not that vice!
The Uptown Bookstore on Woodward sold a winning Powerball ticket worth $128.6 million.
In all, Michigan residents bought $2.37 billion in lottery tickets in the last budget year about $4,500 a minute. That's down from the record year of 2009 ($2.38 billion), but it still averages nearly $237 for every man, woman and child in Michigan.
In Detroit, the state's biggest city, more than $326 ...
Nov 26, 2010, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
Shop owner sells himself winning lottery ticket
A shop owner in western Pennsylvania has sold himself a winning $1.8 million lottery ticket and as the seller of the ticket, he'll get an extra $10,000.
Ron Rea owns Tobacco World stores in Uniontown and Belle Vernon. He bought the winning ticket for the Nov. 18 Match 6 Lotto drawing at the Belle Vernon store.
The Match 6 lotto game returned to the Pennsylvania Lottery games on June 3rd and since then it has produced two jackpot winners. This is also the second largest Pennsylvania Lottery ...
Nov 25, 2010, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
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