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
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