Pa. clerk stole $48K in lottery tickets
A woman faces a preliminary hearing on charges she stole $48,000 worth of instant-win Pennsylvania lottery tickets from the convenience store where she worked.
Online court records do not list an attorney for 39-year-old Diane Justi, of Freedom.
Police in Conway say Justi stole the tickets while working at the Conway Superette between April and September.
Police say one of the store's owners alerted them to the thefts. Police say store surveillance tapes clearly showed Justi stealing th ...
Nov 17, 2009, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Cheated winner wants Texas Lottery to pay up
A man cheated of his million-dollar jackpot wants the Texas Lottery to pay up.
The case of Willis Willis drew widespread attention a week ago after a store clerk was indicted for allegedly keeping Willis' winning ticket and claiming the 67-year-old Grand Prairie man's prize in June.
The clerk, identified as Pankaj Joshi, is considered a fugitive.
And Willis is still waiting for his money.
It's been amazing what's going on, Willis, who said he does maintenance work at apartment build ...
Oct 28, 2009, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery vending machines rolled out across Florida
Scratch-off Florida Lottery tickets are one of the quickest, easiest ways for gamblers to take a chance at riches and, for the most part, come up empty.
But sometimes demand can create lottery bottlenecks at places such as your neighborhood Publix customer service counter.
That's why state leaders are making the instant gratification of scratch-off tickets even more instant installing 1,000 ticket vending machines at lottery retailers across Florida, primarily supermarkets.
''It helps b ...
Sep 8, 2009, 9:08 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. man claims half of $333M Mega Millions lottery jackpot
A Southern California man has claimed one half of the $333 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
The California Lottery said Wednesday that Kevyn Ogawa had the winning numbers for the August 28th drawing. He took the cash option, meaning he'll take home about $107 million.
Lottery officials say Ogawa, who preferred not to be interviewed, went to the Van Nuys lottery office Wednesday to claim his prize.
He bought his ticket from an Asian noodle shop in San Gabriel. The business will rec ...
Sep 4, 2009, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery begins licensing retailers for ticket sales
A Murphy USA retail outlet in Magnolia on Wednesday received the first license issued in the state to sell tickets for Arkansas' scholarship lottery when scratch-off games begin next month.
Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue presented the ceremonial first retailer license to Murphy Oil President Hank Heithaus during a meeting of the Arkansas Lottery Commission.
Steve Beck, regional director for Intralot, the firm hired to run the lottery's drawing games, told commissioners the installatio ...
Aug 26, 2009, 10:53 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery expands vending machine use
North Carolina Education Lottery Commission officials are hoping a new deal that will allow players to purchase Powerball and other game tickets from vending machines will help extend the lottery's reach into more retail chain stores, like Walmart.
The deal was made on Tuesday with GTECH Corp., which runs ticket printing and logistics for the state lottery. GTECH will provide the extra machines at no charge, in exchange for the state extending their contract with the company for four more yea ...
Aug 19, 2009, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery players looking for luck after $88M win
Lottery tickets have been selling like wildfire since Kings Mountain resident Jeff Wilson won $88.1 million playing Powerball, said Angi White, assistant manager of the Petro Express in Kings Mountain where the winning ticket was sold.
White said lottery sales have probably doubled since Wilson hit the jackpot last week.
This place is crazy, White said. I think everybody thinks they're going to hit here again. They always say, 'Give me the lucky one.' You never know.
Harold Clemmer, w ...
Jun 30, 2009, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum
$39M lottery ticket sold at Santa Cruz store
One lucky Californian is holding a SuperLotto Plus lottery ticket worth $39 million.
It was bought from the Santa Cruz Market on California Avenue in the Circles. No one has stepped forward yet to claim the prize.
Store owner Bongkook Choi is beside himself with joy.
I can't believe it, said the man who has owned the market for six years. We are so lucky.
Lottery officials called him around 9 p.m. Saturday night to report that one person bought the winning ticket with all six Super ...
Jun 22, 2009, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Recent checks of Iowa Lottery retailers find no fraud
Security checks at lottery ticket sale locations at about 200 locations statewide in recent months have revealed no improper payments of prizes to or by store personnel, Iowa's lottery chief told a panel of state legislators last week.
Terry Rich, chief executive officer of the Iowa Lottery, played up the safety and profitability of the lottery before members of the Legislature's Oversight Committee in the wake of an expansive report by Iowa's Ombudsman of State. The April report found the lo ...
Jun 15, 2009, 7:14 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia high court rules that lottery must be accessible
Federal and state laws require the Virginia Lottery to ensure that its games are accessible to people with disabilities, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
But nothing in those laws specifies how accessibility must be achieved, the court said in a unanimous decision reviving a lawsuit filed by four disabled Virginians who identified 16 lottery retailers unable to accommodate their wheelchairs.
The court returned the case to Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret P. Spencer to determine what ...
Jun 5, 2009, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum