Iowa Lottery requires winners to sign tickets
On the heels of a similar announcement from the Ontario Lottery, the Iowa Lottery has imposed a new rule aimed at reducing the possibility of retailer fraud.
Starting March 15, 2008, Iowa retailers will only be able to check and cash lottery tickets if they have first been signed by the ticketholder.
The lottery also reinforced that players are responsible for the accuracy of their tickets before leaving the store, and for determining if their ticket is a winner.
Under current rules, re ...
Mar 10, 2008, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Man accused of stealing $10,000 lottery ticket from co-workers
Felony theft charges have been filed against the employee of a Collinsville business who pocketed a winning $10,000 ticket from an office lottery pool.
Curtis B. Devore of Collinsville was charged Wednesday with taking possession of a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket purchased last month by a group of employees at Bethel-Eckert Enterprises Inc. a grocery supplier for the military and cashing in the ticket.
Devore, 28, basically stole from everyone who would've won the money, said D ...
Mar 6, 2008, 1:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario store employee charged with stealing lottery prizes
New prize redemption rules aimed at reducing theft
A former convenience store employee in North Bay, Ontario, is facing theft and fraud charges for allegedly redeeming two customers' scratch-and-win lottery tickets.
Sgt. Chris Williams of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's Investigation and Support Bureau says these are the first such charges the unit has laid since its inception Jan. 1.
The unit, comprised of provincial police officers, investigates claims of insider lotter ...
Feb 27, 2008, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Three men charged with stealing $1M from lottery winner
North Branford, Connecticut, police have arrested three men for allegedly stealing $1 million in cash from a man who hit the lottery more than 20 years ago.
Police say the North Branford resident kept his winnings in a home safe.
Police say two of the three East Haven men arrested are the grandson and son-in-law of the alleged victim.
The money was apparently taken during two thefts in November but the victim, not identified by police, didn't notice the money was missing from his safe ...
Feb 27, 2008, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
Man arrested after snatching lottery tickets from player
A California man is in jail after he robbed a woman of her lottery tickets and later fled from officers, police said.
The robbery occurred around 10:40 p.m. Sunday as a woman left Lone Tree Liquors in Antioch, California, and was heading toward the 2700 block of Tregallas Road, police said. That's when a man approached her, and after a struggle, wrested away some lottery tickets she had just bought.
Witnesses quickly found an Antioch police officer and described the robber. The officer tra ...
Feb 22, 2008, 11:59 am - Lottery News forum
Police break up suspected lottery ticket theft ring
In Washington state, police have arrested three people on suspicion of stealing lottery scratch tickets from stores all over King and Snohomish counties, then cashing them in at other stores.
The arrests follow a week-long investigation into the suspected serial lottery ticket thefts by Kirkland police, Bothell police and King County sheriff's detectives.
The investigation began Feb. 7 after Kirkland police responded to a theft of lottery scratch tickets from a Kirkland gas station in the ...
Feb 14, 2008, 6:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Pair arrested for stealing lottery tickets for 3 years
Claimed $187,000 in winnings from stolen scratch-offs
A clerk at Local Yokel food mart has been arrested for stealing Florida Lottery scratch-off tickets and raking in $187,000 in winnings.
Michelle Joan Despain, 35, of Daphne, Ala., is accused of stealing books of tickets and claiming them in Escambia County and in Orlando during a family vacation, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office.
The tickets she stole would have sold for more than $243,000.
Despain's husband, ...
Feb 8, 2008, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
Judge rules thief keeps lottery jackpot
The Massachusetts bank robber accused of violating his probation by scratching and winning a $1 million lottery ticket will keep his windfall and will not face jail time as a result of a court hearing this morning in Barnstable.
Appearing in Barnstable Superior Court, Timothy Elliott, 55, was found in violation of his probation for buying the $800 Million Spectacular scratch ticket at the Hyannis Stop Shop on Independence Drive on Nov. 23.
He was today ordered to pay $65 a month to mo ...
Jan 18, 2008, 7:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket thief sentenced
East Greenbush woman to serve six months of weekends in jail despite pleas for leniency
An East Greenbush woman who admitted stealing a $25,000 winning lottery ticket was sentenced Thursday to six months of weekends in jail, despite pleas from her attorney that the court show some mercy and drop the jail time.
Kelly Clifford, 21, appeared before Judge Robert Jacon for sentencing last week, when her lawyer, John Kelleher, asked for compassion for his client.
During that appearance, Kel ...
Jan 11, 2008, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Contractors steal $70,000 in lottery prize money
Computer system breached; technicians printed bogus tickets, investigators allege
D.C. officials were told last year that lax enforcement of security procedures made it possible for a handful of contract employees to steal tens of thousands of dollars in lottery tickets and prize money, according to records released this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.
An investigation conducted by Battelle Memorial I ...
Jan 9, 2008, 3:53 pm - Lottery News forum