Oregon waitress gets four years in lottery heist
A 33-year-old Beaverton, Oregon, waitress was sentenced to four years in prison today for robbing a lottery outlet and hitting the clerk over the head with a whiskey bottle.
Angela Marie Kotoff pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery. As part of a plea deal, the case was removed from Measure 11 sentencing and charges of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon were dropped.
According to police reports, Kotoff went to Dotty's Deli at 12266 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road in Tigard after s ...
Sep 26, 2007, 11:40 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket theft wins larceny count
A nurse's aide faces a larceny charge after she allegedly stole a winning $3,125 lottery ticket from an elderly town woman who cares for physically and mentally handicapped children in her home.
Monica Blackwell-Simms, 38, of Newfield Avenue, Bridgeport, is charged with third-degree larceny following her arrest Wednesday by state authorities.
Blackwell-Simms worked for the Stratford-based Family Care Visiting Nurse Home Care Agency at the time, said Kevin McGuire, an investigator with th ...
Sep 24, 2007, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Clerk tricks lotto winner, pockets money
A man who went to a 7-Eleven in Roseville, Calif., to check on his lottery tickets had picked the right numbers, but state officials said it was the clerk who almost hit the jackpot.
The female clerk told the customer he won $4 on his Mega Millions picks for Aug. 14, and then pocketed his winning ticket worth $555,000, California Lottery officials said.
However, the clerk's alleged scheme fell apart after the unnamed victim became suspicious and called lottery officials.
Rajinder Kaur, ...
Sep 7, 2007, 10:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Thieves burn store, steal lottery tickets
Latest in string of lottery ticket thefts
The boarded up windows at John Patel's convenience store hide the damage within.
These people, I don't know what to think about them, Patel said of the people who set his business on fire. They're mentally sick, I think. Why they did the fire, I don't understand.
Early Monday morning, two men broke into Patel's store on Dean Street in Rome, Georgia, stole at least 30 rolls of scratch off lottery tickets, then set a fire in an attempt to cov ...
Sep 5, 2007, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum
Lure of riches fuels lottery craze in China
Jackpot chasers steal millions in cash, only to spend them on tickets
Two employees at a Chinese bank dream of getting rich quick. The only two with the keys to the vault, they steal a few thousand dollars to see whether anyone notices. No one does. So they take more. In the course of a month, they walk away with $6.6 million.
Instead of running away with their mountains of cash, the two do something seemingly illogical.
They buy lottery tickets.
Since police arrested the pair this s ...
Aug 20, 2007, 6:22 am - Lottery News forum
Woman must forfeit $1 million lottery jackpot
A White City, Oregon, woman must turn over her lottery winnings after a judge said she won them illegally.
Prosecutors said Christina Goodenow, of White City, used a credit card that belonged to her then-boyfriend's dead mother to buy a winning $1 million Scratch-It ticket in Oct. 2005.
Goodenow asked lottery officials to keep her win quiet, claiming to be a victim of domestic violence. But police learned of the crime about two weeks later, as Goodenow continued to use the stolen credit ca ...
Aug 11, 2007, 9:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery Winner's Lucky Day Turns into One Heck of a Mess
The lure of quick cash from someone else's winning lottery ticket now has three women facing some serious charges, after their alleged plan proved to be very unlucky.
Imagine you just found out you won $25,000 in the lottery. You get a receipt but in your haste, you actually leave the ticket at the store. And when you got back, it is gone. Well, that is just what happened to a 24-year-old Tina-Marie Ware from Rensselaer. She kept looking and looking and finally, needed the State Police to ...
Jul 18, 2007, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum
Thieving customers steal thousand of Texas Lottery lottery tickets
Police say thieves have stolen Texas lottery tickets at seven different Bedford convenience stores in recent days. A store in Grapevine was also hit.
The thefts started on July 3 followed by two on July 4, one last Friday,and three over the weekend.
Investigators said they are looking for several suspects.
In all the cases, one of the thieves distracted the cashier while another grabbed the tickets.
Police were viewing store surveillance videos from the stores on Tuesday, trying to ...
Jul 11, 2007, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket thief gets 20 years
It probably wasn't the prize he was hoping for.
Instead of a large cash payout, a Holyoke, Massachusetts, man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting he stole more than $1,600 worth of lottery scratch tickets from convenience stores.
George Cordero pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court this week to breaking and entering into a building at night with the intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building, larceny over $250 and other charges in connection with thefts from th ...
Jun 20, 2007, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Police foil alleged plot to kidnap lottery winners
Police in Montreal say they've foiled a bizarre extortion and murder plot apparently aimed at a couple who pocketed a $27 million lottery jackpot last month.
An 18-year-old Mexican citizen was arrested Monday afternoon in a Montreal neighbourhood and arraigned yesterday for conspiracy to abduct, conspiracy to commit murder and other charges.
Edwin Scarlotte Mata Lima, who arrived in Canada four months ago, is alleged to have planned the murder of Zenovij Pacholuk and Dolores Coffey, winner ...
Jun 20, 2007, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum