N.Y. man pleads guilty to stealing to feed his lottery habit
His unlucky numbers turned out to be 5 and 15.
A compulsive lottery player pleaded guilty today to stealing $2.3 million from condo and co-op buildings he managed in Manhattan to feed his love of randomly drawn ping-pong balls.
Richard Bassik, 67, will be sentenced to 5 to 15 years behind bars after accepting a deal that could keep him locked up until death. With time already served, Bassik's best hope for freedom won't come until early 2015.
I hope when he gets out, it'll be on his ow ...
Sep 17, 2010, 8:00 am - 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
Thieves try to cash stolen S.C. lottery tickets in N.C.
A Gastonia, N.C., woman accused of stealing scratch-off lottery tickets from a Clover Mini-Mart tried to retrieve prize money in North Carolina and successfully cashed 27 winners in South Carolina before being caught.
Kristi Lynn Welch, 20, was booked in York County on Monday night in connection with a break-in at Borderline Mini-mart on U.S. 321 in Clover, authorities say.
Welch is one of three people facing charges in the May burglary. They are accused of cashing tickets stolen from that ...
Jul 21, 2010, 11:24 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
Store clerk gets prison term for Ohio lottery ticket theft
Deborah Strong admits she is a habitual thief whose gambling addiction has resulted in her stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employers over the last decade.
For her latest theft more than $500,000 in Ohio Lottery scratch-off tickets from a Kroger store she was sent Tuesday to prison for the maximum sentence of five years. She pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated theft last month.
The sentence was imposed by Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Helmick, who ...
Jun 2, 2010, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Clerk arrested in undercover Lottery sting
Investigator was paid $50 for ticket worth $20,000
An employee of the City Limits Deli Mart in Sumner and her companion got an unpleasant surprise Monday when they traveled to Washington's Lottery headquarters to claim what they thought was a $20,000 prize.
Olympia police arrested the two women for allegedly trying to claim the prize through fraud or deception, according to a Lottery spokeswoman.
The alleged fraud occurred Thursday, when an undercover Lottery employee posing as a custom ...
Apr 21, 2010, 7:22 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victim dies scarred
Even in the last months of her life, Lorraine Teicht could not fully trust people.
She could never get over how three of her workmates had once turned on her.
Suspicious that she had filched a $5.7 million 6/49 lottery ticket that rightfully belonged to all four, they had hired a private eye to see if her lifestyle had dramatically changed.
I could not trust them after they came to my house and accused me of stealing the winnings, Teicht wrote on March 11.
I still do not feel relax ...
Apr 16, 2010, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania store manager accused in lottery thefts
The ex-store manager of a Bangor, Pennsylvania, area gas station pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she stole instant lottery tickets that cost the station a little more than $74,000 over three years.
While Tolino Fuel Service officials said Michelle Ann Zucal, 39, of Bangor had admitted to stealing lottery tickets, defense attorney Gregory Paglianite tried to raise questions as to how they know Zucal was responsible for the store's entire loss.
During sometimes heated exchanges wit ...
Apr 6, 2010, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victim, 78, becomes scammer, swindles friends
Duped friends, neighbors, pastor out of more than $1 million
This was the trip that would bring them the jackpot.
Doris Siegel and a friend boarded a plane to Amsterdam in August 2008 for a $1 million payout, money that would finally prove that the Nigerian lottery she'd told friends and neighbors about was no scam.
Siegel and her friend met with five men who called themselves Nigerian businessmen, authorities said. They were taken to the basement of a building and told they would need ...
Mar 30, 2010, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum