Store owner guilty of stealing lottery ticket, claiming it as his own
Faces up to 14 years for claiming $5.75 million prize
A former convenience store owner pleaded guilty Thursday to fraudulently claiming a $5.75 million winning Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket as his own.
Hafiz Malik, 62, validated the lottery ticket at his now-closed convenience store near Dufferin Street and Dupont Street in June 2004 but didn't tell his customer she had won the jackpot.
Seven months later, he claimed the prize, according to an agreed statement of facts read out in court.
Dec 7, 2009, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
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
Police arrest four in Chicago lottery ticket scam
Police arrested two men and two women earlier this week who allegedly ran a lottery ticket scam that targeted elderly Hispanic victims.
The four worked as a team and typically sought out elderly Hispanic victims at stores and on the street, according to a release from the Chicago Police.
The suspects would approach a victim two at a time and explain they were illegal immigrants and had a winning lottery ticket of more than one million dollars. They would then offer to share the winnings if ...
Nov 8, 2009, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
Victim of stolen Texas lottery ticket says he knows how to get money back
Willis Willis has an idea how he can get his money back from the store clerk who authorities say stole his $1 million winning lottery ticket.
Just get me in a room with him for two minutes, says the 67-year-old Navy veteran.
Willis was back home in Grand Prairie on Tuesday after a meeting with Texas Lottery Commission officials Monday in Austin in which his attorneys tried unsuccessfully to collect the winnings.
It was a meeting that only seemed to add confusion and frustration to the ...
Nov 4, 2009, 8:20 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
Store clerk accused of stealing $1M lottery ticket from customer
Willis Willis may have had the winning lottery ticket, but it was the convenience store clerk who had his number.
As authorities tell it, years of playing the Texas lottery finally paid off for the Grand Prairie man in May when he walked into the Lucky Food Store with a million-dollar ticket.
But in a double twist of tortured fortune, an opportunistic clerk may have cheated him out of his ticket and his treasure.
Now, while Willis waits to be a millionaire, police are searching for the ...
Oct 22, 2009, 5:58 am - Lottery News forum
Convicted embezzler to forfeit Kansas Lottery prize
Paul W. Lyle learned that he won the grand prize in a Kansas Lottery second-chance drawing at his preliminary hearing 11 days ago. Trouble was: The former radio executive was facing a charge of felony theft for embezzling a reported $87,750 from his employer, American Media Investments, which owns three radio stations in Pittsburg, five in Joplin, Mo., and five more in Texas.
The supreme irony: Lyle, 63, the company's chief operating officer until the theft was discovered in May, confessed th ...
Oct 3, 2009, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner loses ticket, awarded unspent portion from couple who found it
Amanda Stacey and her husband, Michael, who found a winning lottery ticket on the floor of a shop and collected the 30,000 prize have been ordered to pay back half the money to the person who originally bought it.
The couple spent half the money clearing debts, buying new carpets and treating their children after Mrs. Stacey spotted the slip in a Co-op supermarket in Swindon, Wilts.
However, Dorothy McDonagh, who had bought the 1 Daily Play ticket, called the UK National Lottery operator C ...
Jul 25, 2009, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery retailers to be policed for fraud, officials say
The legislation laying the groundwork for Arkansas' lottery does not require it, but officials say they expect the lottery system to include a security division that will be on the lookout for fraud by retailers.
The problem of fraud by lottery retailers gained new attention in the U.S. in the wake of a 2007 scandal in Canada, where investigators found that retailers and their employees were winning a disproportionately large number of prizes.
Between 1999 and 2006, at least 78 retail owne ...
May 19, 2009, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery store owners, employees winning big and often
Some of the same people who sell North Carolina Education Lottery tickets are winning big and winning often and that makes some people suspicious.
Of the lottery retailers winning prizes, some are amassing significant jackpots repeatedly $100,000, $300,000, and $500,000 prizes dozens of times a year.
Is it just dumb luck? Or do these insiders have some kind of inside track? And what is the state doing about it?
A regular lottery player first brought the pattern of retailers winning the ...
May 1, 2009, 2:50 pm - Lottery News forum