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
New report criticizes Iowa Lottery security
Report claims lottery not investigating fraud complaints
The state ombudsman issued a report Tuesday alleging Iowa Lottery officials have failed to adequately protect the enterprise's customers from fraud and theft by retailers.
Iowa Citizens' Aide/Ombudsman Bill Angrick said his review of three years' worth of lottery investigations found numerous customer complaints where leads went unexplored and potential crimes were not pursued.
And, Angrick said in a 210-page report, even when the ...
Apr 22, 2009, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Sting nabs Minnesota lottery clerks stealing winning tickets
Investigations will expand after lottery ticket agents attempt to redeem undercover agents' winning tickets
Five Twin Cities convenience store employees and three accomplices are facing lottery fraud charges after they were caught by undercover investigators allegedly trying to cash in winning lottery tickets for themselves.
The fraud was discovered after the Minnesota State Lottery's security office and the state's Alcohol Gambling Enforcement Division set up a sting operation to test whe ...
Mar 30, 2009, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
More Calif. stores accused of stealing customers' lottery prizes
Perhaps you're not quite as unlucky in the lottery as you thought.
That scratcher ticket you tossed? Well, it just might have been a winner with the cash prize going to none other than the store owner or clerk you passed it off to as garbage.
Ten retailers and clerks are accused of trying to cash in customers' winning lottery tickets at three locations in San Jose, two in Milpitas and one in Santa Clara. Nine people were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony grand theft of lottery ticket ...
Mar 6, 2009, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum
Man accused of cashing stolen lottery tickets
A Baltimore man's alleged attempts to cash lottery tickets stolen in a September armed robbery at a Hampstead gas station may have won him nothing but a trip to jail.
Mark Arthur Perry, 44, of the 1300 block of Ensor Street in Baltimore, is charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft of more than $500, first-degree assault and use of a handgun in a violent crime.
He was held without bail at a bail review hearing Friday, according to court records.
Perry and two other men allegedly robbed ...
Feb 26, 2009, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery retailers busted in raid
Store owners, clerks accused of stealing winning tickets
Lottery officials raided several mini marts Tuesday in Fresno, California.
Owners and clerks were taken away in handcuffs after undercover investigators say the suspects cheated would-be customers by lying about winning tickets.
Late last year officers posing as consumers showed up at many local mini marts to test their honesty. More than a dozen store owners and employees failed. Today, authorities caught up with them at the busi ...
Jan 22, 2009, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
Three accused of buying lottery tickets with stolen credit cards
A trio of suspected theives are in the Cowlitz County Jail after police stopped their car Monday and found hundreds of lottery scratch tickets.
The tickets had allegedly been purchased using VISA cards with fraudulent numbers, police said.
Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, Kelso police officer Bebe McFall heard a dispatch report about people trying to buy hundreds of dollars' worth of scratch tickets with bad debit cards at two convenience stores. The cards were denied.
McFall said she recog ...
Dec 3, 2008, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Florida men charged with lottery ticket theft
Two Jacksonville men are facing felony charges over a stolen lottery ticket that was redeemed for $20,000, according to a police report.
Kenneth R. Hayes, 55, and James C. Picray, 47, were charged Friday with dealing in stolen property, according to police records. Picray was also charged with grand theft, according to the records.
An arrest report said several books of lottery tickets were stolen since last month from the Kangaroo Express store at 5700 Philips Highway.
The report said ...
Nov 24, 2008, 9:28 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery suffers computer security breach
Sensitive personal data on 89,000 players copied by former employee
The Texas Lottery Commission is alerting tens of thousands of lottery winners that they're on a not-so-lucky list.
More than 89,000 lottery winners are being notified that sensitive information about them including their names, Social Security numbers, addresses and prize amounts were taken from the agency without permission by a former employee.
The 39-year-old computer analyst, who left the state commission last year ...
Nov 3, 2008, 6:00 pm - Lottery News forum