Police: Store clerk conned La. lotto winner out of $800,000
A lottery loser may have been a big winner after all.
A joint investigation by Louisiana State Police and the state's Lottery Corporation determined on Wednesday that a clerk at a Belle Chasse convenience store conned a jackpot winner out of his ticket and a payoff of $800,000.
The purchase of the ticket took place in late May, according to local media sources.
When the owner brought the ticket back to the store to claim his prize, the clerk allegedly told him he was mistaken and kept t ...
Sep 26, 2008, 11:29 pm - Lottery News forum
4 charged in killing of $250,000 lottery winner in Ohio
Burglars returned again and again to the home of a $250,000 Ohio Lottery winner who had two Jaguars, a Rolex watch and lots of cash. The final intrusion, apparently by different criminals, left the 78-year-old retired stockbroker dead of a gunshot wound.
Police aren't saying if Lee Kost's death last Thursday was related to the Mega Millions prize that he won on Sept. 28. But it was clear burglars focused on his home, hitting the house sometime early in the year, again about March 11 and on Ap ...
May 20, 2008, 11:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Stolen lottery ticket wins suspect a trip to jail
On Tuesday morning, three Orangeburg, South Carolina, police officers stopped a man accused of trying to cash in a stolen lottery ticket at the Corner Pantry store.
The convenience store incident was caught on tape.
I just think he was a dumb crook, explained cashier Wanda Lowden.
He learned a tough lesson being taken down by three police officers after he tried to cash a stolen lottery ticket. And the police officers they just happened to be waiting in line.
Talk about bad t ...
Apr 18, 2008, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum
Man caught stealing from charity lottery
The boss of a charity lottery has been jailed for pocketing thousands of pounds and taking his family on the dream holiday which was supposed to be the grand prize.
Millionaire Leigh Windsor, aged 46, stole $550,000 from two air ambulance charities and picked phantom winners from the phone book after rigging the draws.
He skimmed off the first three months of payments from thousands of customers who joined up because they believed they were supporting charity.
Windsor took his family ...
Apr 8, 2008, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
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