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Man pleads guilty to altering lottery ticket

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Buffalo, New York, man has admitted he altered a Mega Millions lottery ticket to make it look he'd won a $252 million jackpot.

The New York Lottery today announced that as a result of an investigation by the Lottery's Security Unit in cooperation with the New York State Police and the Erie County District Attorney's Office, 26-year-old Yann Spindler of Buffalo, entered a plea of guilty to charges of attempted Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, in connection with an altered Mega Millions ticket Spindler presented at the Lottery's Buffalo Customer Service Center on August 26, 2009.

Spindler, originally from Georgia, entered his guilty plea on February 23, 2010 after admitting to investigators that he used a computer to alter an official New York Lottery ticket for the August 25, 2009 Mega Millions drawing to make it look like it was a jackpot-winning ticket worth $252,000,000. There were no jackpot winning tickets sold for the Mega Millions drawing held on August 25, 2009.

Lottery surveillance cameras at the Lottery's Buffalo Customer Service Center show Spindler presenting what he claimed to be a jackpot-winning ticket to Lottery employees for payment on August 26, 2009. Trained Lottery employees immediately contacted security personnel who, in turn, partnered with the State Police and the office of Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III to investigate the matter. Upon his arrest, Spindler, a 2002 graduate of the New York State School for the Deaf, told police he altered the ticket because he wanted money to open a school for the deaf.

Lottery Director Gordon Medenica praised the coordinated efforts of the Lottery staff, State Police and Erie County District Attorney to bring this matter to a swift and decisive conclusion. "The New York Lottery remains committed to safeguarding the integrity of our games. I applaud the day-to-day efforts of Lottery staff statewide as well as the follow through demonstrated by the State Police and District Attorney's office. It confirms the strength of our internal controls and the support we receive from law enforcement authorities. Thanks to all for a job well done"

Spindler pleaded guilty to attempted Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. With the Lottery's agreement, he was released on a conditional discharge.

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Posted: February 25, 2010, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

A Buffalo, New York, man has admitted he altered a Mega Millions lottery ticket to make it look he'd won a $252 million jackpot.

The New York Lottery today announced that as a result of an investigation by the Lottery's Security Unit in cooperation with the New York State Police and the Erie County District Attorney's Office, 26-year-old Yann Spindler of Buffalo, entered a plea of guilty to charges of attempted Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, in connection with an altered Mega Millions ticket Spindler presented at the Lottery's Buffalo Customer Service Center on August 26, 2009.

Spindler, originally from Georgia, entered his guilty plea on February 23, 2010 after admitting to investigators that he used a computer to alter an official New York Lottery ticket for the August 25, 2009 Mega Millions drawing to make it look like it was a jackpot-winning ticket worth $252,000,000. There were no jackpot winning tickets sold for the Mega Millions drawing held on August 25, 2009.

Lottery surveillance cameras at the Lottery's Buffalo Customer Service Center show Spindler presenting what he claimed to be a jackpot-winning ticket to Lottery employees for payment on August 26, 2009. Trained Lottery employees immediately contacted security personnel who, in turn, partnered with the State Police and the office of Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III to investigate the matter. Upon his arrest, Spindler, a 2002 graduate of the New York State School for the Deaf, told police he altered the ticket because he wanted money to open a school for the deaf.

Lottery Director Gordon Medenica praised the coordinated efforts of the Lottery staff, State Police and Erie County District Attorney to bring this matter to a swift and decisive conclusion. "The New York Lottery remains committed to safeguarding the integrity of our games. I applaud the day-to-day efforts of Lottery staff statewide as well as the follow through demonstrated by the State Police and District Attorney's office. It confirms the strength of our internal controls and the support we receive from law enforcement authorities. Thanks to all for a job well done"

Spindler pleaded guilty to attempted Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. With the Lottery's agreement, he was released on a conditional discharge.

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Clearly he was not a lotto player as he would have known to check the site before attempting to cash the bogus ticket - some people just don't think !!

7981  7098  9681  2910  1089  9760

012 032 213 .... Let's get this money!!

    Raven62's avatar - binary
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    Posted: February 25, 2010, 9:39 pm - IP Logged

    Big Brother is Watching: All the Time!

    Moral to this Story: Don't try to Claim the Jackpot when their was No Jackpot Winner!

    A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

      Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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      Posted: February 25, 2010, 9:44 pm - IP Logged

      What a fool. It's amazing people believe fooling the lottery into thinking you have a jackpot winning ticket is as easy as changing some numbers on the ticket. Oh no, there's no validation process.Roll Eyes

      Gonna win.Big Smile

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        Posted: February 25, 2010, 10:22 pm - IP Logged

        A Buffalo, New York, man has admitted he altered a Mega Millions lottery ticket to make it look he'd won a $252 million jackpot.

        The New York Lottery today announced that as a result of an investigation by the Lottery's Security Unit in cooperation with the New York State Police and the Erie County District Attorney's Office, 26-year-old Yann Spindler of Buffalo, entered a plea of guilty to charges of attempted Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, in connection with an altered Mega Millions ticket Spindler presented at the Lottery's Buffalo Customer Service Center on August 26, 2009.

        Spindler, originally from Georgia, entered his guilty plea on February 23, 2010 after admitting to investigators that he used a computer to alter an official New York Lottery ticket for the August 25, 2009 Mega Millions drawing to make it look like it was a jackpot-winning ticket worth $252,000,000. There were no jackpot winning tickets sold for the Mega Millions drawing held on August 25, 2009.

        Lottery surveillance cameras at the Lottery's Buffalo Customer Service Center show Spindler presenting what he claimed to be a jackpot-winning ticket to Lottery employees for payment on August 26, 2009. Trained Lottery employees immediately contacted security personnel who, in turn, partnered with the State Police and the office of Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III to investigate the matter. Upon his arrest, Spindler, a 2002 graduate of the New York State School for the Deaf, told police he altered the ticket because he wanted money to open a school for the deaf.

        Lottery Director Gordon Medenica praised the coordinated efforts of the Lottery staff, State Police and Erie County District Attorney to bring this matter to a swift and decisive conclusion. "The New York Lottery remains committed to safeguarding the integrity of our games. I applaud the day-to-day efforts of Lottery staff statewide as well as the follow through demonstrated by the State Police and District Attorney's office. It confirms the strength of our internal controls and the support we receive from law enforcement authorities. Thanks to all for a job well done"

        Spindler pleaded guilty to attempted Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. With the Lottery's agreement, he was released on a conditional discharge.

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        I am at a loss as to why it took so long to find this out, I mean everything is computerize, this information should have been available within weeks.  I hope he does some time so that if other lottery players are thinking of doing the same thing, they will have to do serious jail time.

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          Posted: February 25, 2010, 10:50 pm - IP Logged

          I wonder if thay can tack on a STUPIDITY IN THE 1ST DEGREE charge...lol

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            Posted: February 25, 2010, 10:59 pm - IP Logged

            This guy shouldn't have kids

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              Posted: February 25, 2010, 11:05 pm - IP Logged

              I am at a loss as to why it took so long to find this out, I mean everything is computerize, this information should have been available within weeks.  I hope he does some time so that if other lottery players are thinking of doing the same thing, they will have to do serious jail time.

              "Spindler pleaded guilty to attempted Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. With the Lottery's agreement, he was released on a conditional discharge."

               

              I agree, he should spend at least a year in jail.  However, it doesn't appear he will spend any time at all, incredible.  Cussing Face

              I can't believe Spindle, regardless whether he's disabled or not, would be so stupid as to believe he could fool the Lottery Commission.

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                Posted: February 25, 2010, 11:06 pm - IP Logged

                This guy shouldn't have kids

                LOL  Roll Eyes

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                  Posted: February 26, 2010, 12:35 am - IP Logged

                  Some people will never learn. You can't get away with altering lottery tickets.

                  "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                    Posted: February 26, 2010, 12:57 am - IP Logged

                    Only a misdemeanor for trying to steal 252 million dollars?

                    I'm surprised more people aren't trying it.

                    Sounds like it's worth the risk for a smart crook with a foolproof plan.


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

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                      Posted: February 26, 2010, 1:02 am - IP Logged

                      What an idiot! At least the lottery commision busted him. Imagine he got away with it??!!! Now that would be the real crime IMO!! 2 yrs in jail minimum if u ask me, but he could probably plea it down..

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                        Posted: February 26, 2010, 7:07 am - IP Logged

                        The ticket is a receipt of combination bought. The system will know the date, time, location of the winning ticket (if there's one). Something like this cannot be photoshoped. LOL

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                          Posted: February 26, 2010, 8:29 am - IP Logged

                          I wonder if he REALLY wanted to open a school for the deaf, or if that is just what he told police.

                          Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

                          In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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                            Posted: February 26, 2010, 10:37 am - IP Logged

                            So not only is he deaf, he is dumb as well!