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Three NY store clerks held in theft of $75,000 lottery ticket

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sully16's avatar - sharan
United States
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October 28, 2009
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Posted: May 10, 2013, 8:44 am - IP Logged

Sometimes when I read stories such as these I get upset at the victims. What is so hard in signing your tickets if you gonna hand them over to the store clerk? or checking the results on the newspaper/website/lottery results hotline? If people just worked a little harder, conmen would be extinct, I think.

I agree, everyday I see people who for some reason are dependant on others for one reason or another, and the moral of the story is, when you give up your independance you will be easily conned.

Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

For a lead role in a cage?


                                            From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

    dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
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    November 12, 2009
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    Posted: May 10, 2013, 9:32 am - IP Logged

    Here we go again.

    Yep Lurking

    I Love Pink & Green 1908

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      October 16, 2005
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      Posted: May 10, 2013, 10:36 am - IP Logged

      You addressing me bud?- how in the hell do l know?

      By this...

      Web produced by Jennifer Matarese, Eyewitness News

      RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (WABC) -- A construction worker, who barely speaks English, thought he struck it big winning more than $700 with a winning lottery ticket.


      But it turns out it wasn't $700 he won, it was actually more than $70,000.

      Three suspects are charged with swindling him out of the money when he cashed the tickets in Suffolk County.

      In the community of Turkish immigrants who work gas stations around Riverhead, the news spread in a flash; that after years of drudgery selling lotto tickets at this Valero station, Yalcin Nergiz and Yunis Ozturk had hit it big, a $74,000 Take 5 jackpot.

      But neither spoke the best English, so they asked Yunis's older brother Orhan, who works just down the road, to cash the ticket in.

      "His brother lied to him, and now he's in trouble," said Eray Cufadar, a friend.


      * The winner of the last Big Jackpot from NJ was an immigrant from the Dominican Republic( Pedro),lived in NJ for decades, he too spoke little English or not the " best English"- he needed an interpreter.Dare l say that IF YOU BORN HERE- YOU HAD BETTER SPEAK ENGLISH or passable English, if you dont- ITS A DEAD GIVEAWAY....So take that to the bank Venomous one.

      These thugs needed an " Interpreter and found one in the Brother... so there.

      Guess which ones do not speak the " best English?"

      long island lottery scam

      You're right. The article says that Pedro Quezada is an immigrant.

        miracleplay5's avatar - web
        Orange County, Florida
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        September 27, 2011
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        Posted: May 10, 2013, 3:25 pm - IP Logged

        Okay so here are my 2 cents worth...I dont care who migrate to this country JUST LEARN THE FREAKING LANGUAGE.If you are going to migrate legally or illegally to this country learn to speak ENGLISH or stay where you are because moving to a country and you dont know the language can put one back into a synonomous place of captivity from whence they were escaping..someone said"this has been going on for years"referring to store clerks taking advantage of the ignorant. One has to be 18 or older to play the lottery..I think one should have to also at least have a high school diploma or GED to play the lottery.just like one has to have a license to drive, carry a gun, fish, etc..we should have to have a license to play the lottery where one would show proof of having a high school diploma or GED.and would also prove to read write and understand English, which would waive ones right to claim money after it was stolen by a  store clerk if they don't follow the rules accordingly..the store clerk should still be arrested and sentenced accordingly but the actual winner would lose his or her winnings if they didn't sign the back of his or her ticket..well maybe not an actual license but an added endorsement on ones driver's license or identification..in Florida we swipe our driver's license and our whole life pops up on the screen.so swiping our license to play lottery shouldnt be a long process..an added feature to the current lottery vending machines will be needed too..these long drawn out court cases cost us money (taxpapyers)and we are using our money to help out people that are not only illegal/legal immigrants.THEY WONT EVEN TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN THE LANGUAGE SO WE LOSE MORE TAX DOLLARS ON INTERPRETERS..

        Pay less, win more & world peaceSee Ya!

        "No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care"-Theodore Rooosevelt

          miracleplay5's avatar - web
          Orange County, Florida
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          Posted: May 10, 2013, 3:28 pm - IP Logged

          Yep Lurking

          hmmm reading your signature and seeing 1908..I will step out on a limb and say/ask are you an AKA

          Pay less, win more & world peaceSee Ya!

          "No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care"-Theodore Rooosevelt

            luckyshoes's avatar - butterfly neg.jpg
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            Posted: May 12, 2013, 8:57 am - IP Logged

            Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive.

            Rule #1 Sign ticket with ink pen before handing it over to clerk.

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              Posted: May 14, 2013, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

              He was a Guatemalan immigrant who spoke little English and had a fondness for scratch-off lottery tickets; they were two clerks at a Long Island gas station who saw an opportunity.

              When the clerks scanned Marvin Choy Nij's Take 5 lottery ticket and gave him $774, congratulating him on his windfall, he never suspected the real worth of his lucky ticket: $74,892, which the clerks, Yalcin Nergiz, 41, and Yunis Ozturk, 33, promptly cashed in for themselves, the Suffolk County district attorney, Thomas J. Spota, said this week.

              With Mr. Ozturk's brother, Orhan Ozturk, 47, the district attorney said, they split the profits, which came to $48,318.27 after taxes. They were due to be arraigned on Wednesday on conspiracy and grand larceny charges, but the arraignment was postponed until next Tuesday to wait for a Turkish interpreter.

              The handful of Bingo and Take 5 scratch-off tickets that Mr. Nij, 28, brought into the Valero station on Peconic Avenue in Riverhead, in mid-March, did not seem like much — until his last ticket was scanned.

              Although the clerks ignored his request for a receipt, Mr. Nij, a construction worker who told the police he did not speak or write English, became suspicious only when he told a clerk at the card shop where he had bought the winning ticket about his good fortune, the district attorney's office said. Surprised, the clerk told him that retail stores cannot cash tickets worth more than $600; larger amounts are redeemed by the New York Lottery.

              At the same time, Mr. Nij saw a sign in the card shop's window announcing that it had recently sold a $74,892 winning ticket.

              "That's when his suspicions were really confirmed," said Robert Clifford, a spokesman for the district attorney.

              Orhan Ozturk's lawyer, Edward Burke Jr., said his client, a 25-year employee of another gas station, had never been in trouble with the law before. "I look forward to the court process," he said. (The other suspects' lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.)

              The case came months after two brothers from the Syracuse area were arrested and accused of claiming a $5 million winning ticket that they had told the winner, a customer at their parents' convenience store, was worth only $5,000. One brother was acquitted and the other found guilty of stealing the ticket.

              It is unclear whether Mr. Nij and the original winner in the Syracuse case will receive the rest of their winnings. A lottery spokesman, Lee Park, would say only that the lottery was assisting the Suffolk County investigation and reviewing the Syracuse case. Lottery rules state that claimants must be "identified to the satisfaction" of the lottery before any payment is made.

              Shady ass clerks i know the liquor store that the machine is broken in purpose to rip ppl off.'& it's been for the longest time . It's so they can scam you . I went there awhile back it was broken & i know if i go right now it's still broken aka tampered with . Dam foreigners are snakes in the grass. Need to keep the grass cut low to expose them snakes ????????????Hit With Stick