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18 arrested in illegal lottery bust in New Jersey

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May be part of larger network of illegal games

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IRVINGTON, N.J. — Cracking down on a vast underground gambling operation, Irvington Police hit the jackpot on Friday, arresting 18 people, allegedly connected to an illegal lottery enterprise out of storefronts across New Jersey.

"Basically, the numbers are run by the New Jersey or New York lotteries, the mid-day and the night number, and they usually call, make payments on the numbers," says Irvington Police Detective Mitchell Molina.

Known as operation 'March Madness,' nearly 75 officers across several state and local jurisdictions along with Homeland Security raided 15 businesses throughout Irvington, Newark, Elizabeth and Roselle. Investigators say the illegal lotteries used the same winning numbers as the New York and New Jersey lotteries, but paid bigger odds, and they estimate these businesses were pulling in as much as $30,000 per week.

Investigators say Juan Carlos Martinez and Idelkis Martinez were the ring leaders of the operation, which they say has a money trail leading all the way to the Dominican Republic. More than $100,000 was confiscated during Friday's raids, along with lottery receipts, phones and computers.

Investigators believe this group also had ties to operations in Florida and Illinois.

VIDEO: Watch the report

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Posted: April 3, 2017, 9:01 am - IP Logged

Really. Was this really worth their time.  Here comes some jail time. Bash

    konane's avatar - wallace
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    Posted: April 3, 2017, 9:14 am - IP Logged

    Really. Was this really worth their time.  Here comes some jail time. Bash

    I Agree!

    Good luck to everyone!

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      Posted: April 3, 2017, 9:29 am - IP Logged

      "March Madness"  Have to protect the legal lottery. Good work law enforcement! Dance

      Keep the good times rolling !!!  White Bounce

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        $30,000 per week x 52 = $1,560,000 per year

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

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          It was only a Matter of Time.!

                                                       

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            Posted: April 3, 2017, 11:16 am - IP Logged

            They paid out more, who complained?

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              Posted: April 3, 2017, 12:08 pm - IP Logged

              couldn,t get their tax money

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                Posted: April 3, 2017, 6:18 pm - IP Logged

                $30,000 per week x 52 = $1,560,000 per year

                raided 15 businesses throughout Irvington, Newark, Elizabeth and Roselle.

                Breaks down to $2000 a business. Not bad but not exactly the type of crimes that requires Homeland security involvement.

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                  Posted: April 3, 2017, 6:24 pm - IP Logged

                  Well Said Stack-

                  P.S.-

                  It's the old numbers racket being played again with a new spin from the top

                  "There is nothing new under the sun"

                  ~King Solomon

                   

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                    Posted: April 3, 2017, 6:35 pm - IP Logged

                    They paid out more, who complained?

                    The "illegal lottery" started long before states began legislating state lotteries, paid out $600 to $1, and continued by taking bets on the numbers drawn by the state lottery pick-3. Even though the KY Lottery has the $600 to $1 payout, I've heard rumors of bookies here taking bets just like their counterparts in NJ.

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                      Posted: April 3, 2017, 6:38 pm - IP Logged

                      Well Said Stack-

                      P.S.-

                      It's the old numbers racket being played again with a new spin from the top

                      "There is nothing new under the sun"

                      ~King Solomon

                       

                      Eddessa_Knight with Light Sun Smiley

                      I saw co-workers betting on the old numbers game years after the Ohio Lottery began offering pick-3.

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                        Posted: April 3, 2017, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

                        They paid out more, who complained?

                        I Agree!

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                          Posted: April 3, 2017, 7:23 pm - IP Logged

                          raided 15 businesses throughout Irvington, Newark, Elizabeth and Roselle.

                          Breaks down to $2000 a business. Not bad but not exactly the type of crimes that requires Homeland security involvement.

                          I Agree!

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                            Posted: April 3, 2017, 8:16 pm - IP Logged

                            There's not a candy store or news stand on the East Coast that would survive without 'the number'. 

                            One time in Hudson County my father went to play and there was also a cop and a priest in the store. They left and my father played the number and the clerk was laughing because the cop and the priest were there to do the same thing. 

                            When NJ announce a state lottery my father got a phone call and the caller said, "Don't forget us, we always pay in cold hard cash and no taxes no matter how much you win."

                            I knew some very young guys who were making over $500 a week (this in the 1960s) as runners.

                            Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                            Lep

                            There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.