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2 charged with extorting cousin over stolen Florida Lottery tickets
Ketan and Chirag Patel had big plans to cash in on Florida Lottery tickets but they weren't hoping for Lady Luck to work in their favor, deputies said. Both men were arrested Tuesday on extortion charges. After Ketan Patel found out that an employee at his wife's convenience store was responsible for stealing about $5,000 in lottery tickets, instead of reporting the man to authorities, Ketan Patel threatened to have the man and his sister deported if he didn't hand over nearly $250,000, de
May 15, 2014, 12:54 pm - Lottery News

Undercover officers catch store clerks keeping winning lottery tickets
Includes video report A man walks into a convenience store and asks the clerk to check his lottery tickets. Can you scan these and see if there are any winners? he asks. The clerk scans the first ticket and freezes, staring at the screen that shows it's a $1,000 winner. The clerk shakes his head, puts the ticket to the side and tells the customer, There's nothing on them. What the clerk doesn't know is that the customer is an undercover officer wearing a hidden camera, which captures the
Apr 27, 2014, 12:08 pm - Lottery News

New twist to lottery scam
Includes video report Authorities in Colorado are seeing a new twist to the lottery scam that has been going on for years. The typical scam involves a call or email saying you've won a lot of money, but you have to pay taxes and fees up front before you can claim the money. In the new version, there is a second caller who claims to be with the FBI or some other law enforcement agency. The alleged law enforcement officer claims the victim really did win a lot of money, and says the fi
Apr 21, 2014, 10:24 am - Lottery News

Thieves stole California Lottery vending machine
Investigators from the California Lottery are asking for the public's help in locating suspects who broke into a Lucky grocery store in Fremont over the weekend and made off with a Scratchers vending machine. The thieves broke into the store, which is located on the 40000 block of Mission Boulevard, about 3 a.m. on Saturday. Police located the vending machine a few hours later just a couple blocks from the store location. Most of the cash had already been removed from the machine before th
Mar 5, 2014, 7:46 am - Lottery News

Kentucky Lottery manager faces lottery ticket fraud charges
Updated: Additional information from the Kentucky Lottery By Todd Northrop A regional manager for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation is accused of fraudulently using lottery tickets after an investigation into 1,800 missing tickets, according to the Kentucky State Police. Jeffrey L. Riley, 55, of Lexington, was charged Friday with three counts of fraudulent use of a lottery ticket, a class C felony. Riley's arrest followed an internal investigation in January into 1,800 missing promoti
Feb 10, 2014, 8:30 am - Lottery News

Kentucky man arrested for cashing stolen lottery ticket
By Kate Northrop Louisville Metro Police arrested a man who admitted to cashing in a stolen lottery ticket. On Dec. 28, 2013, 57 year-old Dwayne Horne walked into a BP gas station on W. Broadway in Louisville to exchange a winning lottery ticket for cash. Investigators learned that the ticket was the same one that was reported stolen at the Cecil Service Center about a mile away. The Kentucky Lottery contacted Louisville police when they noticed the stolen lottery ticket had been redeem
Jan 22, 2014, 9:16 pm - Lottery News

N.Y. man accused of pulling box cutter on clerk after lottery mistake
A man who had losing lottery tickets due to a store clerk's error stood accused this weekend of threatening the clerk with a box cutter on Long Island. The clerk did not want to talk about what happened around 7 p.m. Friday at the Food Express, at 391 Jericho Turnpike in Syosset. But police said regular customer Michael Sullo, 43, of Syosset, took out some losing lottery tickets and demanded to be reimbursed. Sullo plays the same numbers every day, and that day, his numbers had won $250
Oct 27, 2013, 9:13 am - Lottery News

Ohio man wins lottery, beaten and robbed at local bar
Includes video report An Ohio man is in the hospital recovering, after he says he was brutally beaten and robbed. The 57 year-old is now fighting back and wants the men behind the crime to be arrested and put behind bars. David Williams is in fair condition at Grant Medical Center. He says he recently won some money from a local bar, and when he went to pick it up, a guy asked him for a ride home. That's when he was beaten. I thought the guy was going to kill me. I truly thought
Oct 7, 2013, 11:13 am - Lottery News

Man accused of murder over lost lottery ticket
Bruce Butler, a General Motors retiree who played the lottery for 40 years, didn't gun down a Southfield liquor store employee because he was angry he'd left a winning ticket on the counter months earlier, his attorney says. If Butler had won a $1 million prize, he would have known better than to try to cash it at a liquor store, attorney Joe Niskar said in his opening statement Friday. But while Niskar contends police got the wrong man, prosecutors say they have evidence to prove Butler,
Sep 24, 2013, 11:45 am - Lottery News

Jamaican lottery scam investigation leads to Mississippi
A Jamaican national was arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi, Monday for his role in an alleged Jamaican lottery scam. Damion Aljunior Hill, 33, is in America on a work visa, but now faces two counts of wire fraud. Investigators with the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division said the two alleged victims were told that they had won the lottery, but were required to pay taxes before the award could be made. Monies were then wired to Jamaica. The victims said they received numer
Jun 17, 2013, 9:01 pm - Lottery News

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