FBI warns about lottery fraud
The telephone call came from out of the blue. The man on the line told the 83-year-old retired schoolteacher she had won a substantial lottery prize. All that was required to claim the windfall was to pay taxes and other fees.
Before it was over, the victim a Virginia resident who had meticulously saved for her retirement was out more than $500,000 in a scam that has become all too familiar among the elderly.
The criminals behind these lottery frauds and other telemarketing scams prey on s ...
Mar 9, 2016, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia becomes first state to formally legalize daily fantasy sports
Virginia Monday signed into law the Fantasy Contests Act, a bill outlining how daily fantasy sport sites like DraftKings and FanDuel can operate legally in the state. The law is the nation's first formal recognition of the industry after months of heated legal activity in multiple states.
Regulators and lawmakers around the country have sought bans on the websites on the grounds they constitute illegal online gambling. The Virginia legislature first approved the new bill in February. Governor ...
Mar 7, 2016, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery officials oppose jackpot anonymity bill
The times of the big lottery check presentations may soon come to an end in West Virginia.
Winners of big jackpots would no longer have to make required public appearances to claim those prizes if a bill that's moving at the State Capitol becomes law.
The West Virginia Lottery is opposing the bill because of what John Myers, acting director of the Lottery, called an expectation of transparency among players.
They want to know that, when we tell them that there's a grand prize winner, t ...
Mar 2, 2016, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
Va. grocery store worker's lottery ticket mistake turns into $7 million grand prize
A Virginia grocery store employee's mistake during Powerball jackpot fever earlier this month ended up turning into a $7 million windfall.
Michael Donnelly was ringing up Powerball tickets for customers at the Harris Teeter store in Falls Church. But for one transaction, he accidentally punched the wrong button on the lottery terminal and printed a Cash4Life ticket that the customer didn't want.
Donnelly ended up buying the mistake ticket for the January 7th drawing and it turned out to be ...
Feb 1, 2016, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
VA man collects on two winning million dollar lottery tickets
One man claimed two tickets in Virginia Beach that matched all six numbers in the Nov. 18 'Bank a Million,' netting him $2 million after the tax withholding.
The Virginia Lottery says Bernard Bennick of Springfield couldn't remember if he bought a lottery ticket, so to be certain he went out and bought one. It turned out he had already purchased a ticket with the same set of numbers, and all six numbers on both tickets matched the November 18 Bank a Million drawing.
I went to bed, but I c ...
Nov 24, 2015, 10:23 am - Lottery News forum
West Va. Lottery director announces retirement
John Musgrave, the longtime director of the West Virginia Lottery, announced his retirement Thursday, bringing to a close a more than 19-year run that has included work for four different governors.
I love this job. I've been so fortunate. I like doing what I do and serving this administration, as well as the others, but there's something that just tells me it's time, Musgrave told MetroNews.
The lottery had annual revenue of approximately $220 million when Musgrave took over. It now has ...
Oct 9, 2015, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
[UPDATE] D.C. woman who tried to redeem faulty ticket admitted to forging second 'winner'
By Todd Northrop
A Washington, D.C. woman who enlisted the help of local media to try and claim a faulty Virginia Lottery scratch-off ticket actually tried to claim a second lottery ticket of the same exact game that she admitted was a forgery.
Lottery Post reported Wednesday morning that Ardella Newman of Washington, D.C. is taking the Virginia Lottery to task for denying her claim of a scratch-off ticket that she claims is worth $20,000. The Virginia Lottery had issued a statement that t ...
Sep 9, 2015, 7:48 pm - Lottery News forum
D.C. woman's 'winning' scratch ticket voided
Includes video report
A Washington, D.C. woman is taking on the Virginia Lottery after she bought a winning ticket worth $20,000 but is not getting the money. The lottery said the ticket was issued in error.
When I saw that $20,000, you don't know how excited I was, said Ardella Newman.
On Aug. 22, at a lottery machine inside Shoppers in Alexandria, Newman thought she hit it big. On a $2 scratch-off ticket she matched the number 16 for $20,000.
$20,000 could really, really help me, ...
Sep 9, 2015, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery's new in-state game awards $1 million, taxes paid
$1,000,000 Money Ball game being retired
Wouldn't it be nice if you won some money, and you received a bonus to pay the taxes on your windfall? That's the idea behind the Virginia's Lottery's newest game, Bank a Million.
The top prize in this new draw game is $1 million, but winners of that prize receive something extra. The top prize amount is calculated so that winners actually receive $1 million after the federal and state tax-withholdings. In other words, winners get to actually bank a ...
Aug 24, 2015, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery turns over more than a half-billion dollars to education
For just the second time in its history, the Virginia Lottery has delivered more than a half-billion dollars to Virginia's K-12 public schools in a single fiscal year. The Lottery announced today that profits for the 2015 fiscal year totaled nearly $534 million.
It wasn't just education in the Commonwealth that benefited. Players raked in a record $1.1 billion in prizes during the year, and retailers selling Virginia Lottery tickets earned nearly $104 million in commissions a record. Many of ...
Aug 19, 2015, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum