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Former Georgia Lottery inspector accused of taking bribes to pass store inspections
Inspector ironically skirts process for ensuring stores follow regulations By Kate Northrop A former Georgia Lottery employee was arrested and charged with three counts of bribery after investigators found he accepted bribes to pass store inspections. A Georgia Lottery Corporation (GLC) inspector who took bribes in exchange for passing store inspections and has since been fired from his position and arrested. Former GLC Compliance Inspector Michael Kessler, 62, of Rockdale County
May 22, 2024, 7:59 am - Lottery News

Georgia gas station employee accused of stealing over $127,000 of lottery tickets in scanning scam
Retailer employee fake scans lottery tickets to reap the rewards By Kate Northrop A gas station employee is accused of stealing over $127,000 worth of lottery tickets in a scheme he ran over time from behind the counter. A Georgia man is behind bars after operating a fake scanning scheme that landed prizes from actual lottery winners straight into his own pocket. On Feb. 24, gas station owner George Joseph phone police to report that he had caught one of his employees, Harish Bha
Mar 1, 2023, 6:10 pm - Lottery News

UPDATE: Georgia man who won C8 Corvette from scratch-off will get his prized car
By Kate Northrop A Georgia man who won the top prize of a C8 Corvette in a scratch-off lottery game and previously had trouble claiming his prized car will get it sooner than expected, thanks to the stir his story caused. Dennis Kahler must have figured the squeaky wheel gets the oil, since news of his plight circulating online prompted the Lottery to act quickly and arrange an order for the hot and in-demand car he won from the Corvette and Cash scratch-off game. Upon winning the top p
Jan 25, 2021, 6:20 pm - Lottery News

Oops, Georgia Lottery can't find a C8 Corvette to award man who won 'Corvette and Cash' game
By Kate Northrop A Georgia man who won the top prize of a C8 Corvette in a scratch-off lottery game is having trouble claiming his prized car, as the Georgia Lottery is unable to locate a car to award him. Dennis Kahler did not get what he bargained for after playing and winning the Corvette and Cash scratch-off game for $5. After discovering that his ticket would earn him the top prize of $250,000 plus a Corvette, the Georgia Lottery found itself in a bind when it could not locate a singl
Jan 20, 2021, 5:21 pm - Lottery News

State lotteries exceed expectations in 2020
Despite hardships, lotteries are breaking sales records By Kate Northrop In previous months defined by economic hardship brought on by the global pandemic, the lottery industry has proven to be a beacon of light, with some state lotteries defying expectations and exhibiting record sales. The Texas Lottery, which has made headlines recently for its internationally-ranking Lotto Texas jackpot (now standing at $45.5 million), is also exceeding expectations with its 10th-consecutive record-
Sep 25, 2020, 4:29 pm - Lottery News

Man fleeing police leaves behind winning lottery ticket
By Kate Northrop One man's luck ran out after he ran from police and left behind a winning scratch-off lottery ticket. On Monday morning, deputies pulled over a car on I-75 after noticing a tag violation. The passenger in the car fled the scene and ran into the nearby woods, dropping a backpack containing a laptop, a winning lottery ticket, and a small amount of methamphetamine while doing so. To the suspect who ran on foot from our deputies on a traffic stop this morning on I-75, you
Sep 16, 2020, 12:12 pm - Lottery News

Skyrocketing scratch-off sales indicate lotto players are resilient
By Kate Northrop While ticket sales and jackpots are down for draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions, Americans have no problem finding entertainment in other lottery alternatives. Vendors have been selling tickets for multi-state games during stay-at-home orders, but customers are understandably reluctant to take the time to pick out numbers and hand cash to attendants while making essential shopping trips. Instead, quick buys like scratch-off tickets make great substitutions for the
May 14, 2020, 2:08 pm - Lottery News

Lottery plant workers learn fellow employee tested positive for COVID-19
A supply worker at Scientific Games in Alpharetta, Georgia, where scratch-off lottery tickets are made has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a company statement issued Monday. The company said the person who tested positive worked in the printing area but did not touch the lottery tickets. The person is an employee of a metro Atlanta supplier that provides materials to Scientific Games. Located in a portion of Forsyth County that carries an Alpharetta mailing address, Scientific G
Mar 31, 2020, 5:16 pm - Lottery News

Georgia Lottery launches new Cash Pop draw game
Match only one number and win The holiday season is getting even more festive with the launch of a new Georgia Lottery draw game. Starting Sunday, Dec. 8, the new Cash Pop game will offer players a chance to win cash prizes up to $1,250 five times a day, every day by matching just one number. Cash Pop is the first new Georgia Lottery game to be available at both retail and through iLottery channels. We are laser-focused on our mission to maximize revenues for HOPE and Pre-K, Georgia Lo
Dec 7, 2019, 8:08 am - Lottery News

Feds bust up illegal fantasy football lottery scheme
A business pairing the enormously popular fantasy football leagues with the Georgia Lottery must have looked like a money-making combination. Two eager investors thought so and forked out $500,000 in loans to the Atlanta man who hatched the idea of a fantasy football lottery league. But Timothy Cobb, a former lawyer who once worked for Turner Broadcasting System, was running a scam, according to allegations in a federal indictment unsealed this week. Cobb is no longer engaging in fantasy,
Dec 1, 2018, 8:34 am - Lottery News

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