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Informant reported lottery scam
Agency criticized for silence in scratch-off case; director says he lacked evidence to notify policeMarion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said Tuesday that Hoosier Lottery officials knew for months there were potential problems with a scratch-off game, but failed to notify police about their suspicions of a possible scam.A day after charging ex-security agent William C. Foreman and two other men with stealing from the lottery, Brizzi said an informant, rather than lottery officials, alerted his o
Nov 10, 2004, 1:21 pm - Lottery News

Ex-lottery official charged in $1 million payout scam
Man told 2 others where a winning ticket would be sold, prosecutors say.A former security officer for the Hoosier Lottery is accused of conspiring with two other men to rig a $1 million scratch-off game.Prosecutors say William C. Foreman told two men that a winning ticket in the $2,000,000 Bonus Spectacular game had been sent to a store in Cross Plains, Ind.One of those men then went to that store and bought its entire supply of the game's $20 tickets -- about $700 worth, according to court do
Nov 10, 2004, 1:19 pm - Lottery News

Woman To Use Lottery Winnings For Sister's Transplant
Woman Wins $10,000 On 'Hoosier Millionaire Show'A Martinsville, Indiana woman plans to use money she won on the Hoosier Millionaire Show to buy her sister a chance at life.Cindy Hoskins was diagnosed with nephritic syndrome 10 years ago, a disease that swells and damages the kidneys, RTV6's Jennifer Carmack reported. The damage has become so severe that doctors say she needs a kidney transplant in order to survive. I didn't have to ask ... my son, my daughter, my sister, all three were matches
Oct 19, 2004, 11:06 am - Lottery News

Man claims $7.8 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot
A Wabash man today claimed a $7.8 million jackpot from a Hoosier Lottery drawing last week.Jack Hall opted to take the $3.9 million cash option for winning the Sept. 8 jackpot, lottery officials said.Hall said he planned to share the winnings with his longtime companion, 73-year-old Jewel Watkins, and her three children.He also wanted to take the family on a trip to Las Vegas, but said he had not made any other decisions on how to spend the winnings. I've always said if I ever win the lottery, I
Sep 16, 2004, 7:58 am - Lottery News

Deadline approaches for $4.7 million lottery prize
Hoosier Lottery officials say time is running out for the winner of a $4.7 million lottery prize to come forward.The ticket matched all six numbers in the Hoosier Lotto drawing on March 10. The winning numbers were 3, 5, 22, 36, 38 and 44.The deadline to claim the prize is Sept. 5.The winning ticket was purchased at a Shell gas station in Kentland, about 55 miles south of Gary. Kentland Shell manager Carol Metz said she hasn't even heard any rumors about a winner.Indiana law says that if a lotte
Aug 16, 2004, 3:09 pm - Lottery News

Man wins lottery two days after divorce from cheating wife finalized
Until last Saturday, 2004 had been the worst year of Randy Fletchers life.On a cold mid-January day, the 29 year old Brownstown resident took a half-day off of work due to a severe case of diarrhea, only to find his wife of four years, Tara, in bed with a neighbor.Two months later, he wrecked his mint-condition 1956 Chevy that he had spent three years carefully restoring when a deer ran out in front of him.May brought even more heartache; Fletchers 12 year-old German Shepherd Molly was diagnosed
Jul 26, 2004, 8:49 am - Lottery News

Are Computerized Lottery Drawings Truly Random?
When the Powerball jackpot passes the point where greed justifies stupidity -- and, at $50 million, Saturday's drawing probably qualifies -- I've been known to hand the convenience-store clerk a $5 bill in exchange for a small slip of paper bearing five series of computer-selected numbers. Anything won that way, of course, would be the product of dumb luck. So when I don't win millions -- and I never have, or I wouldn't have to write this column -- I don't feel cheated. I've always been more
Jun 21, 2004, 7:28 am - Lottery News

Lottery winner's dreams live on after his death
Despite a troubled past, James Craig's family said he had started to turn his life around long before he struck it rich and won a $9.7 million Indiana Lotto jackpot earlier this year. My brother had been incarcerated for petty (non-violent) crimes, but he used that time to better himself in many ways; especially through education, which helped get him paroled three years ago, said Ruth Craig.Craig said her brother earned both associate and bachelor degrees in business while he was enrolled in t
May 10, 2004, 6:37 am - Lottery News

Winning $4 million Hoosier Lotto ticket sold in South Bend
There is only one winning ticket from Wednesday night's $4 million Hoosier Lotto drawing and it was purchased in South Bend, Indiana.As of Thursday night, no one had come forward with the winning ticket.Discount Liquor, 2609 S. Michigan St., sold the ticket. When store management got the call from lottery representatives Thursday morning, they thought it was a joke.Discount Liquor will get a good chunk of money just for selling the winning ticket -- $37,000 to be exact. It's all customers and st
Apr 9, 2004, 7:38 am - Lottery News

War Dampens Indiana's Hope of International Lottery
Indiana's hopes of joining an international lottery -- boasting prizes as big as $500 million -- have become a casualty of war.Indiana was one of about 30 states and several foreign nations jockeying to organize the international game, which was expected to begin this year with one drawing each week.But talks of the game have stalled because several European nations have withdrawn, citing concerns about U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, Hoosier Lottery Director Jack Ross said. They felt they cou
Apr 6, 2004, 4:00 am - Lottery News

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