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Kansas lottery winner rescues $50,000 ticket from trash
A Kansas man who won a $50,000 lottery prize had to rush back to the store when he realized his winning ticket had accidentally been thrown away. Topeka resident Kevin Hayek plays Powerball every week, but he doesn't check his tickets that often. Last Wednesday, he was getting his morning coffee at a convenience store when the urge to finally check his Powerball tickets from the October 18 drawing struck him. The first ticket the store clerk scanned wasn't a winner, but when she scanned
Nov 15, 2017, 8:55 am - Lottery News

Store clerks seen on camera stealing lottery tickets
Includes video report Two former store clerks are in hot water after surveillance video captured them stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of scratch-off lottery tickets for months. Former store clerk Reagan Santana Richardson is set to be sentenced Friday in Fayette County for her involvement in the theft of scratch-off lottery tickets at Miller's Discount Tobacco store in Connersville, Indiana, located at 704 Eastern Avenue. Richardson has been offered a plea deal that will not
Nov 14, 2017, 8:12 am - Lottery News

Mass. Lottery retailers fight online sales bill
The Massachusetts Lottery says it could stop being successful unless a bill allowing online ticket sales becomes law, while retailers say their future success hinges on the bill not becoming law. Now the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection will weigh the benefits and drawbacks of an online lottery. The Lottery is seeking authority from the Legislature to offer its current products scratch tickets, draw games, Keno and more to customers over the Internet, arguing that the Lottery's survival
Sep 20, 2017, 8:03 am - Lottery News

The USA's 'luckiest' lottery players may not be as lucky as they seem
On, Dec. 29, 2016, Clarance Jones did something that most Americans could scarcely imagine: He cashed-in 20 winning scratch-off tickets, collectively worth $21,000, one after the other. For the average lottery player, that would be the ultimate payday. For Jones, it was practically routine. In the past six years, the 79-year-old from Lynn, Mass., has won more than 7,300 lottery tickets, totaling $10.8 million. That establishes him, by far, as the luckiest lottery player in America. But
Sep 19, 2017, 8:49 am - Lottery News

Arkansas Lottery ticket sales outage caused by severed fiber lines
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery experienced an outage Friday, July 21, which affected the sale of draw game tickets. The outage began after a work crew severed two fiber lines near the North Shore Business Park in Little Rock. The system was amended by around 11:00 p.m. the evening of July 21st for about 90 percent of stores, according to a press release from the lottery. However, there were still more than 100 retailers having problems with their systems over the weekend, affecting t
Jul 24, 2017, 10:01 am - Lottery News

Iowa Lottery promises to work harder to stop cheaters
Iowa Lottery officials pledged Tuesday to tighten security of lottery tickets and bolster efforts to obtain restitution from persons convicted of lottery-related crimes. The officials detailed their plans at a meeting of the Iowa Lottery Board in Clive, where they responded to allegations that security problems persist in the state-run lottery because of a failure to fix weaknesses spotted years earlier. A recent investigation detailed cases of Iowa retail employees stealing lottery ticke
Jun 28, 2017, 8:26 am - Lottery News

Lottery vending machines in Kansas may depend on whether lawmakers show up Monday
Your ability to buy lottery tickets from vending machines in Kansas may depend on how many lawmakers show up for the ceremonial last day of the session Monday. A bill allowing the Kansas Lottery to use vending machines to sell tickets was vetoed by Gov. Sam Brownback last week. The Legislature approved House Bill 2313 earlier this month with margins far greater than the two-thirds needed to override the veto. The House passed the bill 98-19; the Senate passed it 34-4. But because the fi
Jun 22, 2017, 5:47 pm - Lottery News

$447.8 million Powerball jackpot sets off shock, speculation in Menifee
For the owners of a Menifee, California, liquor store, a bad year just got $1 million better. For the rest of Menifee, the town gossip just got $447.8 million more interesting. The store, Marietta Liquor Deli, sold a Powerball ticket that hit a massive jackpot in Saturday night's drawing. The million-dollar retailer bonus it will earn couldn't come at a better time, as the owner was recently diagnosed with a lung disease. Until the winner or winners step forward which could happen as ea
Jun 12, 2017, 9:19 am - Lottery News

N.Y. men arrested for redeeming winning lottery tickets for people in debt
Seven retailers suspended for colluding Two New Yorkers were tossed behind bars in the state's first-ever arrests of lottery scammers accused of secretly claiming winning tickets for people who owe child support, back taxes or other debts. Eduardo Moran-Barrera, 63, of the Bronx, claimed a total of 686 tickets worth a whopping $1.48 million in lottery winnings between 2012 and 2016, officials said. Neil Ferguson, 50, of Manhattan, raked in $273,139 after claiming 91 winning tickets over
Jun 10, 2017, 7:40 am - Lottery News

4th clerk arrested in Florida Lottery sting
Florida officials have arrested a fourth person locally in its ongoing crackdown on store owners and employees who cheat customers out of lottery winnings. Kamlawatie Persaud, 60, a clerk at Dave's Mini Mart at 10859 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala, was arrested Wednesday. According to an investigator at the Florida Lottery Division of Security, the official went to the convenience store posing as a customer with a winning ticket valued at $599 and gave it to the clerk to scan. Persaud checked the
May 12, 2017, 8:25 am - Lottery News