Wisconsin woman receives probation for stealing and cashing $25,000 lottery ticket
Former convenience store clerk gets a total of three years' probation for theft and fraud
By Kate Northrop
Jessica N. Surratt, 32, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin was sentenced on Tuesday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to fraud for cashing a winning ticket worth $25,000.
This is in addition to the one year of probation she was initially handed for the theft of tickets back in 2018.
On June 16, 2018, Surratt stole nine scratch-off lottery tickets from the Portage Market Bask ...
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Daughter saves Massachusetts man from being victimized in sweepstakes scam
A dream of a lifetime seemed to have come true last week for an elderly Massachusetts man when he received a call from someone who claimed to represent Publisher's Clearing House.
The caller told the elderly Swampscott man he had just won $8.5 million plus a brand new Chevrolet in their national lottery. All he needed to do, the caller told him, was to pay the $45,000 taxes due on the money and the prize would be his.
It didn't occur to the man being scammed that the tax bill on $8.5 milli ...
Mar 19, 2020, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Man exploits Arizona Lottery vending machine flaw, gets $55K worth of free tickets
A man is accused of exploiting a flaw in the Arizona Lottery vending machines to get over $55,000 worth of lottery tickets.
Earlier this week, the Arizona Attorney general's Office filed charges against Everado Najera-Nava, 40, for computer tampering and fraud.
Investigators say that Nava exploited a flaw in Arizona Lottery vending machines that gave him $54,699 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them. Police say Nava would enter his debit card into the machine to start the transa ...
Mar 15, 2020, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery has few options to stop players who spend millions
In June 2017, Viktor Gjonaj walked into a sleepy retail strip on Dequindre Road in Sterling Heights.
He wasn't heading for the massage parlor, or the small Indian and Pakistani grocery store or restaurant or the hair salon. Instead, he went into the Michigan Lottery claim center at the northern edge of Sherwood Plaza.
There, he showed his driver's license and Social Security card, completed a claim form, and left $2.5 million richer with a check cut to him as the prize for the 500 winning ...
Mar 9, 2020, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. man loses more than $140K to 'you've won the lottery' scam
Includes video report
Deputies say a man lost more than $140,000 to a lottery scam in York County, South Carolina.
The resident was scammed out of $143,500 via the common you've won the lottery scam.
In this case, deputies say two suspects a Ben Washington and Shirley Marsh informed the victim he had won $2.8 million.
Shirley reportedly told the victim to send $3,500 to an address in Emporia, Kansas to be able to receive the money.
After that money was sent, deputies say the scam ...
Feb 28, 2020, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. store clerk accused of stealing over $17K worth of lottery tickets
Police in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, say a woman stole more than $17,000 worth of lottery tickets from a Sheetz store where she worked.
According to a criminal complaint, 37-year-old Cheryl Delawder was confronted by her manager after she was seen on video taking tickets from the lottery machines.
Police say during an interview, Delawder admitted to police to stealing the tickets and cashing them out at different locations. According to the complaint, Delawder told police she had been steal ...
Feb 27, 2020, 5:00 am - Lottery News forum
California man pleads guilty to Latina grandmothers lottery scam
A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge for targeting Latina grandmothers in Long Beach and throughout Southern California in a scam involving a fake winning lottery ticket.
Tito Lozada, 50, faces sentencing May 11 on a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
Two of three additional defendants previously pleaded guilty to the same charge and are awaiting sentencing in Los Angeles federal court.
Feb 25, 2020, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Thief yanks entire lottery ticket displays from two California businesses
Includes video report
A lightning quick lottery ticket thief tried his luck twice, yanking California Lottery Scratchers display cases from counters in bold heists that were caught on camera at two San Gabriel Valley businesses.
The crimes were reported Jan. 22 at Smoke Rings 4 and Daily Donut in San Dimas. Store security video shows the man, dressed in athletic wear, grab the Scratchers displays in a bear hug before sprinting away, leaving a flurry of lottery tickets in his wake.
Feb 20, 2020, 11:31 am - Lottery News forum
UK National Lottery hacker jailed for nine months
A cyber-criminal has been jailed for nine months for committing offenses against the United Kingdom National Lottery.
Following a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation, Anwar Batson, 29, of Notting Hill, London, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 10 January. He admitted four offenses under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and one fraud charge.
The NCA was notified of the attack against National Lottery accounts in November 2016. The customer database affected contained around nine m ...
Jan 13, 2020, 10:22 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi men tried cashing in lottery ticket after gluing on the winning numbers, officials say
Two Mississippi men are in custody after being accused of trying to claim a $100,000 lottery prize with a fake scratch-off lottery ticket.
Mississippi Lottery Corp. spokeswoman Meg Annison said the two individuals came to the lottery headquarters in Flowood Monday morning seeking to claim the prize.
Annison said lottery officials immediately determined the ticket had been altered. It appeared glue had been used.
Annison said the Lottery Corp. has measures in place to ensure a ticket is ...
Jan 7, 2020, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum