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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 forum

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 forum

$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 forum

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 forum

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 forum

Lottery vending machines considered in Kansas
Kansas lawmakers are mulling over the possibility of legalizing lottery vending machines as a means to fund the state's struggling mental health system. Such machines are used in 37 other lottery states. The idea, floated by Rep. Chuck Weber, R-Wichita, is expected to increase funding to mental health services by $12 million over two years. Kansas has been under extreme budget stress the past few years as it looks for new ways to fund state programs. The recession and budget cuts resulted in ...
May 9, 2017, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum

CT Lottery ignored warnings that game was vulnerable to fraud, investigation finds
Connecticut Lottery officials knew in January of 2015 that there was a way for retailers to illegally access the numbers of the 5 Card Cash game on their computer screens and manipulate tickets but waited 10 months to notify the Department of Consumer Protection that fraud was occurring. At a legislative hearing Tuesday morning Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s chairman and acting president, Frank Farricker, acknowledged that lottery officials put revenues over security issues concerning the game, ...
May 2, 2017, 4:38 pm - Lottery News forum

2 found guilty, 1 acquitted in $2 million Hoosier Lottery scam
A Marion County jury has found two of the three persons accused in a $2 million scam involving a bogus winning Hoosier Lottery ticket guilty on multiple counts, while a third defendant was found not guilty. Found guilty Wednesday were Ashlee Campbell Parsley, 30, and her brother-in-law, Jackie Parsley II, 35. Meanwhile, the charges against Joseph Parsley, 32, Ashlee Parsley's husband and Jackie Parsley II's brother, were dismissed by Marion Superior Court Judge Grant W. Hawkins prior to cl ...
Apr 28, 2017, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum

Trial set to start for 3 people charged in $2M Hoosier Lottery scam case
A jury trial is scheduled to start Monday in the case of three people accused of trying to bilk the Hoosier Lottery out of $2 million. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry will handle the case. In 2015, police arrested Jackie Parsley II, Joseph Parsley and Ashlee Campbell Parsley in connection with the scam. They're accused of falsely redeeming a lottery ticket from a Plainfield liquor store owned by a relative of Jackie and Joseph Parsley. (See 3 face charges in Indiana Lottery scam, L ...
Apr 24, 2017, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum

Arkansas lottery players now can buy tickets with debit cards
Starting this summer, retailers selling tickets for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will be authorized to accept payment by debit cards, thanks to a new law that zipped through the Legislature in 23 days with little fanfare. Since the lottery started selling tickets on Sept. 28, 2009, the law allowed only cash to be used in transactions. Now Arkansas will join most other state lotteries by allowing debit-card use. Senate Bill 617 sponsored by Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado is now Act 876 ...
Apr 17, 2017, 11:26 am - Lottery News forum

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