Colorado police arrest thief who stole lottery tickets on two separate occasions
Criminal stole nearly $7,300 in lottery tickets; one more suspect remains unidentified
By Kate Northrop
Following an investigation of two separate burglaries involving the theft of Colorado Lottery tickets, police have identified and arrested the perpetrator who organized both ordeals.
On Thurs., Oct. 22, Platteville police arrested Francisco Lorenzo Pedraza, 25, just hours after he was accused of breaking into a gas station on Justin Avenue.
At around three in the morning, Pedraza a ...
Oct 28, 2020, 4:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas lottery thief caught after attempting to cash stolen tickets
By Kate Northrop
A thief who stole two whole bins of Texas Lottery scratch-off tickets from a gas station has been caught by police after he attempted to cash in a prize.
On July 19 at 3:00 am, surveillance cameras captured the moment Kendall Hayes, 27, broke into the Copper Ridge Market on TX-29 in Georgetown. A man identified as Hayes pulled up to the convenience store in his car and smashed an object through the glass door. He then snatched two bins of scratch-off lottery tickets and dr ...
Aug 5, 2020, 6:31 pm - Lottery News forum
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 ...
May 28, 2020, 8:32 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
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
Massachusetts man sues 2 women, claiming they cheated him out of $4 million lottery prize
A Massachusetts man says two women cheated him out of $4 million in lottery winnings by taking advantage of his inability to read or speak English.
The man, Joao Luis DaPonte, said in a civil complaint filed earlier this month in Bristol Superior Court that when he initially scratched the Lottery ticket he purchased at Cafe Sao Paulo on Bolton Street in New Bedford on Nov. 23, he believed he had won $4,000 since the ticket said $4MIL below the number 26.
DaPonte does not read or speak Engl ...
Jan 25, 2020, 2:24 pm - Lottery News forum
California man who stole roommate's $10 million lottery ticket received 8-month jail sentence
A 36-year-old Vacaville, California, man who police say stole his roommate's lottery ticket worth $10 million in late 2018 struck a plea deal earlier this year and was sentenced to eight months in Solano County Jail.
Court and Solano County Jail records on Monday indicated that Adul Saosongyang had been relegated to a local commitment under the state Penal Code, but, in a separate document, also indicated he pleaded no contest to attempted grand theft.
Judge Carlos R. Gutierrez had schedul ...
Nov 20, 2019, 3:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Trio busted in lottery ticket, cigarette theft ring
Includes video report
Three people are charged in an elaborate theft ring involving tens of thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets and cigarettes.
Police say the thieves broke into businesses across the city, smashing their way inside with sledgehammers.
For three weeks, investigators say Domenique Jones, 22, April McKinney, 35, and her daughter, Breana Sims, 20, targeted one business after another.
The burglary spree began in early September at a Valero gas station on Prescot ...
Sep 30, 2019, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery winners charged in string of robberies
Stephanie Harvell's luck seemed to have dried up before she bought a scratch-off lottery ticket in early 2016. She and her husband had recently lost a car, and that same morning, they had received an eviction notice from their home in Bay City, Mich. Then, she scraped away at that ticket and realized she had won $500,000.
I cried like a baby when I saw what I'd won, Harvell said, according to the Michigan Lottery, adding that she had visions of putting the cash toward a new home and a car.
Sep 4, 2019, 12:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Longtime Mass Lottery employee fired for allegedly cashing unsold winning scratch tickets
A longtime sales supervisor for the Massachusetts State Lottery was fired Tuesday after he was seen cashing winning instant tickets, a state official said, sparking fear that the lottery's supposedly strict security protocols may have been violated.
David Cannistraro, a $100,000-a-year employee who had worked for the lottery since 2002, was first placed on paid administrative leave in June after another lottery employee saw him cashing tickets at a store on Cape Cod, said Chandra Allard, chie ...
Aug 23, 2019, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum