New Jersey scammer defrauds 3 elderly women of $675,000
Lotteries urge players to be wary of the telltale signs you are being scammed
By Kate Northrop
A scammer from New Jersey tricked three elderly women across the country into sending her over $675,000 by convincing them that they owed prepaid taxes as a prerequisite for claiming a prize that didn't exist.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey, Shanile Lyle, 27, of Orange was charged on Monday with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after wrongly convincing her v ...
Dec 4, 2020, 2:39 pm - Lottery News forum
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 sheriff who won $85 million lottery jackpot arrested for tampering with video evidence
Questions raised over timing of allegations so close to an election
By Kate Northrop
A lottery winner famous for his role as Sheriff on the now-canceled A E television show Live PD was indicted and arrested for allegedly tampering with video footage that captured crucial moments of the death of a suspect in police custody.
Before Robert Chody paved his way to success as Sheriff of Williamson County and star of his very own law enforcement reality television show, he stood with his wife ...
Oct 15, 2020, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
NC man who won $10 million in lottery charged with murder
Includes video report
Motive behind killing unknown
By Kate Northrop
Three years ago, Michael Todd Hill, 52, struck it big after winning $10 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket. Now, he is being charged with the murder of a 23-year-old woman, Keonna Graham.
Back in 2017, Hill, of Leland, North Carolina, worked in a nuclear plant. A dedicated scratch-off player, he frequented the Maco Depot convenience store and bought the fateful Ultimate Millions scratch-off ticket. His life l ...
Jul 23, 2020, 3:43 pm - 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
Dad and his daughter got millions from IRS after claiming to win lottery, authorities say
A Florida father and daughter claimed the government owed them $175 million in tax refunds on their lottery winnings. The IRS paid them $3.4 million before the agency realized the pair had never purchased a winning ticket, prosecutors say.
Now, the Broward County pair, who say they're aboriginal indigenous Moorish Americans immune to government authority, are on trial in a Palm Beach federal courtroom accused of tax fraud.
Court documents allege that Danielle Takeila Edmonson, 35, of Boynt ...
Dec 17, 2019, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
Florida mom, son arrested hours after claiming $20K lottery prize
A woman was overjoyed after winning a $20,000 lottery prize Tuesday afternoon, but her celebratory mood soured a couple hours later after she and her son were arrested on drug charges, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
Migdalia Cruz, 59, and Luis Correa, 39, were arrested on heroin-related charges while Correa's girlfriend, Dana LaFlamme, 34, was arrested on a probation violation.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office showed up at Cruz's home on Howland Boulevard in Deltona w ...
Jul 25, 2019, 7:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery winner of $1M among suspects rounded up in major drug bust
Just days before Mother's Day in 2018, a pregnant woman in Volusia County went to Tallahassee to smile for the Florida Lottery cameras.
That woman, Karlee Harbst, had won $1 million in the $5,000,000 Gold Rush Doubler game.
She was on what gamblers call a roll she had won $100 in the same scratch-off game just a week before.
The wins capped a troubled past for the Florida woman who had already racked up a number of drug possession arrests, petit theft, contempt of court and driving with ...
May 20, 2019, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
California man learns $10 million reason not to tell your roommate if you win the lottery
This past Christmas, a man in Vacaville, Calif., learned a grim, but useful, holiday lesson: Sometimes, don't spread glad tidings. Keep the good news to yourself.
It was Dec. 20, and the city of about 100,000, located midway between Sacramento and San Francisco, was festooned with white lights and toy reindeer. Hoping to get his hands on a bit of extra cash for the holidays, the Vacaville man went to a Lucky grocery store and paid $30 for a scratch-off lottery ticket that odds said would leav ...
Jan 9, 2019, 5:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Police break up scratch-off lottery ticket burglary ring
Authorities have arrested three San Jose, California, men and are seeking at least one other suspected of breaking into Bay Area businesses to steal lottery scratch-off tickets.
Belmont police Capt. Patrick Halleran said his agency cracked the crime ring with help from the Burlingame, Menlo Park, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno, and San Jose police departments and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
The suspects would break into closed businesses in the early morning hours and steal large quan ...
Aug 17, 2018, 1:07 pm - Lottery News forum