Former NBA player credits homeless man's good will for $300,000 lottery prize
Basketball star says homeless man predicted his lucky win
By Kate Northrop
On May 12, Gilbert Arenas rushed out of the house to play his lucky numbers at his favorite gas station before it closed for the day. Along the way, a mix of good will, misfortune and luck brought him a Mega Millions 2nd prize of $309,694.
Arenas recounted his good fortune in an Instagram post.
Soon after leaving his home, Arenas realized his car did not have enough gas to get him to the station. He also forgo ...
May 19, 2020, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
California lottery closes office after Sacramento employee tests positive for coronavirus
The California Lottery has closed its Sacramento office to employees after one of them tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a staff email the lottery sent on Friday night.
The email said an employee of the district was tested earlier this month and received a positive test result for COVID-19 on Friday.
The employee has not been to the Sacramento district office since the first week of March, according to the email.
The Lottery closed all nine of its district offices to the ...
Mar 29, 2020, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
California lottery shorted schools by $36 million, auditor says
The California lottery skimped on giving $36 million in revenue to fund public education and spent $720,000 on food and travel expenses without considering cheaper options, the state auditor said in a report made public Tuesday.
Sales from scratch and lotto tickets have funded public schools and colleges in California since 1985. But the lottery should have accounted for an increase in profits during the fiscal year that ended in June 2018 by turning over an additional $36 million to finance ...
Feb 27, 2020, 4:35 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
California Lottery under fire for giving away $212,500 in Scratchers on 'Ellen'
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres drew wild cheers from the studio audience of her television talk show in December when she announced each person in attendance would receive a $500 bundle of Scratchers tickets from the California State Lottery.
Lottery officials saw it as a publicity boon, but a whistleblower complaint filed by some lottery employees argues the agency's giveaway of the tickets which have a combined face value of $212,500 should be investigated as a misuse of funds, according to docum ...
Feb 6, 2020, 5:32 pm - Lottery News forum
California lottery reps are afraid of being attacked — so they asked for unmarked cars
A San Francisco carjacking that targeted a California public employee and ended in a police shooting caught Paulina Vasquez's attention two years ago.
It was what Vasquez, an SEIU Local 1000 steward for California Lottery sales representatives, feared would happen after the department decided to put the State of California seal on their vans.
The department added the stickers to the plain white vans six years ago despite protests from workers who were concerned about their safety. Now the ...
Dec 20, 2019, 3:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Winner claims prize for $150 million Powerball lottery ticket sold at CA/NV border
By Todd Northrop
A huge Powerball jackpot was claimed on a ticket sold at a famous lottery store on the border of California and Nevada.
Last month, one winning ticket for the $150 million Powerball was sold at Gold Ranch Lottery on the Nevada-California border near Verdi. On Monday, Bill Lawrence stepped forward as the winner, according to a press release issued by the California Lottery. Lawrence's residency was not disclosed.
The retiree and his wife, who just celebrated their 20th w ...
Dec 20, 2019, 9:44 am - 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
California woman claims Mega Millions lottery jackpot worth half-billion dollars
Includes video report
A San Diego woman never has to work another day in her life after cashing in her winning Mega Millions lottery ticket she purchased at a deli near Sorrento Valley.
Laarni Bibal picked up a Quick Pick ticket at the Sorrento Deli Mart at 10920 Roselle Street on June 7. The next day, she heard a winning ticket had been purchased at her favorite store.
My heart started beating really fast, Bibal told the California State Lottery.
Sure enough, the winning numbers 17 ...
Sep 21, 2019, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum