Connecticut men charged with rigging machines in lottery scheme
Investigators uncover more than 20 retailers suspected of cheating
State authorities continue to investigate the rigging of a Connecticut Lottery game they say increased the number of winning tickets and the payout to retailers.
One store, operated by two Wallingford men charged earlier this year, took in over $200,000 in additional prize payouts due to the scheme, authorities say.
Rahul Gandhi and Prakunj Patel, both of 37 Jobs Road, Wallingford, were arrested in March by the state Dep ...
Jul 13, 2016, 7:03 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery aware of security problems before shutting down game
Months before Connecticut Lottery's 5 Card Cash game was suspended, lottery officials knew there was a security issue that eventually allowed the game to be rigged, according to a four-month investigation.
5 Card Cash, a combination instant-win/evening-draw game, was suspended on November 14, 2015 after it was discovered that retailers were using a flaw in the computer system to rig the game to buy only winning tickets. The problem was the printer, say state investigators. If retailers ordere ...
Jul 7, 2016, 9:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Another retailer charged in Connecticut Lottery scheme
Seven charged so far, more on the way
A Manchester man who formerly worked at a local convenience store has become the seventh person statewide to be accused of manipulating Connecticut Lottery terminals to produce unusually large numbers of winning tickets in a now-suspended lottery game.
The man, Shaifur Rahman, 21, who lives in an apartment at 40 Channing Drive in Manchester, was charged Thursday with first-degree computer crime; a crime known as rigging; and aiding or encouraging the c ...
Mar 26, 2016, 5:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Six now face charges in CT Lottery scheme
More arrests may be coming as probe expands
Six people have been charged so far in connection with a scheme to manipulate Connecticut Lottery terminals to produce more instant winning tickets in the 5 Card Cash game, authorities said Tuesday.
Additional arrests are possible as state Department of Consumer Protection criminal investigators continue their probe, authorities said.
Former lottery retailers from Bloomfield and Windsor were identified Monday as being among those charged with ...
Mar 23, 2016, 11:03 am - Lottery News forum
At least two charged in scheme to manipulate Connecticut Lottery game
5 Card Cash has been offline since Nov. 2015
Connecticut Lottery retailers in Canton and Hartford face larceny and computer crime charges after authorities say they illegally manipulated the 5 Card Cash lottery game to produce more winning tickets.
Vikas Patel, 32, of Windsor Avenue, Windsor, and Pravnav Patel, 32, of Revere Drive, Bloomfield, each face three felony counts of first-degree larceny, first-degree computer crimes and rigging a game. Both posted $25,000 bail and are scheduled t ...
Mar 22, 2016, 9:47 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut lottery bills fail
Would have added online sales, removed ticket expiration
Connecticut Lottery players won't get to enjoy buying tickets online or without expiration dates anytime soon.
The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee declined to vote on the proposals by its deadline Tuesday, after hearing opposition from lottery officials, convenience store owners and gambling addiction experts.
There just wasn't support for these going forward, said state Sen. Timothy Larson, D-East Hartford, co ...
Mar 19, 2016, 8:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut considers allowing online lottery ticket sales
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would move the Connecticut Lottery online for state residents.
A bill raised by the legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee would allow for lottery tickets to be sold online through a licensed vendor. If the bill moves forward, Connecticut would be one of the few states in the country to offer online lottery tickets. It would also be one of the only states to sell online tickets through an outside vendor.
I've never heard of this befor ...
Mar 8, 2016, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Suspended CT lottery game had too many winners
The Connecticut Lottery and state Department of Consumer Protection shut down the 5 Card Cash game after noticing there were more winners than the game's parameters should have allowed, and determining that some lottery agents were manipulating machines to print more winning tickets and fewer losers.
The investigation is ongoing, Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris said Friday afternoon, but lottery retailers found to have cheated could face criminal charges.
Loss of license ...
Nov 13, 2015, 10:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery suspends 5 Card Cash sales after retailers found cheating
Game sales should resume next week
Includes video report
The Connecticut Lottery has halted the sales and payouts for its 5 Card Cash game after it learned some retailers might have been cheating the system.
According to Connecticut Lottery officials, some retailers might have intentionally manipulated the reporting mechanism on the lottery terminals for their own personal gain. Officials did not say which retailers or exactly how the terminals were being manipulated.
The game was su ...
Nov 13, 2015, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery expands 5 Card Cash game to include progressive jackpot
By Todd Northrop
Starting this Sunday, Connecticut lottery players will have a new ALL IN option on the state's 5 Card Cash game offering the chance to win bigger instant prizes, including a new progressive jackpot.
5 Card Cash now renamed 5 Card Cash with ALL IN is a poker-themed game that has become popular in several states and provinces throughout North America in the past few years. The game mixes an instant-win component with a traditional drawing.
Players who purchase a $2 ticket ...
Oct 16, 2015, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum