Three men charged with stealing $1M from lottery winner
North Branford, Connecticut, police have arrested three men for allegedly stealing $1 million in cash from a man who hit the lottery more than 20 years ago.
Police say the North Branford resident kept his winnings in a home safe.
Police say two of the three East Haven men arrested are the grandson and son-in-law of the alleged victim.
The money was apparently taken during two thefts in November but the victim, not identified by police, didn't notice the money was missing from his safe ...
Feb 27, 2008, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
Court: elderly sisters' gambling pact forces lottery jackpot split
The Connecticut Appeals Court has ruled a 1995 pact struck by two widowed sisters to split each other's future gambling winnings is still binding despite the fact they no longer speak to one another.
The decision paves the way for a public family feud pitting Theresa Sokaitis, 81, against Rose Bakaysa, 85, over a $500,000 Powerball jackpot Bakaysa hit on June 18, 2005, but doesn't want to share with her estranged sibling.
Sokaitis is suing Bakaysa for breach of contract. Bakaysa's attorney ...
Feb 5, 2008, 12:36 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut postal worker 'set for life'
Special delivery for post office employee
A Manchester, Connecticut, resident and postal worker is set for life. Ken Brenton won the Connecticut Lottery's new scratch and win game Set for Life.
Brenton said after getting his hair cut Tuesday he walked a few doors down the street and bought two scratch tickets at the Forest Package Store. When neither ticket yielded any prizes, he opted to buy one more.
Scratching the ticket, Brenton revealed a number 3 and noticed it matched the ...
Sep 28, 2007, 12:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket theft wins larceny count
A nurse's aide faces a larceny charge after she allegedly stole a winning $3,125 lottery ticket from an elderly town woman who cares for physically and mentally handicapped children in her home.
Monica Blackwell-Simms, 38, of Newfield Avenue, Bridgeport, is charged with third-degree larceny following her arrest Wednesday by state authorities.
Blackwell-Simms worked for the Stratford-based Family Care Visiting Nurse Home Care Agency at the time, said Kevin McGuire, an investigator with th ...
Sep 24, 2007, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Man finds $50,000 lottery ticket, returns it to owner
A deli owner in Newington found a winning lottery ticket in the trash and returned it to his customer.
George Rusin has a loyal customer base at Your Store deli in Newington, Connecticut. He gets credit for his talent in the kitchen and his honesty behind the counter.
George says he sees people buy scratch tickets and leave them behind all day. He knew one day he was bound to find a big winner in the trash.
I thought it was a dinky $5 winner, then I'm seeing a five and four big zero ...
Sep 22, 2007, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Store owner's lottery bonus put on hold
The store owner who sold the unclaimed $3.5 million Connecticut Classic Lotto ticket in February will not be receiving his $10,000 sales commission unless he settles outstanding accounts with the state lottery, according to a spokeswoman for the lottery.
Zee Zahid, proprietor of Coventry Getty Mart, was to receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket on Feb. 14, 2006.
But the expected windfall became more hassle than help for Zahid.
No, I didn't get the $10,000, and they gave ...
Mar 22, 2007, 3:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Ct. lottery ticket worth $3.5 million expires
Officials Reject 200 Lost Ticket Claims
The dream of becoming a millionaire could be turning into someone's nightmare.
Connecticut lottery officials said no one has produced the winning ticket for a $3.5 million jackpot in the Feb. 14, 2006, drawing.
The winning ticket expired and is worthless, lottery officials said.
However, officials said if someone mailed it in and it was postmarked before the deadline, it would be honored.
Lottery officials and the Division of Special Reve ...
Feb 22, 2007, 5:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Widow recounts slaying of CT Lottery chief in new book
Delaware native Denise Brown has always enjoyed writing, but becoming a published author has been a bittersweet journey for the 47-year-old.
Although she's glad that her memoir, The Unspeakable, is available to readers, she would've preferred that there had never been a need to write it.
That's because her memoir, released last month by the University of Delaware Press, is about the minutes, hours, days and years following the violent death of her husband, Otho R. Ott Brown in 1998.
Feb 13, 2007, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut lottery machines offline for hours
Phone line problems to blame for outage affecting one-third of lottery machines
Lottery sales were fully restored in New Haven County Friday night, hours after telephone line problems shut down more than 900 state lottery machines earlier in the day.
Diane Patterson, a spokeswoman for the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, said the machines, which constitute about one-third of the state's lottery ticket dispensing terminals, were off-line as of late Friday afternoon.
Lottery officials con ...
Dec 29, 2006, 11:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut woman steals lottery winnings from purse
A 40-year-old Bridgeport, Connecticut, woman was charged Tuesday with stealing a woman's lottery ticket winnings at Shaw's Supermarket in Fairfield, police said.Ronice Turner, of Han Avenue, is charged with fifth-degree larceny in the October incident.She turned herself in at headquarters after learning there was a warrant for her arrest, police said. She was released on a promise to appear Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.The victim left her purse at Shaw's on Oct. 23, and Turner, a former ...
Dec 2, 2005, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum