Jamaican court goes easy on lottery scammers
There are reports of disquiet among Jamaican law enforcement officials over news that 15 men who pleaded guilty to lottery scam-related charges in the Hanover Circuit Court were sentenced to fines totaling $367,000.
According to information obtained by The Gleaner-Power106 news centre, the men all pleaded guilty to possession of identity information on November 23rd and 24th.
The reports indicate that seven were fined $30,000; five were fined $20,000 while two were fined $25,000.
The ot ...
Dec 4, 2017, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
CVS employee accused of stealing $1 million lottery ticket
An Illinois man claims in a lawsuit filed last week that a CVS employee stole his winning $1 million Illinois Lottery scratch-off card.
Carlos Figueroa claims in the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court that he bought the winning ticket on Oct. 30 from a CVS Pharmacy in Waukegan. The address of the store was not immediately available.
The suit states that Figueroa said he purchased the Merry Millionaire instant scratch-off through a vending machine that had cut it in half due to a malfu ...
Nov 21, 2017, 8:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery cracks down on retailers who cheat customers
When a customer brought a Keno ticket to Nick's Party Stop in Clinton Township, retailer Don Kallo ran the ticket through his lottery terminal, declared it a loser and tore it in half.
Kallo, the spouse of store operator Linda Kallo, then took the torn ticket a $2,517 winner to the Michigan Lottery Bureau to redeem it.
Suspicious lottery officials investigated and learned Kallo hadn't purchased the ticket, as he claimed, records show.
It was determined the ticket had been purchased by ...
Nov 17, 2017, 2:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Store clerks seen on camera stealing lottery tickets
Includes video report
Two former store clerks are in hot water after surveillance video captured them stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of scratch-off lottery tickets for months.
Former store clerk Reagan Santana Richardson is set to be sentenced Friday in Fayette County for her involvement in the theft of scratch-off lottery tickets at Miller's Discount Tobacco store in Connersville, Indiana, located at 704 Eastern Avenue.
Richardson has been offered a plea deal that will not ...
Nov 14, 2017, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Cops bust long-running illegal Philly 'street lottery'
The locations were nondescript: unmarked buildings in impoverished Philadelphia neighborhoods, sometimes containing little more than a table, some folding chairs, and a coffee pot.
But behind the unremarkable facades, prosecutors alleged Friday, was an extensive and intricate network of illegal street lotteries, 40 places where people could place small-change bets with the profits allegedly helping the ring's boss, Gary Creagh, buy luxury cars and lavish apartments from New York City to Las V ...
Oct 20, 2017, 9:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner guilty of attempted shoplifting
A Tewksbury, Massachusetts, woman was found guilty Wednesday of attempting to steal $80 worth of lipstick from a Kohl's department store two months after winning $1 million on a scratch ticket.
Judge Robert Stephen ordered Yokatia Rodriguez, 40, to pay a $2,000 fine and serve 30 days in Rockingham County Jail if she is not on good behavior for the next year. Half of the fine and all of the jail sentence will be dismissed if she doesn't get arrested again, he explained.
According to court d ...
Oct 12, 2017, 10:34 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner accused of child sex assault freed from jail
A New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball lottery jackpot will be freed from jail while he awaits trial on charges he sexually assaulted a child.
A judge issued the ruling Monday during a detention hearing for 49-year-old Pedro Quezada.
Quezada will be electronically monitored and confined to his home except when traveling to see his lawyer and his financial adviser.
He was charged last week with sexual assault and child endangerment. His lawyer has said he's being targeted.
Sep 25, 2017, 7:26 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. Powerball lottery winner charged in child sex assaults
By Todd Northrop
A Wayne, New Jersey, man who won $338 million in one of the largest Powerball lottery jackpots in New Jersey history has been charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a child over a three-year period, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Pedro Quezada, 49, is charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia ...
Sep 20, 2017, 7:09 pm - Lottery News forum
2 more Jamaican lottery scam suspects brought to US
All of the 13 suspects arrested in what authorities believe is the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam to be prosecuted in the U.S. have now entered pleas in federal court, with more than one-third of them admitting guilt or scheduled to do so.
Authorities say the scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million. Two suspects who had been awaiting extradition in Jamaica were brought to the U.S. earlier this month and entered not guilty pleas in federal court ...
Sep 20, 2017, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
The USA's 'luckiest' lottery players may not be as lucky as they seem
On, Dec. 29, 2016, Clarance Jones did something that most Americans could scarcely imagine: He cashed-in 20 winning scratch-off tickets, collectively worth $21,000, one after the other.
For the average lottery player, that would be the ultimate payday. For Jones, it was practically routine.
In the past six years, the 79-year-old from Lynn, Mass., has won more than 7,300 lottery tickets, totaling $10.8 million. That establishes him, by far, as the luckiest lottery player in America.
Sep 19, 2017, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum