Lottery retailers busted in raid
Store owners, clerks accused of stealing winning tickets
Lottery officials raided several mini marts Tuesday in Fresno, California.
Owners and clerks were taken away in handcuffs after undercover investigators say the suspects cheated would-be customers by lying about winning tickets.
Late last year officers posing as consumers showed up at many local mini marts to test their honesty. More than a dozen store owners and employees failed. Today, authorities caught up with them at the busi ...
Jan 22, 2009, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
Infamous Alaska lottery winner attacked
Apparently not a robbery attempt, policeman says
The man who won Alaska's first half-million-dollar lottery was attacked on a downtown Anchorage street yesterday afternoon with a tire iron or metal pipe, according to police.
Police say Alec Ahsoak, 53, was attacked when a man approached him to ask if he was the man who won the $500,000 jackpot.
Whether the attack was motivated by Ahsoak's winning the lottery or the widely distributed reports that he is a three-time convicted sex offende ...
Jan 14, 2009, 3:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Sex offender wins Alaska lottery that aids sex abuse victims
The winner of the $500,000 Alaska lottery to benefit a nonprofit that aids victims of sexual abuse is himself a convicted sex offender.
Alec Ahsoak, 53, came forward to claim his winnings on Saturday, said lottery organizer Abe Spicola, who owns Lucky Times Pull Tabs in Anchorage.
He said he was going to buy a house and said he was going to donate part of it to God, and you know charity, Spicola said.
Specifically, Ahsoak said he planned to give $100,000 of the jackpot to Standing Toge ...
Jan 11, 2009, 3:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman scammed out of $400,000 pursuing lottery-sized fortune
This may well be the mother of all Internet scam cases.
Janella Spears, a reverend and a registered nurse from Sweet Home, Oregon, ended up sending Nigerian fraudsters more than $400,000 when she was promised a multi-million dollar pay out from a lost relative.
When she began to doubt she was sent letters from the FBI Director, the US President and the President of Nigeria. She still thought it was genuine and ignored the pleas of her family and law enforcement officials in the US.
Dec 9, 2008, 1:23 am - Lottery News forum
Florida woman loses $40,000 in lottery ticket scam
A South Florida elderly woman was scammed out of thousands of dollars in an alleged lottery ticket scam, police said.
Pembroke Pines police said that on Oct. 24 Aydee Suarez-Ospina, 72, was approached by the a Hispanic man and woman at the Bravo Supermarket at 12141 Pembroke Road. Police said the man told Suarez-Ospina that he was in possession of a winning lottery ticket and needed assistance in claiming the prize because he was not a U.S. citizen.
The female suspect, pretending to overhe ...
Dec 5, 2008, 4:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Three accused of buying lottery tickets with stolen credit cards
A trio of suspected theives are in the Cowlitz County Jail after police stopped their car Monday and found hundreds of lottery scratch tickets.
The tickets had allegedly been purchased using VISA cards with fraudulent numbers, police said.
Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, Kelso police officer Bebe McFall heard a dispatch report about people trying to buy hundreds of dollars' worth of scratch tickets with bad debit cards at two convenience stores. The cards were denied.
McFall said she recog ...
Dec 3, 2008, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
How online gamblers unmasked cheaters
In the wild, wild west, when a poker player was caught cheating it was a capital offense, with the punishment quickly dispensed right across the card table. But today if you're caught cheating in the popular and lucrative world of Internet poker, you may get away scot-free.
At least that seems to be what is happening in the biggest scandal in the history of online gambling. A small group of people managed to cheat players out of more than $20 million.
And it would have gone undetected if i ...
Dec 1, 2008, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida men charged with lottery ticket theft
Two Jacksonville men are facing felony charges over a stolen lottery ticket that was redeemed for $20,000, according to a police report.
Kenneth R. Hayes, 55, and James C. Picray, 47, were charged Friday with dealing in stolen property, according to police records. Picray was also charged with grand theft, according to the records.
An arrest report said several books of lottery tickets were stolen since last month from the Kangaroo Express store at 5700 Philips Highway.
The report said ...
Nov 24, 2008, 9:28 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. lottery winner and tenant fight thief
Homeowner to invest in security system, cameras after harrowing incident
Police nab pellet-pistol-packing suspect
Just because he won $10 million in the lottery, Gary Owens said, that doesn't mean he's got a house full of cash.
Owens suspects a gun-bearing would-be thief who forced his way into Owens' home at 3:30 a.m. Friday thought he was going to claim a share of the jackpot.
A man came to his door saying his name was Tony and he was there to repay $1,500 Owens had allowed him to ...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
Two get bail in Ontario lottery jackpot theft case
Mother, daughter freed amid accusations they stole $3.5M ticket
A Windsor woman accused of taking her 81-year-old husband's $3.5 million winning lottery ticket and the daughter who cashed it in were released on bail in Ontario court Thursday.
Mary Patricia Moore, 59, and daughter Bobbie-Jo Arnold, 39, were arrested Wednesday for fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, false pretenses and uttering a forged document. Arnold signed the winning ticket and claimed the April ...
Oct 3, 2008, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum