4th clerk arrested in Florida Lottery sting
Florida officials have arrested a fourth person locally in its ongoing crackdown on store owners and employees who cheat customers out of lottery winnings.
Kamlawatie Persaud, 60, a clerk at Dave's Mini Mart at 10859 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala, was arrested Wednesday.
According to an investigator at the Florida Lottery Division of Security, the official went to the convenience store posing as a customer with a winning ticket valued at $599 and gave it to the clerk to scan. Persaud checked the ...
May 12, 2017, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket scam costs victim $19,000
Includes video report
Haines City police are looking for the pair who used the promise of a Florida Lotto payoff to scam a man out of $19,000.
According to investigators, they met the victim at a Family Dollar store. Police released surveillance video of the three men together.
The men told the 42-year-old victim they had a winning lottery ticket worth $750,000, but they said they couldn't claim it because they're not here legally. They told him if he gave them $19,000 cash, they would ...
May 7, 2017, 12:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery tickets could soon come with warning label
Florida lottery tickets could soon carry a big warning label if a Republican legislator gets her way.
A House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would require all lottery tickets to say Warning: Gambling can be addictive.
Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, a Mount Dora Republican who is sponsoring the bill, said lottery tickets are a government-sanctioned activity and should come with the same kind of warnings found on cigarettes.
The Florida Lottery sells a wide lineup of tickets ranging in ...
Mar 29, 2017, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Governor appeals loss in lottery case
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is moving ahead in his legal battle with House Speaker Richard Corcoran over the state-run Florida Lottery.
The Scott administration on Tuesday appealed a ruling that found that lottery officials lacked the legal authority to approve a 15-year contract worth more than $700 million.
Corcoran sued the state's lottery secretary in February, arguing the contract with IGT Global Solutions to run lottery games is illegal, because it exceeds the Florida Lottery's authorize ...
Mar 28, 2017, 4:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Battle over Florida Lottery contract goes to court
A Florida judge must decide if the administration of Gov. Rick Scott broke the law when the state lottery approved a contract worth over $700 million.
Attorneys for the Florida Lottery and House Speaker Richard Corcoran squared off in court on Monday for several hours. Judge Karen Gievers did not immediately rule.
Corcoran sued the state's lottery secretary last month, arguing the contract with IGT Global Solutions to run lottery games is illegal because it exceeds the Florida Lottery's au ...
Mar 6, 2017, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery sued by House over contract
Just another political battle masquerading as a lawsuit?
Florida's House of Representatives filed a lawsuit late Friday accusing the Florida Lottery of illegally signing a long-term contract for ticket sales, escalating a feud between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Gov. Rick Scott a little more than a week before the legislative session begins.
Corcoran's decision to file the lawsuit represents a head-on confrontation with an agency overseen by Scott. In response, the governor's office ...
Feb 22, 2017, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
Florida store employee arrested for 'micro-scratching' lottery tickets
Includes video report
Authorities say a Florida convenience store clerk was cashing in by cheating, while selling customers worthless lottery tickets.
Lottery officials say he got greedy and tried to cash in too many big winning lottery scratch-off tickets at the Tampa Lottery District Office.
One major red flag was when he tried to claim a $500 winning scratch-off ticket that hadn't even been scratched.
For more than a year, lottery officials believe an employee of a Radiant conveni ...
Jan 6, 2017, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery revamps daily game lineup
By Todd Northrop
The Florida Lottery is overhauling some of its long-running daily games, adding two new games and renaming two others.
Lottery officials announced last week that it is launching two new daily games called Pick 2 and Pick 5 Monday, Aug. 1.
Pick 2 players can select two numbers, from 0 through 9, to win a top prize of up to $50 for a Straight play, up to $25 for a Box play, or up to $37.50 for a Straight/Box play.
Pick 5 players can select five numbers, from 0 through ...
Aug 1, 2016, 11:16 am - Lottery News forum
South Florida musician gets prison term for lottery fraud
A South Florida musician who helped funnel money from elderly victims of a $500,000 lottery hoax was sentenced Tuesday to three years and five months in federal prison.
Delroy Drummond, aka Top Banga, 26, of Hollywood and Miami Gardens, admitted he worked with allies who contacted seniors all over the U.S. and duped them into believing they had won a lottery prize.
The victims were told they had to pre-pay several thousands of dollars in taxes and fees before their winnings could be turned ...
Jun 1, 2016, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
Florida woman admits role in lottery fraud
A Broward County, Florida, woman pleaded guilty Monday to her role in a Jamaica-based telemarketing lottery fraud that targeted seniors in the U.S.
Elizabeth Gonzalez, 25, of Hollywood and Miami Gardens, a nurse, pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud conspiracy charge in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
Her husband, Delroy Drummond, a musician who also goes by the name Top Banga, age 26, has been locked up has been locked up without bond since January. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to ...
May 17, 2016, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum