New York Lottery accounting method questioned
Billions of dollars in bets are kept off the New York Lottery's books.
That's because the state Lottery Division does not publicly report the wagers on its video games that go to gamblers as prizes.
The figures aren't included in the Lottery's annual reports or audited financial statements, and the Lottery initially declined requests for the amounts wagered on the video machines, and the prizes paid, since the machines were introduced in 2004.
Late yesterday, however, a Lottery official ...
Jan 30, 2007, 6:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery players learn tough lessons
When Chris Ramesar plays the Florida lottery, sometimes he gets a warning from his 8-year-old daughter, Gabriela.
Daddy, she says, remember what happened in New York?
Ramesar is a 57-year-old co-owner of an auto body shop in Miami. He is thousands of miles and more than a decade removed from the day he found out his lucky numbers had come up in the New York Lottery.
But he hasn't forgotten what happened, or the lesson he eventually learned that it is very hard to sue the Lottery s ...
Jan 30, 2007, 11:47 am - Lottery News forum
Gang 'used 007-style gadgets' to cheat casinos
A chef who turned high-tech poker cheat with an array of James Bond-style spy equipment to pocket an estimated 250,000 (US$491,000) was jailed for nine months today.
Yau Yiv Lam, 45, and two other partners in crime, repeatedly preyed on casinos throughout London using miniature up-the-sleeve cameras and virtually invisible earpieces to reverse the odds and chalk up a string of spectacular wins.
As he filmed cards dealt by the croupier, footage was beamed to an accomplice in a van equipp ...
Jan 15, 2007, 4:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Doctors condemn plastic surgery lottery
British surgeons have condemned a plastic surgery lottery that offers winners money for face lifts, breast enlargements, and tummy tucks.
London-based Europa International is running what is thought to be the world's first lottery for cosmetic surgery.
For the price of 1.50 (US$2.90) text message or phone call, winners of the monthly draw will receive 6,000 pounds toward the cost of the surgery of their choice.
John Babbage, the co-founder of Europa International, said it is not much ...
Jan 10, 2007, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum
Florida officer unable to accept $1,000 lottery ticket gift
Imagine if someone handed you a winning lottery ticket worth $1,000, but you couldn't spend it. That's exactly what happened to a Holly Hill police officer.
A mystery woman handed the officer the ticket.
Investigator Chris Yates got a bittersweet holiday surprise as he worked an extra shift at a Holly Hill Publix. A stranger handed him an envelope.
Stuffed a folded up envelope into my left hand and said, 'Merry Christmas,' and walked away from me, Yates explained.
It turned ou ...
Dec 14, 2006, 4:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Secrets of lottery millionaires
As the 2,000th UK Lottery millionaire pops the champagne, 16 former jackpot winners shared how their money has been spent and how their lives have changed.
I'VE BOUGHT AN ACRE OF THE MOON, VENUS AND MARS
David Copeland, 31, is single and lives in Hereford in a modest two-bedroom Sixties house.
Occupation: Former lab technician.
Won: 1,000,000 on January 4, 2000.
First purchase: On the day I won, I went to the supermarket and bought half a dozen bottles of champagne to s ...
Dec 11, 2006, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery, by the numbers
50 facts about the United Kingdom's #1 numbers game
96% of winners said money can buy you happiness.
2009 is the year Camelot's license to run the National Lottery expires.
13,983,816 to one are the odds against winning the jackpot.
2,000 millionaires have been created by the lottery since it began.
19bn has been raised for good causes.
28.7bn has been paid out in cash prizes.
14 millionaires, on average, are created each month.
20.1m is the largest single prize ...
Dec 11, 2006, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
The hidden Lotto millionaires
They have wealth beyond their wildest dreams but nobody knows. In the Irish province of Ulster some of the millionaires have made their identities known to the world, but most have not.
They are the next door neighbors who hide the secret that they are millionaires.
Some are scared their wealth will end lifelong friendships. And some worry that new found friends would be attracted by their money and nothing else.
They are the National Lottery millionaires who go to amazing lengths to ...
Dec 11, 2006, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
TV station reports on the Kansas Lottery
Some say it's harmless entertainment. Others say it can lead to a dangerous addiction. Some say its a simple way to raise millions for important state programs. Others say it's a game that takes advantage of the poor. But, however you feel about the Lottery it's here to stay.
The old adage, 'it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game' does not apply here.
Tony Trotter says he's been playing the lottery for years.
I figure somebody has got to win somebody's got to wi ...
Nov 29, 2006, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
In state lottery, everyone plays a hunch
People have different strategies and superstitions when trying to beat the odds and win the lottery. Just ask the cashiers they buy tickets from.
Some players refuse to buy two tickets consecutively, said Chris Scott, a cashier at the Shell station off Sunset Avenue and Old Carriage Road in Rocky Mount.
They'll get one, and then they'll stand here and wait for someone else to get one, he said. And then they'll ask me, what was the last one they got. And then they'll ask me the numbers. ...
Nov 7, 2006, 2:12 pm - Lottery News forum