Michigan Lottery has few options to stop players who spend millions
In June 2017, Viktor Gjonaj walked into a sleepy retail strip on Dequindre Road in Sterling Heights.
He wasn't heading for the massage parlor, or the small Indian and Pakistani grocery store or restaurant or the hair salon. Instead, he went into the Michigan Lottery claim center at the northern edge of Sherwood Plaza.
There, he showed his driver's license and Social Security card, completed a claim form, and left $2.5 million richer with a check cut to him as the prize for the 500 winning ...
Mar 9, 2020, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
What happens when Michigan lottery retailers try to game the system
Includes video report
A Detroit gas station and convenience store owner scratched hundreds of instant game tickets the Michigan Lottery sent him for sale to customers, trying to identify the winners so he could buy them himself and claim the prizes, officials say.
For each package of tickets, Mubarak Morshed calculated whether the total prize money exceeded the purchase price. If not, he reported the pack of tickets missing. If yes, he purchased the tickets and sought to collect the cash, ...
Sep 13, 2019, 10:19 am - Lottery News forum
Federal authorities investigating illegal NJ 'lottery' pool, sources say
Multiple people, including one county employee, have been called to testify in a federal probe into an alleged illegal lottery contest that hundreds of Hudson County employees pay a $20 fee to enter, multiple sources told The Jersey Journal.
The feds are looking into whether the organizers of the game, based on numbers drawn in the state lottery's official Pick 6, are taking a cut of the total pool money.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark did not return a call for commen ...
Jul 25, 2019, 7:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Bermuda officials staying quiet on sale of Florida lottery tickets
The Bermuda Governor's office has stonewalled questions about whether it knew the sale of American lottery tickets in Bermuda was branded a potential breach of numerous laws in the United States by a top American gambling lawyer.
Lottery Post reported last month that a legal opinion on the sale of the Florida Lottery Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at Paradise Games on Court Street was obtained by the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission as it probed the island's gambling industry in 2016.
Jul 31, 2018, 8:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Are Florida lottery tickets being sold illegally in Bermuda?
The Bermuda Government was advised more than two years ago that the sale of American lottery tickets on the island appeared to breach numerous laws in the United States, including some designed to stop money-laundering.
A legal opinion was sought by the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission on the issue from a leading gaming lawyer in Las Vegas, who identified a series of potential violations of federal and state laws.
His evaluation is understood to have been shared by the commission with at l ...
Jun 20, 2018, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery denies millions in prizes to winners of scratch-off games
The Georgia Lottery Commission has refused to pay more than $17.1 million in scratch-off game prizes since 2014 the year lottery officials instituted a policy of investigating big-money winners.
The lottery has issued 270 denial letters to winners of $1,000 or more in the past four years, citing a variety of suspicions that could be fraud: people who claim multiple winning games in a relatively short period of time; winners who can't identify where or when the game was purchased; or individua ...
Dec 20, 2017, 7:13 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
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
18 arrested in illegal lottery bust in New Jersey
May be part of larger network of illegal games
Includes video report
Cracking down on a vast underground gambling operation, Irvington Police hit the jackpot on Friday, arresting 18 people, allegedly connected to an illegal lottery enterprise out of storefronts across New Jersey.
Basically, the numbers are run by the New Jersey or New York lotteries, the mid-day and the night number, and they usually call, make payments on the numbers, says Irvington Police Detective Mitchell Molina.
Apr 3, 2017, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Study: N.C. Lottery scammers have cheated state out of $7 million
Lottery scammers have cheated North Carolina out of an estimated $7 million in back taxes and delinquent child support since 2009, a non-partisan arm of the General Assembly said.
At the request of a state legislator, the Fiscal Research Division teamed up with a UNC-Chapel Hill statistician to calculate the loss following an Observer investigation that found dozens of players winning the lottery so often that their luck defies logic.
Highlighted in the Observer's series was a lucrative se ...
Dec 7, 2016, 3:55 pm - Lottery News forum