Police file charges in illegal lottery
After a four-year investigation, Burlington, North Carolina, Police charged two men and have warrants drawn on a third in connection to a butter and egg lottery operation.
Police seized more than $6,000 Friday evening as well as a shotgun, illegal lottery tickets and several grams of cocaine and marijuana, according to a Burlington Police Department news release.
Police say they have charged mid-level participants in the illegal gambling operation that used to be considered a poor man ...
Nov 12, 2007, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
Chinese Man Hacks Lottery System, Gets Life in Prison
Note to self: Next visit to China, don't try rigging the lottery.
A Chinese lottery ticket seller has been jailed for life for fraud for taking advantage of a system flaw to cash 28 million yuan ($3.76 million) in tickets illegally, state media said Tuesday.
Zhao Liqun discovered the flaw in the Welfare Lottery 3D system in 2005 that let a person buy tickets with the right numbers within five minutes of their being announced, sources at the Intermediate People's Court in Anshan, northea ...
Nov 8, 2007, 2:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Employee hacks into online poker site
A leading Internet poker site said Friday that a hacker exploited a security flaw to gain an insurmountable edge in high-stakes, no-limit Texas holdem tournaments the ability to see his opponents' hole cards.
The cheater, whose illegitimate winnings were estimated at between $400,000 and $700,000 by one victim, was an employee of AbsolutePoker.com who hacked the system to show that it could be done, a spokesman for the company anonymously told a reporter.
This is literally a geek trying ...
Oct 25, 2007, 9:43 am - Lottery News forum
Opponents of lottery say 'I told you so'
A database consultant alleges the N.C. Lottery didn't deliver the money promised
By Frank Koconis
The N.C. Education Lottery has been in operation for barely a year, and so far the state has seen little benefit from it. The promised boost in education funding is much smaller than expected, and for certain programs, nonexistent. Even worse, some of the ominous predictions of those who originally opposed the lottery appear to be coming true.
The lottery simply isn't bringing in nearly as ...
Sep 19, 2007, 1:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Major lottery winner says he's a fraud victim
Ex-carpet cleaner sues to recover more than $3.5 million
British Columbia's biggest lottery winner claims he was bilked of more than $3.5 million less than 18 months after the windfall, by false friends helped by two Vancouver lawyers and an accountant.
Tsering Luding, the carpet cleaner who scored $24 million from Super 7, says he was defrauded in a sophisticated sting featuring phony financial statements and $100,000 payments delivered in banded bills wrapped in plastic bags. He is tryin ...
Sep 12, 2007, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner goes from rags to riches to rags
For David Lee Edwards, winning the lottery was a wild rocket ride
In the fall of 2006, David Lee Edwards and his wife, Shawna, decorated their front door for Halloween. But if trick-or-treaters made it to the couple's home, a storage unit in Riviera Beach, no plastic ghost was as scary as what they'd have found inside: two pale, withered junkies from Kentucky living amid dirty clothes, rotting food, and their own filth.
And these were lottery winners.
Today, with David on what could be ...
Aug 22, 2007, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Kickback probe launched at the Texas Lottery
The Travis County district attorney's office confirmed Tuesday that it has launched a criminal investigation after an allegation that someone affiliated with the Texas Lottery Commission may have solicited kickbacks from a financial planning firm that helped some Lotto Texas winners manage their money.
Assistant District Attorney Greg Cantwell of the office's public integrity unit said he could not divulge the details of the inquiry but said that the lottery commission was cooperating.
Jun 20, 2007, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum
Citizen, officer expose check lottery scam
After a Virginia resident reported a check lottery scam he received through the mail, Lt. Troy Steele thought he would give the scam artist a call.
Sitting from his desk at the Culpeper Police Department, in front of this reporter, Steele called Patrick La Pierre from HKJC Lotteries to find out what he would need to do to obtain his winnings of $125,000.
The winnings are supposedly from a Hong Kong Lottery but the person taking all phone calls related to the scam has a Canadian area code.
May 22, 2007, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
Man charged in lottery ticket theft case
If you bought a lottery ticket at Valley Supreme Liquors in Pine Bush, New York, and lost, you might want to blame the clerk who sold it to you.
He might have stolen a jackpot meant for you.
While Michael M. Ciarcia worked at the liquor store, he stole more than $40,000 worth of lottery tickets a few of which were winners, according to state police in Middletown.
Ciarcia, who worked at the store for six months, was arrested last week and charged with second-degree burglary and third ...
Apr 25, 2007, 5:03 am - Lottery News forum
Trooper caught in gambling raid
Indianapolis Metro Police officers cited Indiana State Trooper Kyle Freeman during a gambling raid Tuesday. They also arrested three men, including the poker club's promoter, Ryan Row.
I have been informed that I am not supposed to speak with you, said Row to Eyewitness News.
The raid happened Tuesday night in the Pendleton Trade Center. Officers confiscated several boxes of poker chips and thousands of dollars in cash.
In all, officers issued summons to 60 people.
Now the seven-y ...
Mar 16, 2007, 10:57 pm - Lottery News forum