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Michigan authorities break up private lottery, seize $2.2 million
Authorities have seized $2.2 million and broken up a private lottery that they say mimicked the Michigan State Lottery but paid off significantly more money for matching winning numbers.Operating from modest homes in Detroit and nearby Oak Park, the family business appears to have roots going back 30 years, the Wayne County sheriff's department and prosecutor's office announced Friday. Numbers operations have been around for several decades before the lottery, but this is the largest we have ser ...
Apr 9, 2004, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum

Elderly Woman Loses $10,000 In Lottery Scam
Tampa, Florida Police are looking for a man and woman involved in scamming an elderly woman out of $10,000 by convincing her they held a winning lottery ticket.About 10 a.m. Tuesday, the female scam artist walked up to the 70-year-old victim in a Kash n' Karry parking lot at 2525 N. Dale Mabry Highway, police said. She asked whether there was a church nearby because she needed help. The man walked up and told the victim the woman really needed a lawyer to help her with her lottery winnings.The p ...
Apr 9, 2004, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum

War Dampens Indiana's Hope of International Lottery
Indiana's hopes of joining an international lottery -- boasting prizes as big as $500 million -- have become a casualty of war.Indiana was one of about 30 states and several foreign nations jockeying to organize the international game, which was expected to begin this year with one drawing each week.But talks of the game have stalled because several European nations have withdrawn, citing concerns about U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, Hoosier Lottery Director Jack Ross said. They felt they cou ...
Apr 6, 2004, 4:00 am - Lottery News forum

Beware of Phony Prize Promotions, Lottery Schemes, and Bogus E-mails
By now, most people who use e-mail on a regular basis are quite familiar with the word spam and what it looks like in their e-mail in-box. If it wasn't frustrating enough to sort through and fill your trash with junk (postal) mail every day or answer unsolicited telemarketing calls during the dinner hour, now these nuisances and fraudulent schemes have found a new way into our homes and offices through e-mail.According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers in the United States an ...
Mar 26, 2004, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum

Store owner to appeal jury's lottery decision
A store owner plans to appeal a jury's decision that he pay $1.3 million to a lottery winner who said the owner failed to warn him about a jackpot cap.John Struna regularly bought multiple tickets with the same numbers for the Buckeye 5 game at Convenient Food Mart in Cleveland. In October 2001, he chose the winning combination, which he had played on 52 tickets.The game's prize is $100,000, so Struna thought that amount would be multiplied by 52 for each of his winning tickets, giving him $5.2 ...
Mar 26, 2004, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum

Proposed Oklahoma lottery discussed at forum
A lottery forum sponsored by the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals laid out the nuts and bolts Thursday of the proposal Oklahomans will vote on in November. But the one thing even the experts couldn't answer was how much money the education lottery would raise. Nobody really knows, state Secretary of Finance Scott Meacham said. Other states vary greatly on what they have made per capita. It depends on the way the lottery is set up. Gov. Brad Henry also said he didn't know how much the lottery ...
Mar 26, 2004, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum

GOP candidates show flexibility towards N.C. lottery
Republicans competing for the North Carolina gubernatorial nomination are showing more flexibility on the issue of a lottery than they did four years ago, but few seem to view the issue as a lynchpin in this year's campaign.While four of six major GOP candidates make similar arguments against a numbers game, Southern Pines insurance executive George Little wants everyone to know he's different. Unlike most of the candidates in this race, I support the right of the people to vote on an advisory r ...
Mar 23, 2004, 4:21 am - Lottery News forum

New Web site calls on lottery directors to add Megaplier
A lottery Web site was opened Saturday calling for the eleven Mega Millions state lottery directors to add the Megaplier feature to the game in all Mega Millions states.Currently, the Megaplier feature is only available to Texas players.According to the Web site, Megaplier.com, the Megaplier costs $1 per play board, and gives the player a chance to multiply all non-jackpot Mega Millions prizes by up to four times.Powerball multi-state lottery players have had this option for years with the Pow ...
Mar 22, 2004, 4:48 am - Lottery News forum

Dreams of lottery cash turn to dust
When a friendly telemarketer called a 74-year-old Bethlehem, Pennsylvania woman two weeks ago to tell her she'd won $5 million in a Canadian sweepstakes, it sounded too good to be true.But the young man on the other end of the line convinced the woman she was a winner and to claim her prize she had to send him $1,900 cash to cover taxes and fees on the winnings.Bethlehem police later learned the man was a con artist, but only after the victim took out a home loan to wire him the original amount ...
Mar 22, 2004, 4:11 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery millionaire admits laundering money for drug dealers
A man who won $6.7 million in the lottery a decade ago was ordered to stay in his house for six months for laundering money for drug dealers.That was the penalty imposed Tuesday on 73-year-old Carlos Rivera, who will be electronically monitored during that time. U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue also fined Rivera $30,000 and placed him on probation for three years after his home confinement is completed.Rivera admitted concealing cash payments he received from convicted drug dealers Victor and H ...
Mar 17, 2004, 11:05 am - Lottery News forum