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Student Loses $18,800 In Scam
Man Sent Money In Hopes Of Securing Lottery Payoff, Authorities SayAn IUPUI student tricked into believing he had won an Internet sweepstakes lottery was bilked out of more than $18,000, campus police said.Salai T. Ehei, 28, sent money via e-mail, telephone and fax and also Western Union totaling $18,804 over several weeks in pursuit of what he thought would be a big payoff.He told IUPUI police he received a winning notification from a Euro America sweepstakes that promised him a payoff in exc ...
May 4, 2004, 6:54 am - Lottery News forum

E-mail lottery scams arise again
A fool and his money are soon parted, especially if the fool believes everything in his e-mail box.Darrel Van Sickle wasn't fooled, however.The former owner of Darrel's Pool Supplies on Dearborn Street thought something was fishy when he got an e-mail recently telling him he had won a lottery. All he needed to collect his winnings was to contact a fiduciary agent who would facilitate a transfer of his funds, most likely by asking Van Sickle to provide his bank information so the money could be ...
Apr 26, 2004, 6:58 am - Lottery News forum

Ohio Gambling Proposal Would Allow Cities to Vote on Casinos
Cities could vote on casinos and thousands of electronic slot machines would be installed at Ohio racetracks, under a new legislative proposal that backers hope to put on the November ballot.House Speaker Larry Householder said Wednesday he believes cities would view the casino idea as a positive trade-off given that rural areas benefit from racetracks through the sale of grain for horses. So this is a way to allow the urban areas to also have a benefit, Householder said.Democrats and Republi ...
Apr 22, 2004, 1:52 pm - Lottery News forum

Man Dies In Crash Weeks After Winning Lottery
A northwestern Indiana man who won $9.7 million in a January lottery drawing died when his car struck a utility pole in a rainstorm, police said.James K. Craig Jr., 43, is the second Indiana man to die this year shortly after winning the lottery. He was pronounced dead about 4:30 a.m. Saturday shortly after the crash on U.S. 231 about 15 miles south of Gary near the town of Winfield.Lake County police spokesman Michael Higgins said Craig lost control of his 2003 Saturn in rainy conditions, causi ...
Apr 19, 2004, 6:11 am - Lottery News forum

The Two Titans of the Lottery Industry
We often hear that the $40 billion spent on video games worldwide dwarfs the amount spent on the motion picture industry. But another form of mass entertainment dwarfs them both: the lottery business. According to a Morgan Stanley study, sales of lottery tickets around the world will top $160 billion in 2004.You should be thankful for the lottery business this week as you write a check for your tax bill. That's because you'd probably owe a lot more if not for your fellow citizens' crazed desire ...
Apr 15, 2004, 4:58 am - Lottery News forum

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