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Lucky charms' effectiveness 'all in the mind'
Researchers have found that lucky charms work but only in the minds of those who carry them.The first test of charms' effectiveness found they do not increase luck in dvents of pure chance, but users often felt luckier and more confident.The study, by Professor Richard Wiseman of the Psychology Department of the University of Hertfordshire, found carrying a charm had no effect on the chances of choosing winning lottery numbers.However, 30% of those tested felt their luck had improved.Though scep ...
Jan 5, 2004, 6:20 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery scam costs Fresno man $2,300
A new twist to a scam involving the Canadian lottery has cost a 77-year-old Fresno man $2,300, Fresno police reported Wednesday.David Case, a detective assigned to the department's elder abuse unit, said the victim received a letter from the International Lottery Sweepstakes of Canada, accompanied with a check for $2,450, notifying him that he had won $100,000 in the Canadian lottery.To collect his winnings, however, the victim was instructed to deposit the check and then send $2,300 (to cover C ...
Dec 26, 2003, 3:44 am - Lottery News forum

Multi-state jackpots could bring holiday cheer
Just in time for the holidays, the nation's two multi-state lottery games have jackpots that have grown to thresholds that usually produce frenzied buying.The Mega Millions game, played in eleven states, now has a jackpot of $100 million dollars for Tuesday night's drawing.The Powerball game, played in 24 states, Washington D.C., and the Virgin Islands, is now sporting a top prize of $137 million dollars for Wednesday's drawing.If all this seems eerily familiar, that may be because last December ...
Dec 22, 2003, 6:18 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner pleads guilty to assaulting deputy
The saga of lottery winner Jody Lee Taylor seems to indicate that he's anything but lucky.It's still unclear why he was naked.But there's no doubt it was Jody Lee Taylor, 1992 Virginia Lottery winner, who got high on crack cocaine and Crown Royal blended whiskey one night in June, drove his new Ford pickup the wrong way down U.S. 58 in Axton and then tried to run down a Henry County deputy.Being a lottery winner didn't cause Taylor's problems, his friends and family say, but it sure didn't help. ...
Dec 19, 2003, 3:13 am - Lottery News forum

Court deciding legality of NY gambling law
A state appeals court is expected to take about two months to make a ruling into whether the 2001 legislation expanding gambling in New York is legal.Anti-gambling forces argue that several aspects of the law are unconstitutional.The bill provided for video lottery terminals at horse-racing tracks, up to six new Indian casinos and New York's entry into the Mega Millions lottery game.
Dec 18, 2003, 4:10 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery Scam Reaches N.D. Sen. Conrad
The letter looked official, but Sen. Kent Conrad thought the offer was fishy: wire $700 to Germany, then $715,810 in Spanish lottery winnings was his.The North Dakota Democrat even had an agent willing to talk him through -- or into -- the deal. I'm going to go right home and tell my wife, Conrad told the man who claimed to be an international lottery official. This is going to make a very merry Christmas in the Conrad household. Conrad was one of the latest targets of a mail scam that has r ...
Dec 18, 2003, 3:55 am - Lottery News forum

Elderly woman loses $20,000 in lottery swindle
Police have issued a fraud alert after an 87-year-old Oakville woman was cheated out of more than $20,000.Halton police say the woman, who lives alone, had taken out bank drafts and couriered money to a Quebec address believing she had won $5 million in a lottery.Had police not become involved, they say the woman would have sent at least $50,000. It's an extremely sad situation because it appears this woman has sent money to this address at least four times, Halton Sergeant Val Hay said. Even ...
Dec 12, 2003, 5:32 am - Lottery News forum

Alaska closer to getting lottery
Alaskans could be betting on a new state lottery soon after the upcoming legislative session ends next spring. On Monday, several members of the state house and senate spoke to business leaders about the upcoming session, and gambling, at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon.Several lawmakers are betting that if new forms of gambling are created, the additional revenue will help bridge the state's fiscal gap. However, many lawmakers including Governor Frank Murkowski are opposed to expandi ...
Dec 9, 2003, 4:56 am - Lottery News forum

Win the El Gordo jackpot with no ticket?" Fat chance
Over the past 10 years there have been countless scams dealing with winning tickets for foreign lotteries. Most of the early scams involved someone telling you that you were the winner of a Canadian or Australian lottery jackpot, and that to get the money all you had to do was send in a modest transfer fee, or pay the taxes due on the win.Most people knew that they had never bought a ticket for these games and could not possibly have won anything.But others still sent the money. I guess greed ca ...
Dec 1, 2003, 5:39 am - Lottery News forum

$24,000 stolen in lottery scheme
Authorities are looking for a man and woman who duped a Lake Worth-area, Florida businessman into withdrawing $24,000 from his bank in a scheme involving a winning lottery ticket.Sheriff's detectives said the woman approached Claro Hernandez on Sept. 15, claiming she was an illegal immigrant. She asked if he knew of an office in West Palm Beach that offered immigration services. Hernandez, 62, a restaurateur, said he did not. But as the two spoke, a man walked up and joined the conversation, Det ...
Nov 26, 2003, 4:19 am - Lottery News forum