Puzzling cliff-hanger remains in case of poisoned lottery winner
With his departure from office this week, a county medical examiner leaves behind a beguiling mystery set in motion more than three years ago with his sensational declaration that a Chicago businessman who had just won a $1 million lottery prize was poisoned by cyanide.
Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina's finding that Urooj Khan's death was a homicide led to the exhumation of his body, divided his family and drew flocks of international reporters to Chicago to cover the story.
Jun 12, 2016, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
State lawmaker calls for Illinois Lottery probe in light of audit findings
Lottery head resigns, another possible winner payout shutdown looms
A state lawmaker is calling for an investigation of the Illinois Lottery after a recent audit revealed it had violated the state finance law.
The audit found that the Lottery circumvented the state's budget impasse by prepaying $20 million to take part in future multi-state lottery games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, said he wants either Illinois State Attorney General Lisa Mad ...
Jun 12, 2016, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Accused lottery murderer recaptured
The suspect accused of murdering a Georgia Lottery winner has now been caught, after he escaped from prison Wednesday.
Officials found Earnest Holcomb in Ocilla around 8:20 p.m. Thursday evening.
Authorities followed up on a tip that led to Holcomb's capture, they aren't releasing specific details about where he was found to protect the identity of the tipster. But Sheriff Bobby McLemore did say that he was found hiding underneath an Ocilla house.
Holcomb escaped from the Ben Hill Count ...
Jun 10, 2016, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
Suspect accused of murdering lottery winner escapes from Georgia prison
One of the people charged with murdering a Georgia Lottery winner has escaped from a south Georgia prison, authorities say.
Earnest Anthony Holcomb, 28, got away from the Ben Hill County facility about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sheriff Bobby McLemore said. Holcomb was in the exercise yard when he made it onto the roof and slipped out of his jumpsuit before running away.
Authorities still don't know how Holcomb escaped, since there are 40 cameras in the area, McLemore said.
Holcomb and six ot ...
Jun 9, 2016, 12:55 pm - Lottery News forum
South Florida musician gets prison term for lottery fraud
A South Florida musician who helped funnel money from elderly victims of a $500,000 lottery hoax was sentenced Tuesday to three years and five months in federal prison.
Delroy Drummond, aka Top Banga, 26, of Hollywood and Miami Gardens, admitted he worked with allies who contacted seniors all over the U.S. and duped them into believing they had won a lottery prize.
The victims were told they had to pre-pay several thousands of dollars in taxes and fees before their winnings could be turned ...
Jun 1, 2016, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaican lottery scam drives man to suicide
Includes video report
An ongoing sinister scam continues to cause some victims to lose their entire life savings from thieves operating from a country and an ocean away.
The special Jamaican Organized Crime Task Force is taking on scammers who cost unsuspecting Americans hundreds of millions of dollars each year. They find all the tools of the trade.
Cellphones, cash, and lists of phone numbers are used by suspects. Some go as far as driving a nail through their computers to disable the ...
May 24, 2016, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Florida woman admits role in lottery fraud
A Broward County, Florida, woman pleaded guilty Monday to her role in a Jamaica-based telemarketing lottery fraud that targeted seniors in the U.S.
Elizabeth Gonzalez, 25, of Hollywood and Miami Gardens, a nurse, pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud conspiracy charge in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
Her husband, Delroy Drummond, a musician who also goes by the name Top Banga, age 26, has been locked up has been locked up without bond since January. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to ...
May 17, 2016, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Police track down burglary suspects by tracing stolen lottery tickets
Police identified two New Jersey men who they say were caught on surveillance video stealing lottery tickets and jewelry from a home in Upper Pittsgrove Township last month.
The two suspects, identified as Joshua Robinson, 32, of Deptford, New Jersey and Eric Gilch, 28, of Blackwood, New Jersey broke into a home in Upper Pittsgrove back on April 12, according to investigators. The men encountered the family's dogs and started scouring the home until the homeowner noticed the men on surveillan ...
May 10, 2016, 10:56 am - Lottery News forum
Third suspect surrenders in national lottery rigging scandal
A third man charged in a still-unfolding, multi-million dollar lottery rigging scandal investigation surrendered to authorities in Iowa on Thursday, his attorney said.
Robert Clark Rhodes II was arrested last spring in his home state of Texas by authorities there, after Iowa prosecutors charged him with two counts of fraud for helping a then-top lottery security official allegedly rig multiple jackpot drawings.
Rhodes challenged the arrest in court, claiming investigators did not have suff ...
Apr 28, 2016, 3:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Preliminary hearing rescheduled for Tommy Tipton in lottery rigging case
The latest case in a large-scale lottery rigging scheme is headed to the courtroom next week.
Tommy Tipton turned himself in earlier this month after being charged with ongoing criminal conduct.
Tommy's brother is former Multi-State Lottery Association employee Eddie Tipton, who is currently serving prison time for tampering with lottery equipment.
Police say Eddie rigged the Hot Lotto game electronically to win him a jackpot for $16 million in December of 2010.
Prosecutors recently ...
Apr 22, 2016, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum