Man fined $225,000 for role in lottery scheme
A White Rock, British Columbia, man who pleaded guilty to being involved in a direct-mail lottery scheme that brought in $47 million has been fined $225,000.
Tom Taylor, 60, participated in selling shares of lottery tickets to thousands of residents in the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand who sent in money for a share over a seven-year period ending in 2002.
In addition to the fine, Mr. Taylor, who was charged under lottery and gaming provisions in the Criminal Code, must ...
Dec 14, 2006, 6:54 am - Lottery News forum
Despite dire predictions, Net gambling not changed by new U.S. law
When President George W. Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in October, many reports gave the impression it sounded like the death knell for the multibillion-dollar Web-based gambling industry.
On the contrary, all it did was strictly regulate the process by which funds are transferred from users of the sites to the offshore companies which own and operate them. The practice itself wasn't declared illegal.
Reputable foreign companies wh ...
Dec 8, 2006, 10:56 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery 'joke' wins man fine, year probation
James A. Koons Jr.'s practical joke backfired in a big way.
According to his attorney, the Hegins man thought it would be funny to fake a $853,496 winning Powerball ticket and leave it underneath a newspaper in the break room at the Roadway Express terminal in Middlesex Twp.
Instead of a laugh, Koons and an unwitting co-worker ended up in a legal mess.
Yesterday, Cumberland County President Judge Edgar B. Bayley sentenced Koons, 38, to 12 months of probation and fined him $2,500 for ...
Dec 6, 2006, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery raffle tickets being illegally re-sold
Special Florida Lottery $20 holiday raffle game tickets that sold out over the weekend are now appearing for sale illegally on an online auction site, in some cases for thousands of dollars.
Since the Florida Lottery only printed up 1.25 million tickets, the Holiday Millionaire Raffle is the best chance ever for Floridians to win a $1 million.
However, some Floridians are trying to cash in early by illegally selling their tickets.
We found that these $20 slips of paper are in extrem ...
Dec 6, 2006, 7:14 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. only state with no lottery sales on Election Day
Reason for the law is unclear
South Carolinians can pick politicians and decide a slew of state issues Tuesday, but they can't elect to buy a lottery ticket or a bottle of booze.
State law prohibits the sale of both on statewide election days.
While a ban on selling liquor isn't unique to South Carolina, it is very likely that shutting down the state lottery is. And the reason lottery tickets are forbidden isn't nearly as clear as a banned bottle of vodka.
I think we're the only sta ...
Nov 7, 2006, 1:24 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C lottery retailers caught selling tickets to minors
In August and September, teenagers working for North Carolina state law enforcement officers walked into more than 300 places where North Carolina lottery tickets are sold.
They had been given strict and careful instructions. Try to buy a ticket. Carry your real ID. If asked about your age, don't lie.
At 91 stores more than 28 percent of the locations checked clerks sold them tickets, even though it is against the law to sell one to a person younger than 18.
Such violations were fou ...
Nov 7, 2006, 1:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Wife Orders Hit on Russian Lottery Winner
An angry Russian woman from the small town in the Caucasus hired a criminal to kill her ex-husband who had won a million rubles in a lottery, the News.ru website reported Friday.
48-year-old retired military officer Alexei Rykov had bought just one lottery ticket as a present for his own birthday and the ticket proved to be lucky the man won one million rubles (about $37,000). He used the money to buy an apartment (until then the family was renting) and a car.
After a while his wife Irin ...
Nov 3, 2006, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. police warn of lottery scams
Police are reminding residents to be wary of so-called international lottery scams in which large sums are promised but require recipients to send money before they can claim their prize.
Two Camden, New Jersey, residents were recently victims of this scam, police said.
One woman, an 84-year-old, sent a total of $25,000, money she got through cash advances on a credit card.
She reported the scam to police Sept. 29 after her prize money never arrived, said Camden Det. Zsakhiemcq James.
Oct 24, 2006, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery conviction sends message about disclosure
More indictments may be forthcoming
Voluntary public servants beware: Withholding information about your past could get you in serious trouble.
Changes in North Carolina ethics laws will make it harder for appointed members of boards and commissions to hide potential conflicts of interests, and the new law stiffens penalties when disclosures are incomplete.
But the five felony fraud convictions given by a federal jury Thursday to a former state lottery commissioner who lied about his p ...
Oct 18, 2006, 5:16 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery trial: prosectutor calls ex-commissioner 'crafty'
Former lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings is a very crafty individual who chose to deliberately withhold information about his work for a lottery company, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments in Geddings' federal fraud trial.
His duty was to the public and not to himself, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy told jurors, who received their instructions Wednesday afternoon and were scheduled to start deliberations Thursday.
During his 90-minute statement, Duffy describe ...
Oct 12, 2006, 2:09 pm - Lottery News forum