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Lottery Winner's Lucky Day Turns into One Heck of a Mess
The lure of quick cash from someone else's winning lottery ticket now has three women facing some serious charges, after their alleged plan proved to be very unlucky. Imagine you just found out you won $25,000 in the lottery. You get a receipt but in your haste, you actually leave the ticket at the store. And when you got back, it is gone. Well, that is just what happened to a 24-year-old Tina-Marie Ware from Rensselaer. She kept looking and looking and finally, needed the State Police to ...
Jul 18, 2007, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery scams hard to resist for some
What if you got home today and found a letter in your mailbox telling you that you won thousands of dollars in a Canadian lottery? It sounds like great news, but it's actually a scam that's costing Americans millions of dollars every year. Too Good To Be True This is the scam we get the most calls and e-mails about. And it's very convincing because the letter comes with a check that looks real. So a Pennsylvania TV news crew went to Canada to find out how the scam works and where you ...
Jun 27, 2007, 10:46 pm - Lottery News forum

Police foil alleged plot to kidnap lottery winners
Police in Montreal say they've foiled a bizarre extortion and murder plot apparently aimed at a couple who pocketed a $27 million lottery jackpot last month. An 18-year-old Mexican citizen was arrested Monday afternoon in a Montreal neighbourhood and arraigned yesterday for conspiracy to abduct, conspiracy to commit murder and other charges. Edwin Scarlotte Mata Lima, who arrived in Canada four months ago, is alleged to have planned the murder of Zenovij Pacholuk and Dolores Coffey, winner ...
Jun 20, 2007, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum

Fake lottery ticket costs New Mexico man $25,000
A Las Cruces, New Mexico, man was conned out of $25,000 by two men who claimed to have a winning lottery ticket. The men were selling the winning ticket because they were unable to claim the cash prize as a result of not being in the United States legally. The 80-year-old victim stated he was approached by the two men Friday, June 8, outside the Wal-Mart on Walton Blvd. The suspects allegedly talked the victim into withdrawing $25,000 from his bank account in exchange for a lottery ti ...
Jun 13, 2007, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum

Citizen, officer expose check lottery scam
After a Virginia resident reported a check lottery scam he received through the mail, Lt. Troy Steele thought he would give the scam artist a call. Sitting from his desk at the Culpeper Police Department, in front of this reporter, Steele called Patrick La Pierre from HKJC Lotteries to find out what he would need to do to obtain his winnings of $125,000. The winnings are supposedly from a Hong Kong Lottery but the person taking all phone calls related to the scam has a Canadian area code. ...
May 22, 2007, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery harder to win in Atlantic Canada
Lottery players are twice as likely to die in a car crash on the way to the store to get their tickets than to win the big jackpot, says the Toronto statistician who has crunched the numbers of the Ontario lottery. Jeffrey Rosenthal said the odds in Atlantic Canada seem to be stacked even higher against ticket holders, in light of news that retailers have won 10 times more than statistically probable over a six-year period. If you buy it and you are not careful, even if you do defy the od ...
May 14, 2007, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum

Millions in Atlantic Lottery winnings under police investigation
Police will examine millions of dollars worth of questionable winnings by lottery retailers after an independent investigation revealed gaping holes in how the Atlantic Lottery Corp. protects its customers from dishonest sellers. In the latest blow to Canada's embattled lottery business, a forensic accounting team found what the Crown-owned agency described as unethical and suspicious dealings between some retailers and purchasers in Atlantic Canada. Larry Doherty, a vice-president at ...
May 14, 2007, 6:49 am - Lottery News forum

Former N.C. Lottery commissioner sentenced to 4 years in prison
Former lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings was sentenced to four years in prison today on charges that he hid his financial ties to a company expected to bid for the state's lottery business. US District Court Judge James Dever the Third imposed a prison term seven months longer than the maximum sentence recommended by court officials. They suggested that Geddings receive up to almost three and a half years in prison. Dever also fined Geddings $25,000 but says he doesn't have to report t ...
May 7, 2007, 5:59 pm - Lottery News forum

Lotto tickets lead cops to murder suspect
Lottery tickets left at the scene of a double slaying at a Southwest Side grocery store in 2005 have led Chicago police to the suspected killer, police said today. Timothy Fountain, 36, of the 12700 block of South Morgan Street, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the course of a felony in the Aug. 4, 2005, slayings of Graciela Rodriguez, 38, and Nicholas Guerrero, 74, police spokesman Pat Camden said. Police believe Fountain shot the two during a hold-up inside Magg ...
Apr 13, 2007, 7:11 pm - Lottery News forum

Ontario Lottery security chief steps down; investigation underway
A vice-president of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is taking a paid leave of absence while Toronto police try to determine if he was in a conflict of interest by working at the lottery and the OPP at the same time. The leave takes effect immediately, the lottery corporation announced Thursday. Michael Sharland, a former Ontario Provincial Police superintendent, was working double-duty for the past three years as the lottery corporation's vice-president of corporate security and ...
Apr 6, 2007, 6:42 pm - Lottery News forum