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
Ontario Lottery to undergo criminal investigation
The Ontario government called police yesterday after the province's ombud accused unscrupulous lottery-ticket retailers of collecting tens of millions of dollars in dishonest'' winnings and the responsible Crown agency of letting them get away with it.
Public Infrastructure Minister David Caplan asked police to look into Andre Marin's report probing a disproportionate number of jackpot wins by so-called lottery insiders a report that amounted to a searing indictment of the Ontario Lotter ...
Mar 27, 2007, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Trooper caught in gambling raid
Indianapolis Metro Police officers cited Indiana State Trooper Kyle Freeman during a gambling raid Tuesday. They also arrested three men, including the poker club's promoter, Ryan Row.
I have been informed that I am not supposed to speak with you, said Row to Eyewitness News.
The raid happened Tuesday night in the Pendleton Trade Center. Officers confiscated several boxes of poker chips and thousands of dollars in cash.
In all, officers issued summons to 60 people.
Now the seven-y ...
Mar 16, 2007, 10:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Cops bust 2 men who stole 3,000 lottery tickets
Two men who allegedly made off with 3,000 lottery tickets from a Chinatown, California, liquor store are in custody, along with a woman accused of trying to cash some of the tickets, thanks to a school principal who recognized two of the suspects as the parents of one of his students, police reported.
The woman, who is not suspected of taking part in the Feb. 20 robbery, allegedly visited a liquor store in Highland Park the next day in an unsuccessful attempt to try to cash some of the stolen ...
Mar 15, 2007, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaica police make progress into multimillion dollar lottery scam
The Montego Bay police continue to make inroads into the multimillion dollar lottery scam which saw several arrests being made in recent times.
According to Superintendent in charge of St. James, Steve McGregor, two houses regarded as dial up houses, a term used for places where the scam is carried out, have been identified.
The first house located on Sun Valley Road in Glendevon, was the scene of a murder last Friday night, where a several hundred thousand dollars was reportedly stolen.
Mar 15, 2007, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum