Lottery ticket thief gets prison term shortened
An appeals court shortened the prison term for lottery-ticket thief Andy Ashkar by at least three-and-a-half years, reducing a sentence imposed by a judge because it was unduly harsh and severe.
In a decision filed on Friday, the Supreme Court Appellate Division's Fourth Judicial Department shortened Ashkar's total sentence to between five and 15 years, the amount requested by Assistant District Attorney Beth Van Doren in 2013.
Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph E. Fahey, offended by the ...
Jul 14, 2015, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Time running out for $7 million NY lottery winner to claim prize
The buyer of a top prize-winning lottery ticket worth $7 million has just two weeks left to claim their windfall or lose it forever.
A Brooklyn deli sold the $7 million multi-state Cash4Life ticket last July.
The purchase was made at the Milky Way Deli at 1669 Ralph Ave. in Flatlands.
It was for the July 24, 2014 Cash4Life drawing meaning the owner has until this July 24 to redeem it.
If nobody comes forward, the $7 million goes back in the pot, lottery officials said.
Time is ru ...
Jul 10, 2015, 3:27 pm - Lottery News forum
9/11 hero wins $5 million NY Lottery prize
A New York City firefighter forced to retire due to Ground Zero ailments won a $5 million jackpot with a New York Lottery scratch-off ticket.
Carmelo Mercado, of Harriman in Orange County, New York, hit paydirt with a $20 Cash X 100 ticket, sources said.
Mercado, 63, a retired member of FDNY Battalion 49 in Astoria, said he had initially purchased one ticket, but then decided on a whim to purchase another which won.
I was in shock, he said. I couldn't believe it, to be honest with you. ...
Jul 2, 2015, 11:31 am - Lottery News forum
$136M Powerball winner sued for 'dooring' cyclist
Anthony Perosi Jr. wasn't the only one who got lucky when he scored a $136 million Powerball win so did a bicyclist who got doored by his pickup.
The Staten Island plumber is being sued by Kieran Del Pasqua, who says he was sent flying when Perosi opened the door of his Ford F150 in a bike lane in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The 40-year-old Internet exec had no chance to stop in the May 27 accident and slammed into the door, his Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit says.
He required surgery and now ...
Jun 22, 2015, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
NY plumber wins $136M Powerball jackpot, splits it with son
A New York plumber and his son are multimillionaires after sitting on a winning Powerball ticket because they thought the jackpot had been won by a teacher.
Anthony Perosi of Staten Island says he was on his way to do an inspection March 14 when he stopped at the 7-Eleven where he always buys lottery tickets when he is in the area.
Perosi, 56, was at a bar a week later when another patron said the winning Powerball ticket had been won at that same 7-Eleven. The bartender, he says, told him ...
Jun 7, 2015, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
NY lottery retailer won 16 times in 2 years
A Bronx businessman who has won more big lottery prizes than any other New Yorker doesn't have to go far to buy tickets he owns a store that sells them.
Armand Paganelli scored an astounding 16 winning tickets in 2013 and 2014, amassing a tidy $625,000 in jackpots. One was $250,000; the others were $25,000 apiece.
The winning ducats were all bought at the drugstore Paganelli owns with his brothers Mt. Carmel Pharmacy on East 187th Street.
The Ossining resident has won more $10,000-plus ...
Jun 7, 2015, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
Sick mother accuses daughter of stealing $1 million lottery prize
A dollar and a dream has turned into a $1 million legal nightmare with a Brooklyn, New York, woman accusing her daughter of running off with her jackpot.
In papers filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Barbara Quiles says her daughter, Linza Ford, has absconded with her winnings.
It's heartbreaking what she's done, Quiles, 51, said Tuesday night. God is on my side. God doesn't like ugly and this is ugly.
The mother says she suffers from lupus, bulging discs, spinal stenosis and has had two ...
May 27, 2015, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket spells out insult
The purchaser of a New York State instant scratch-off Wheel of Fortune ticket was upset after she purchased a ticket that revealed an insult, according to the Chemung County Sheriff's Office.
The woman proceeded to scratch-off and complete Game 2 located at the bottom of the ticket.
That game lists three separate categories that a purchaser must scratch off and match up the missing letters. The three categories are listed as Person , Place and Thing .
The purchaser, upon revealing the w ...
May 7, 2015, 1:24 pm - Lottery News forum
16 N.Y. biotech workers claim $58M Mega Millions jackpot
A group of 16 workers at a Manhattan biotech company who pooled their cash to buy Mega Millions tickets have claimed a $58 million jackpot from the March 24 drawing.
The ceremonial prize check was presented to the group Thursday at the store where they bought the winning Quick Pick Millions ticket: Carlton Cards in Penn Plaza.
The lucky winners said it took a few hours of checking, double-checking, and triple-checking their tickets before they believed their fantastic fortune.
The 16 in ...
Apr 30, 2015, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum
New York man accused of running lottery con game
A Rochester, New York, man has been accused of running a lottery con game in which three senior citizens were persuaded to send him a total of $138,000 in order to claim their mega-bucks winnings.
The winnings were fictitious but the crime was real, federal prosecutors say: Roydel Nicholson was charged Friday with mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the scheme, which he allegedly ran from his apartment on Van Auker Street.
A criminal complaint unsealed in U.S. Di ...
Apr 25, 2015, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum