Cops bust long-running illegal Philly 'street lottery'
The locations were nondescript: unmarked buildings in impoverished Philadelphia neighborhoods, sometimes containing little more than a table, some folding chairs, and a coffee pot.
But behind the unremarkable facades, prosecutors alleged Friday, was an extensive and intricate network of illegal street lotteries, 40 places where people could place small-change bets with the profits allegedly helping the ring's boss, Gary Creagh, buy luxury cars and lavish apartments from New York City to Las V ...
Oct 20, 2017, 9:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Retired N.J. police chief scammed 95-year-old victim out of $29K
Former cop was himself scammed and trying to get his money back by joining scammers
A retired New Jersey police chief pleaded no contest this morning to charges that he participated in a scam that cost a 95-year-old Northampton Township, Pennsylvania, man almost $29,000.
Robert Ryan, 71, of Factoryville, PA, told Bucks County President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley that he, too, had lost $30,000 to a Jamaica-based lottery hoax and that his crimes were an attempt to recover his losses.
He see ...
Sep 12, 2017, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. seniors worry expanded gambling will hurt lottery proceeds
A bill passed in the Pennsylvania House would allow casino-style gambling in airports, veterans halls, and truck stops.
Now, seniors are worried if it were to become law, that less lottery money would fund programs for the elderly. They are not the only ones who are concerned.
There are 18,000 people in the state who are employed by casinos like Mohegan Sun in Plains Township. Opponents of the bill say those jobs could be cut if it were to become law.
The bill to make electronic games o ...
Jun 22, 2017, 7:55 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania eyes leap to internet for casinos, lottery
Facing huge deficits, Pennsylvania could become the first state to allow both its casinos and lottery to take its games online in a quest for money from new and younger players.
The state government has a slew of fiscal challenges, made worse by sluggish tax collections and one of the nation's oldest average populations.
A Republican-controlled Legislature trying to avoid a broad tax increase under Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has instead turned over other rocks in search of alternatives. Ther ...
Apr 24, 2017, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery observes 45th anniversary of first ticket sales
The Pennsylvania Lottery Tuesday marked the 45th anniversary of its very first game, which went on sale March 7, 1972. Since then, the Lottery has paid nearly $45 billion in prizes and generated approximately $27 billion to benefit older Pennsylvanians.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is proud of the role it has played in helping older Pennsylvanians to lead healthier lives over the past four and a half decades, said Executive Director Drew Svitko. Without the support of Lottery players, none of th ...
Mar 8, 2017, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery launches new Fast Play Games
The Pennsylvania Lottery today launched Fast Play, a new type of games offering players the chance to win prizes without scratching the ticket or waiting for a drawing.
Fast Play launch is a milestone in the evolution of the Pennsylvania Lottery, said Executive Director Drew Svitko, noting that this is the Lottery's first entirely new game category introduced since scratch-off tickets premiered in 1975. The first draw game went on sale in March of 1972.
Fast Play games print on-demand fro ...
Feb 28, 2017, 12:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. couple claimed $121.6 million Powerball jackpot on ticket purchased in Delaware
A Pennsylvania couple are winners of $121.6 million on a Powerball ticket purchased in Delaware in December.
Lottery officials did not disclose exactly where in the state the couple reside and said they wish to remain anonymous.
They matched all five white balls plus the red Powerball in the December 17 drawing, lottery officials said. The winning ticket was purchased in Selbyville, about 25 miles south of Rehoboth Beach.
The couple selected the $72.1 million cash option and collected ...
Feb 16, 2017, 1:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Older Pennsylvanians lose from lawmakers' raid on lottery fund
Includes video report
Pennsylvania is now six years into the glut of baby boomers aging into their senior years and it's taking a toll on the Pennsylvania Lottery, which pays for the programs that serve them.
Unless some changes happen and/or lottery ticket sales rise dramatically, the budget office projects the lottery fund that pays for senior programs could come up more than $70 million short in the next fiscal year and the situation worsens in ensuing years.
We've been hit by the t ...
Jan 13, 2017, 7:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Philadelphia woman facing 53 charges for threatening PA Lottery
A woman who repeatedly aired her frustration at failing to win a jackpot by making obscene and violent threats against Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters faces 53 charges, police said Wednesday.
Towanda Shields, 47, made dozens of calls over the past eight months to the agency's offices outside Harrisburg, police in Lower Swatara Township said.
From the calls and stuff I've listened to, she's basically completely obsessed with the lottery and the fact that she doesn't win upsets her very m ...
Jan 4, 2017, 8:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket worth $1,000 dropped in Salvation Army kettle
The winning Pennsylvania Lottery ticket, worth $1,000, was slipped into the Salvation Army red kettle, tucked inside a wad of $1 bills.
No one knew it at the time.
The anonymous donation, made Dec. 6 outside the Walmart in Harborcreek Township, 5741 Buffalo Road, had the appearance of any other donation.
But the timing of the generous gift could not have been better for the Erie County Salvation Army, as the agency's kettle drive continues to struggle once again through a holiday season ...
Dec 14, 2016, 12:07 pm - Lottery News forum