Pennsylvania store manager accused in lottery thefts
The ex-store manager of a Bangor, Pennsylvania, area gas station pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she stole instant lottery tickets that cost the station a little more than $74,000 over three years.
While Tolino Fuel Service officials said Michelle Ann Zucal, 39, of Bangor had admitted to stealing lottery tickets, defense attorney Gregory Paglianite tried to raise questions as to how they know Zucal was responsible for the store's entire loss.
During sometimes heated exchanges wit ...
Apr 6, 2010, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery loses big on 7-7-7-7 win
Talk about your lucky sevens.
Wednesday night, all sevens came up in Pennsylvania Lottery's Big 4 drawing, resulting in a whopping $7.77 million payout to 3,107 winning tickets.
In an added twist, the news came Thursday when the Super 7 jackpot was $7.3 million and Cash 5's top prize was $770,000.
The Big 4 payout was a staggering 1,573 percent of sales revenue, according to lottery spokeswoman Kirstin Alvanitakis. In other words: The lottery has to dish out about $7.2 million more than ...
Apr 2, 2010, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
States go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget
Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options anything to keep their cut of the profits rolling in.
States are adamant that they don't want to take advantage of anyone, but with budgets in free-fall and tax increases a losing hand politically, lawmakers acknowledge they are dependent on gambling dollars.
At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games of chance because of a drop-off of anywhere from 5 to 14 p ...
Mar 15, 2010, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Casino table games are coming to Pennsylvania
It's a done deal at last. Table games are coming to Pennsylvania by the end of the year.
By a vote of 103-89, legislation to legalize poker, blackjack, roulette, and other table games received long-awaited final approval last night in the state House. Gov. Rendell plans to sign the bill today.
The gambling expansion, coming as the commonwealth struggles to pull itself out of the recession, is projected to create thousands of jobs and pump $250 million into the state's revenue-starved coffe ...
Jan 8, 2010, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery's raffle makes 4 millionaires
The Pennsylvania Lottery's latest raffle-style game, Millionaire Raffle, was drawn Saturday, and made four instant millionaires.
The winning numbers can be found at Lottery Post's Pennsylvania Lottery Results page (http://www.lotterypost.com/results/pa)
Millionaire Raffle is a raffle game offered by the Pennsylvania Lottery, with only 500,000 of the $20 tickets available for purchase.
Each of the game's $20 tickets offers a 1-in-125,000 chance of winning $1 million. There was one drawin ...
Jan 2, 2010, 8:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. clerk stole $48K in lottery tickets
A woman faces a preliminary hearing on charges she stole $48,000 worth of instant-win Pennsylvania lottery tickets from the convenience store where she worked.
Online court records do not list an attorney for 39-year-old Diane Justi, of Freedom.
Police in Conway say Justi stole the tickets while working at the Conway Superette between April and September.
Police say one of the store's owners alerted them to the thefts. Police say store surveillance tapes clearly showed Justi stealing th ...
Nov 17, 2009, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Frequent lottery wins by retailers investigated
In this 2-part video report, MSNBC revealed the findings of their investigation, in which the most frequent lottery winners were almost always retailers.
To view the report, please click on Part 1 of the report below. When Part 1 has finished playing, continue by clicking Part 2 of the report.
Oct 2, 2009, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
All four PA Lottery raffle jackpots claimed
All four of the $1 million top-prize winners from the Pennsylvania Lottery's July 4 Millionaire Raffle drawing have claimed their prizes.
The fourth and final winner to claim her prize, Louise Whitmire of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, presented her $1 million winning ticket at the same location where it was purchased, Latrobe Center Distributing, Inc., 1032 Latrobe Thirty Plaza St., Latrobe, Westmoreland County. The ticket was validated at Lottery headquarters in Middletown last week.
Aug 4, 2009, 8:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery's raffle makes 4 millionaires
The Pennsylvania Lottery's latest raffle-style game, Millionaire Raffle, was drawn Saturday, July 4th, and made four instant millionaires.
The winning numbers can be found at Lottery Post's Pennsylvania Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/pa).
Millionaire Raffle is a raffle game offered by the Pennsylvania Lottery, with a limited number of $20 tickets.
With only 500,000 tickets sold for the raffle, Millionaire Raffle offers the best odds for a single ticket to win $1 milli ...
Jul 5, 2009, 1:01 am - Lottery News forum
$200,000 Powerball prize awarded on day lottery ticket was set to expire
Mother urged winner to check tickets, having heard news of upcoming expiration
William H. Greer of Philadelphia is the winner of a $200,000 Powerball prize that was set to expire at 4:30 p.m. today.
At Choi's Food and Beer, 3987 Ford Rd, in the Wynnefield section of the city, they knew the ticket sold there that matched all five white numbers (but not the red Powerball number) from last year's June 18th drawing was still out there somewhere.
My mother saw the news about the unclaimed t ...
Jun 18, 2009, 10:30 pm - Lottery News forum