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Three pharmacy employees charged in lottery theft scheme
When Police Chief Brennan Baird examined a video obtained off a hidden surveillance camera in the Rite Aid store of Danielsville, Georgia, the chief reported he was astounded at what he observed. A store employee was suspected of stealing money to purchase Georgia lottery tickets inside the store and the video showed a behavior of constant thefts, according to the report. Store officials suspected her of taking money on hundreds of occasions. The suspect would literally remove money from ...
Sep 15, 2016, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum

Raised hackles and shears over a lottery card mix-up
The old man shuffled along West 10th Street on Thursday toward the police station in Manhattan. He has lived next door for decades. He had a question. He paused before the decorative iron fence marked 6th PCT, and the plaque naming its donors: The Camacho Family. That was his extended family, with whom the man, Jose Cardoso, has lived on the block since the 1950s. He entered the police precinct house, walking past uniformed officers, sticking his head into a detective's office and shouting ...
Sep 12, 2016, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum

N.H. supermarket donates lottery commission to charity
A New Hampshire grocery store that sold a mammoth winning Powerball ticket announced Tuesday that it is donating its commission to local charities that work with children or hunger. A ticket that won a jackpot of $487 million was sold at the Hannaford Supermarket in Raymond, N.H., in late July, Hannaford said in a statement. A month later, the winner of New Hampshire's all time largest Powerball jackpot has yet to claim the prize. The supermarket was due a $75,000 commission because of the ...
Sep 1, 2016, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum

Trio charged in lottery ticket theft plead not guilty
By Todd Northrop An Iowa woman, her boyfriend, and her mother have all plead not guilty to charges of stealing a winning scratch lottery ticket and working together to attempt to claim the prize. (See 3 charged in theft of $250,000 lottery ticket, Lottery Post, Aug. 5, 2016.) The boyfriend, Johnny Long Jr., Monday entered his written plea in Buena Vista County District Court to theft of a lottery ticket or share. The Sioux Rapids, Iowa, resident is 26 years old. His trial is set for Sep ...
Aug 16, 2016, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum

New Mexico's gas pump lottery sales face legal hurdle
The Play at the Pump pilot program is facing a legal test regarding how New Mexico customers purchase their Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets. As Lottery Post reported last week, consumers can now purchase New Mexico lottery tickets at some gas pumps without having to enter a store. However, the New Mexico House and Ways Committee subsequently objected that state law allows for the purchase of lottery tickets by only cash and checks, not debit cards as used at the pump, and attempts ...
Aug 9, 2016, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum

New Mexico lottery players now able to buy tickets at gas pumps
A state lawmaker is concerned over a new program that allows people to purchase lottery tickets at gasoline pumps in New Mexico. The new program started a couple weeks ago despite a state statute requiring all lottery tickets be purchased only with cash or check and not with credit cards. It prints it out right there nice. I guess it'll save me a lot of time, a lottery player said Tuesday. Another Las Cruces resident is concerned: They need to have some sort of legislation to stop peop ...
Aug 4, 2016, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum

Connecticut men charged with rigging machines in lottery scheme
Investigators uncover more than 20 retailers suspected of cheating State authorities continue to investigate the rigging of a Connecticut Lottery game they say increased the number of winning tickets and the payout to retailers. One store, operated by two Wallingford men charged earlier this year, took in over $200,000 in additional prize payouts due to the scheme, authorities say. Rahul Gandhi and Prakunj Patel, both of 37 Jobs Road, Wallingford, were arrested in March by the state Dep ...
Jul 13, 2016, 7:03 pm - Lottery News forum

Thieves target scratch-off lottery tickets in 'snatch-and-grab'
Includes video report Throughout the Baltimore region police are looking for a man and a woman who have teamed up to steal hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth in Maryland Lottery tickets from area convenience stores. It happened again recently at a 7-Eleven on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn. The male theft suspect opens the door for his female accomplice and a customer before going into action action captured by the store's multiple security cameras. Our own system has 16 cameras i ...
Jun 24, 2016, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum

In South Dakota you can now smoke and play video lottery
South Dakota video lottery terminals can be placed in vented smoke shacks that some bar owners have built onto their establishments, according to several state administration officials. An administrative policy now being followed by the South Dakota Lottery allows smoking at a video lottery establishment if it occurs in a non-enclosed area. South Dakota voters ratified a state law in 2010 that banned smoking in public places, including bars, restaurants and gambling establishments. But ...
Jun 7, 2016, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum

Iowa Lottery hopes to upgrade vending machines by end of September
The Iowa Lottery is going to work after the governor signed a bill Friday to allow them to upgrade their vending machines to modern technology. Lottery spokesperson Mary Neubauer, says they want to have something in place once the maintenance contract on the current machines expires. That contract expires September 30th, so we have a lot of work to do between now and then. But the plan is to get at least some new equipment into the field by September 30th and hopefully it would all be out the ...
Apr 4, 2016, 6:30 pm - Lottery News forum

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