Florida store employee arrested for 'micro-scratching' lottery tickets
Includes video report
Authorities say a Florida convenience store clerk was cashing in by cheating, while selling customers worthless lottery tickets.
Lottery officials say he got greedy and tried to cash in too many big winning lottery scratch-off tickets at the Tampa Lottery District Office.
One major red flag was when he tried to claim a $500 winning scratch-off ticket that hadn't even been scratched.
For more than a year, lottery officials believe an employee of a Radiant conveni ...
Jan 6, 2017, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland's love affair with the lottery at an all-time high
If you dream of winning the lottery and want to improve your chances of hitting it big, try your luck at Central City Liquors in Hagerstown, Maryland.
The liquor store at 401 W. Washington St., shelled out the most cash to winners in Washington County, this year and last, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
We aren't able to provide the location where the most winners were sold, but the top cashing retailer in Washington County, for both calendar year 2015 and cal ...
Dec 19, 2016, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
The legendary luck of this Spanish lottery shop keeps El Gordo players coming back
Less than two weeks before Christmas, the line to buy a ticket for Spain's biggest lottery at Do a Manolita, which some consider the country's luckiest ticket vendor, was roughly 100 people long on a chilly Tuesday evening.
Considering the frenzy that builds as the holiday nears, it was a short wait. Would-be players will stand for up to three hours in a line that snakes along back streets and past storefronts, crowding the capital city's holiday-festooned pathways for a chance to win the mor ...
Dec 17, 2016, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Study: N.C. Lottery scammers have cheated state out of $7 million
Lottery scammers have cheated North Carolina out of an estimated $7 million in back taxes and delinquent child support since 2009, a non-partisan arm of the General Assembly said.
At the request of a state legislator, the Fiscal Research Division teamed up with a UNC-Chapel Hill statistician to calculate the loss following an Observer investigation that found dozens of players winning the lottery so often that their luck defies logic.
Highlighted in the Observer's series was a lucrative se ...
Dec 7, 2016, 3:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Mistake lottery ticket wins NJ man $1 million
By Todd Northrop
A New Jersey man has won a multi-state Cash4Life prize worth $1 million because of a lottery ticket that was sold to him accidentally.
New Jersey Lottery officials reported the second-prize winning Cash4Life ticket was sold at Sam's Day Nite Food Store, 1200 River Ave., and matched five numbers but not the Cash Ball in the Dec. 1 drawing. The winning numbers were were 17, 23, 30, 49 and 55. The Cash Ball drawn was 1, according to lottery officials.
The store owners said ...
Dec 7, 2016, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Play at the Pump slow to take off in NC
In January 2015, the North Carolina Education Lottery joined an effort to make convenience stores more convenient for potential lottery players by allowing them to play the lottery digitally while filling up their gas tanks.
Play at the Pump, a cloud-based payment platform, allows people to play Mega Millions, Powerball and Cash 5 without going into the store. With the swipe of a debit card and a $1 transaction fee, players can get their numbers for the next drawing.
Linq3, an Atlanta soft ...
Dec 3, 2016, 9:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery supplier defends role in CT Lottery scandal
Scientific Games, the international gambling-games giant, is defending what appears to be a year-long cascade of glitches and failed oversight that led to an insider hacking scandal and the shutdown of the Connecticut Lottery's popular 5 Card Cash game.
Mollie Cole, director of communications for the Las Vegas-based Scientific Games, says that equipment for the game performed to the Connecticut Lottery Corporation's (CLC) standards.
The hardware and software provided to CLC for the 5 Card ...
Nov 1, 2016, 12:32 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. store clerk buys old workplace after lottery win
Dude... Things would be different if I owned this place.
Any convenience store clerk that has put in time behind the register has probably uttered this empowering phrase under their breath at one point in their career. But one New Jersey worker recently got to breathe life into this fantasy, courtesy of a $1.25 million state lottery win.
Jorge Alejandro a young man working as clerk at Jefry Supermarket on Ocean Avenue in Jersey City won a $1,256,093 prize in the Jersey Cash 5 drawing on ...
Oct 27, 2016, 9:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Man wanted for stealing lottery scratch tickets twice
Police are searching for a man who they believe stole Washington Lottery scratch tickets twice this month.
In the early-morning hours of Oct. 13, a man reached across the counter of the 7-Eleven on Callow Avenue in Bremerton, Washington, and stole tickets.
Bremerton police say a person matching the same description and wearing very similar clothing crawled behind the service desk at the Safeway at 900 N Callow Avenue and stole tickets on Oct. 17.
More than 100 tickets were recently cash ...
Oct 24, 2016, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
Some NC lottery players win so often, their good fortune defies logic
The North Carolina lottery wants you to believe we all have the same chance to win.
But some players are winning so often, and so big, that their good fortune defies logic.
Almost certainly, experts say, some are more than lucky. They are likely gaming the system. And the losers are the state's taxpayers, single parents and those who play by the rules.
An investigation found players who beat staggering odds so consistently that statisticians said chances of being that lucky were less th ...
Oct 1, 2016, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum