N.C. lottery retailers caught selling to minors
Fourteen Western North Carolina lottery retailers were cited for selling tickets to minors in the state's first test of the underage law, according to state Alcohol Law Enforcement Division records.
A two-month investigation done in August and September randomly checked 348 retailers statewide. Of those, teenagers were successful 98 times in buying $1 scratch-off tickets.
Thirty-eight of those stores are in Charlotte, 33 in Raleigh, 13 in Greensboro and eight in Greenville.
The state's ...
Nov 27, 2006, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Man who stole winning lottery ticket gets 5 years
A judge on Friday sentenced Sam Grair to five years and four months in prison for stealing a lottery ticket worth $524,000 at the store where he worked.
Grair, 43, pleaded guilty in September to grand theft and presenting a fraudulent claim to a government agency.
Prosecutor Howard Wise said the message is this: It is a deterrent to any store clerk that is in a position of trust so they won't do the same thing.
Wise said Grair, of Camarillo, had no prior criminal history.
In cour ...
Nov 18, 2006, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery ticket agent guilty in fraud case
Agent lied to customer about a winning ticket
A Sylva, North Carolina, woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Jackson County Superior Court in connection with lottery fraud.
Jodi Gibson, 23, was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses and sentenced to a minimum of six months and a maximum of eight months in prison.
This is the first incident of its kind since the lottery's inception in March. Other attempts at fraud usually involved people trying to fool the system, ...
Nov 15, 2006, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
Atlantic Lotto checking fraud complaints
Atlantic Lottery Corporation is investigating several complaints from customers who are worried they may have been defrauded of lottery winnings by retailers.
The customers are concerned they might have won big prizes, but weren't told by the retailers checking the tickets, who then went on to claim the prizes as their own. Atlantic Lotto said it received the complaints in the days following reports on the CBC about similar incidents in Ontario and the United States.
We did get a lot of c ...
Nov 14, 2006, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario lottery players advised to be cautious
It's not just about whether you win or lose, but how you play the game, especially when that game is the lottery.
People buying tickets for Wednesday night's $36 million Lotto 649 draw the fourth largest Canadian jackpot in the lottery's history have been advised to take precautions to avoid being cheated in the wake of reports that retailers may be lying about whether tickets are winners or not.
The scandal arose several weeks ago when it was alleged that too many ticket sellers were ...
Nov 9, 2006, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum
N.C lottery retailers caught selling tickets to minors
In August and September, teenagers working for North Carolina state law enforcement officers walked into more than 300 places where North Carolina lottery tickets are sold.
They had been given strict and careful instructions. Try to buy a ticket. Carry your real ID. If asked about your age, don't lie.
At 91 stores more than 28 percent of the locations checked clerks sold them tickets, even though it is against the law to sell one to a person younger than 18.
Such violations were fou ...
Nov 7, 2006, 1:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Ontario lottery to be investigated
The Ontario Ombudsman will investigate allegations about insiders winning a disproportionate number of lotteries to restore public trust in the province's lottery corporation.
Andr Marin said yesterday that allegations that more than 200 ticket retailers or clerks have won prizes of more than $50,000 in the past seven years have cast a large shadow over the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. and brought into question its actions.
He said he had received few complaints from lottery-tic ...
Oct 27, 2006, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum
Convenience Store Employee Accused Of Altering Lottery Tickets
A northern Kentucky woman has been indicted for allegedly altering lottery tickets.
Catlettsburg convenience store employee Barbara Steele of Ashland was indicted by a Boyd County grand jury last week. Steele, 26, faces one count of lottery fraud, a crime punishable by five to 10 years in prison.
The indictment accuses Steele of altering stolen state lottery tickets at the Fast Lane store in Catlettsburg with the intent to defraud. Commonwealths Attorney J. Stewart Schneider says Steele ...
Sep 12, 2006, 7:04 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. store clerk accused of stealing woman's winning lottery ticket
Tammy Church thought her first-ever scratch-off ticket was a winner. The store clerk told her otherwise.
Now, he's charged with a felony for stealing Church's winning lottery ticket. Josh Wesley Price, 32, of Lenoir, is charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Police are looking into other possible scams involving Price and other winning tickets.
Church bought the scratch-off ticket at Wilco Hess on Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir on Aug. 1, said Lenoir Police Lt. Brent Phe ...
Aug 11, 2006, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Five N.C. stores stop selling lottery tickets
Across North Carolina, a total of 132 stores have discontinued lottery ticket sales because they say it's just not worth the effort.
In Johnston County, five businesses two Smithfield stores, as well as stores in Selma, Clayton, and Benson have stopped selling the tickets. The owners say it is simply a matter of customer service and not enough profit for retailers.
Unlike some other states, North Carolina's lottery does not pay a bonus to stores that sell winning tickets.
Even wit ...
Jul 28, 2006, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum