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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

N.Y. store clerk busted in Lotto scam
A man who bought a Lotto ticket worth $1 million at a Huntington Station store was almost swindled out of his winnings by the clerk, State Police said. Carlos Canas bought the $1 million Lotto Luck scratch-off ticket at Huntington Beverage, 1687 New York Ave., on June 7 and immediately knew he had won. Wanting to verify his winnings and get information on how to claim the prize, police said Canas handed the ticket to the clerk, Mohinder K. Misri. Misri allegedly scanned the ticket, tore ...
Jun 26, 2006, 1:18 pm - Lottery News forum

Washington Lottery to debut new ticket machines
Washington lottery players can expect new green tickets July 2, the date the state-run gambling enterprise switches to new machines in its retail outlets. The switch comes at a time the state Lottery is struggling to maintain its share of the state's exploding gambling market. But the change is not expected to boost the state's shrinking share of the $1.7 billion that gamblers lose each year in Washington. The change in ticket stock is tied to the installation of new ticket-dispensing mac ...
Jun 19, 2006, 2:06 pm - Lottery News forum

Mass. Lottery licenses regained
The Massachusetts Lottery Commission has reinstated operating licenses for seven of the 11 bars or clubs that were suspended last month after poker slot machines were confiscated May 3 in state police raids. In all, 38 poker video slot machines were seized by state police, along with $10,000 in cash, in the coordinated raids on 15 bars or clubs here, in Springfield and Chicopee. Although no criminal charges have been filed, the Lottery Commission quickly issued the suspensions. Lottery sp ...
Jun 15, 2006, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum

Maryland Lottery machine glitches frustrate players
New system suffers long breakdowns, customers complain A new lottery sales system being installed at thousands of convenience, liquor and grocery stores statewide has experienced breakdowns of up to several hours at a time this week, Maryland Lottery officials said Friday. Store owners and avid players in search of their daily numbers were frustrated and furious. Customers have let store owners hear their displeasure especially those who can't play the popular Keno game. You should s ...
Jun 5, 2006, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum

Employee charged with stealing lottery tickets
An employee of a Bath convenience store allegedly made off with 59 North Carolina Lottery tickets Saturday and cashed in the winnings a day later. Several of the winning stolen tickets were converted to cash and a money order at a convenience store in Washington Sunday. The winnings from the stolen tickets totaled $102. Jamie DeJong Carpenter, 24, of 23 Deerfield Lane, Chocowinity, was charged with one count of larceny by employee and two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses Wed ...
Jun 2, 2006, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum

W.V. Lottery officials target 'coin-pusher' machines
Retailers could lose licenses if they have coin-pusher devices Coin-pusher machines are popping up at limited video lottery businesses in violation of state law, and the West Virginia Lottery is warning operators that it will yank their licenses if they do not get rid of the devices. Coin-pusher machines are touted as skills games by manufacturers and distributors. Players insert coins in the machines in an attempt to push other coins, tokens, jewelry or other prizes off rotating shelves a ...
Jun 2, 2006, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum