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Police Looking for Cross-Dressing Lottery Ticket Thief
Police are following the trail of a cross-dressing thief who stole a display case full of lottery tickets from a convenience store in Depew, New York, and was caught in the act on camera. The unusual robbery happened at a Noco station on George Urban Boulevard in Depew. Detectives say a man dressed as a woman walked right up to the counter and walked away with a case full of lottery tickets, $2,000 worth, but what's even more shocking is what happened next. The video shows it clearly. ...
Feb 13, 2007, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum

Woman stole lottery tickets to get better working hours
A convenience store worker allegedly stole at least $800 worth of Pennsylvania Lottery tickets and gave the winning ones to her boss in exchange for better working hours, police said. Marcella Fletcher, 53, of Garfield Street, Nanticoke, faces charges of theft, tampering with records, and making false reports to law enforcement, police said. According to police, Fahim Mirza, owner of the Uni-Mart on Market Street, told police on Jan. 15 that one of his former employees had been stealing fr ...
Feb 9, 2007, 9:15 pm - Lottery News forum

Company proposes new pooling lottery ticket to fight 'jackpot fatigue'
An Arizona company has designed a new lottery ticket concept that would enter the purchaser in a pool with other lottery players, at the same time entering chances that are not part of the pool. The company claims that the increased number of chances to win will combat jackpot fatigue, a sense of dimished player excitement over large jackpots leading to lower ticket sales. The company hopes to attract state lotteries with its promise of higher sales. According to the company's press reles ...
Feb 9, 2007, 7:00 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery revenue important to a host of businesses
If the New York Lottery vanished tomorrow, many store owners would suffer. Their businesses rely on the 6 percent commission they get from lottery sales. I would not be in business without the lottery, said Mike Palencar, who owns two convenience stores in Webster, N.Y. He estimates that lottery commissions amount to just 5 percent of his stores' total profit. But sales commissions aren't the only benefit for the lottery's 16,000 vendors statewide. People coming to the stores to buy lott ...
Jan 30, 2007, 10:36 pm - Lottery News forum

Oregon Lottery trying to shut down 'casino delis'
Across Oregon, delis that seem to specialize in lottery more than lunch pose a dilemma. The businesses generate profits to the owners and the Oregon Lottery, supplying an increasingly vital portion of the state general-fund budget. But critics say these establishments cause more social ills and violate a state constitutional prohibition of lottery casinos. These are casinos doing business under the guise of being a restaurant, a tavern, said David Leslie, executive director of Ecumenica ...
Jan 26, 2007, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum

Stolen lottery tickets lead to bathroom standoff
A robbery involving Texas Lottery tickets led to a standoff in a public bathroom Tuesday morning in northwest Harris County near Houston. Sheriff's deputies said a group of armed gunmen stole lottery tickets from a convenience store early Tuesday. Several hours later, a man returned to the store and tried to cash one of those stolen tickets. Employees told deputies they called for help when the man went to the restroom. The man was still there when deputies arrived, and employees and ...
Jan 10, 2007, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum

Investigation to probe who wins B.C. Lottery prizes
Follows similar investigations of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Atlantic Lottery Corporation The British Columbia Lottery Corporation is welcoming an investigation by the provincial ombudsman into the number of insider wins and ticket-selling practices. Trust is paramount, lottery corporation spokesman Paul Smith said. We think this is a good opportunity for third-party reassurance to the public. B.C. Ombudsman Kim Carter announced the investigation yesterday, saying t ...
Dec 20, 2006, 12:16 pm - Lottery News forum

Canada lottery retailers win major prizes more than public
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) said this morning it's not worried that ticket retailers win prizes of more than $10,000 six times more often than the rest of the players. There have been four confirmed cases of retailer misconduct over the last two years, with three involving ticket sellers misleading ticket holders about how much or whether they had won. Some ticket buyers say they have considered that possibility before. One man says if the lottery retailer has the ...
Dec 14, 2006, 2:39 pm - Lottery News forum

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