Retailers luckier than expected, Atlantic Lotto says
Could massive theft and/or deception by retailers be the reason?
Lottery ticket sellers won 10 times more often than statistically they should have over the last six years, the Atlantic Lottery Corp. said Wednesday.
So far, the review hasn't shown any wrongdoing by retailers in the four Atlantic provinces, an official said.
Can I statistically explain why retailers are winning 10 times more? No, I can't, and I'm not going to sit here and speculate as to why, said Mike Randall, a corp ...
Mar 16, 2007, 11:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Atlantic Lottery retailers win 10 times more often than customers
Canadian store owners are collecting major lottery wins ten times as often as they should, according to the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.
Information sent out to media Wednesday showed retailers in the Atlantic Provinces had collected 37 wins worth $25,000 or more in the period from Jan. 1, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2006. Analysis from Universite de Moncton statistician Jacques Allard said the 2688 retail owners, who do play lottery at 1.76 times the rate of the average person, should have been expect ...
Mar 15, 2007, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
Change in Penn. Lottery scratch tickets removes shortcut
A change in the format of Pennsylvania Lottery scratch-off tickets to prevent fraud means that some lottery players could be mistakenly tossing away winning tickets, retailers said.
Since January, instant tickets have been printed with a new kind of security coding for retailers to verify that a winning ticket is valid.
Previously, a row of letters and numbers at the top or bottom of a ticket indicated the prize won. For example, a row interspersed with (5) and (0) meant the ticket was a $ ...
Mar 12, 2007, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
S.C woman facing 3 charges of lottery fraud
A South Carolina convenience store employee turned herself in to police Monday on allegations she stole dozens of scratch-off lottery tickets from work last month and then cashed in the winners, officials said.
Tashawn I. Ealey, 23, of the 300 block of Jehossee Drive in Aiken, is charged with three counts of lottery fraud.
Detective Billy Royster, Aiken Public Safety, said the subject stole the tickets, each valued at $10, and then collected the money for the winners.
The store, howe ...
Mar 6, 2007, 7:19 am - Lottery News forum
After alleged lottery ticket theft, store banned from ticket sales
An Ohio convenience store is banned from selling lottery tickets for a month, after the owner and an employee stole part of a Warren woman's jackpot, according to police reports.
Rita Astolfi's claim that she won big on the Cash Spectacular scratch-off, but walked away with only a portion of her prize, landed the owner of the West Market Street store and one of his employees in court. They are accused of stealing $400 of a $1,000 payoff from the 30-year-old Ward Street N.W. woman before event ...
Feb 28, 2007, 12:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Ct. lottery ticket worth $3.5 million expires
Officials Reject 200 Lost Ticket Claims
The dream of becoming a millionaire could be turning into someone's nightmare.
Connecticut lottery officials said no one has produced the winning ticket for a $3.5 million jackpot in the Feb. 14, 2006, drawing.
The winning ticket expired and is worthless, lottery officials said.
However, officials said if someone mailed it in and it was postmarked before the deadline, it would be honored.
Lottery officials and the Division of Special Reve ...
Feb 22, 2007, 5:46 pm - Lottery News forum
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