Minn. store clerk accused of "micro-scratching" lottery tickets
What began as a complaint from a lottery customer about the loss of $15 led to an undercover operation and eventually the arrest of a store clerk for lottery fraud.
A man told the Minnesota State Lottery he'd bought a scratch ticket at the Casablanca Market in Hopkins. He scratched it and found he'd won $15.
But, when he took the ticket to the Lottery booth at the Minnesota State Fair, he was told the ticket had already been redeemed.
Lottery Security checked the records they had from C ...
Jun 26, 2012, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Lucky store: Sells third $1M lottery ticket
The James Quick Mart on James Reynolds Road in Swansea, Massachusetts, must have a good luck charm stashed under its counter for the third time in the past five years, it sold a $1 million lottery ticket to one of its customers.
Clerk Shiv Patel said he sold the ticket to a man who came back after scratching it to tell him of his good fortune.
That night around 9 o'clock he just stopped by to say, 'I was the one who hit the million dollars and I got the ticket from here,' and I was like, ...
Jun 19, 2012, 4:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Store owner tried to scam woman out of lottery winnings
Louisiana Lottery able to track down real winner
A woman was almost scammed out of her lottery winnings by the convenience store where she bought the ticket, according to Louisiana Lottery officials. But a simple step helped authorities find the rightful winner.
Fong Kwok hasn't had a day off in four years. So when she found out she won $10,000 in the Louisiana Lottery she was ecstatic.
That day I just was so happy, said Kwok, who owns Bamboo Restaurant in New Orleans East. I could not ...
May 20, 2012, 7:23 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery glitch causes many duplicate Quick Pick tickets
Mary Ellen Reiter felt like she got one losing ticket for the price of two after discovering that eight sets of numbers on one Illinois Lottery quick-pick ticket that she bought matched eight sets of numbers on another.
I think that they should make it right, said Reiter, 52, of Evanston, who bought the duplicate tickets Sunday at a convenience store in the northern suburb. The way I figure, I should at least receive back $5 of free quick-picks.
About 3,000 tickets were similarly affecte ...
May 7, 2012, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas woman loses bid for $1M lottery ticket picked from trash
An Arkansas woman who cashed a $1 million lottery ticket may have to give up the winnings to a woman who threw away the ticket after she bought it, according to a judge's ruling Tuesday.
The judge decided that Sharon Duncan was entitled to the prize money, not Sharon Jones, who claimed the prize money after she took the ticket from a trash can of discarded lottery tickets at a convenience store in Beebe, a city about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Jones' attorney, James Simpson, said h ...
May 1, 2012, 10:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Vermont Lottery offers new self-service machines
It's a busy travel day at the Guilford Rest Area, and tourists all seem to have the same reason for stopping.
Probably one of the best rest areas I have ever been to in the country, said Tim Donahue from Lester, Massachusetts.
We enjoy stopping here because it is a beautiful rest stop. Probably one of the most beautiful in the country, said John McGuire from Torrington, Connecticut.
Any time we come up to this area I love this rest stop. It's just beautiful here, said Dave Ranan from ...
Jan 17, 2012, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Convenience stores worried about online lottery plan
Illinois convenience stores are bracing for a financial hit as sales of Illinois lottery tickets are set to go online later this year.
Lottery officials estimate the state will take in $150 million more annually once sales go online, and will attract hundreds of thousands of new players.
But Bill Fleischli, executive vice president of the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores, said those are players who will no longer frequent their corner store.
They're actually going to reduce o ...
Jan 17, 2012, 7:15 am - Lottery News forum
$50M Ontario lottery winners face scrutiny
An Ontario, Canada, couple who won a $50 million Lotto Max jackpot last week said they expected to have trouble collecting their winnings.
Jo Ann and Gaetan Champagne have received a barrage of questions from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission: Did you buy the Lotto Max ticket? How did you come up with the numbers? Where did you get the ticket from?
The Champagnes said they aren't fazed. We know the rules, said Jo Ann.
I remember leaving the convenience store and we both looked ...
Jan 6, 2012, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
$50M Lotto winner a no-show for celebration
It can be hard to tell who is more impacted by a $50 million lottery ticket.
Richard McMullen, the 54-year old Tallahassee resident and jackpot winner, has stayed out of the public eye since the lottery results were announced last week. Florida Lottery officials said he has requested minimal media coverage.
The Circle K where he bought the multi-million-dollar ticket, on the other hand, hasn't stopped buzzing with attention and customers hoping for lightning to strike a second time.
Jan 6, 2012, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Retailer perspective: Selling a $254M lottery ticket
At first, Ranjit Singh didn't recognize the name of the customer who bought the quarter-of-a-billion-dollar-winning Powerball ticket across the counter of his gas station on Nov. 1. But then when he saw the man on television, he remembered. All of the employees of the BP on McGee Avenue in Stamford recognized him. He lived in the condos you could see from the station. He came in almost every workday and bought a cup of coffee on his way to work. Mr. Singh is pretty sure he remembers now, he told ...
Dec 12, 2011, 3:03 pm - Lottery News forum