Three NY store clerks held in theft of $75,000 lottery ticket
He was a Guatemalan immigrant who spoke little English and had a fondness for scratch-off lottery tickets; they were two clerks at a Long Island gas station who saw an opportunity.
When the clerks scanned Marvin Choy Nij's Take 5 lottery ticket and gave him $774, congratulating him on his windfall, he never suspected the real worth of his lucky ticket: $74,892, which the clerks, Yalcin Nergiz, 41, and Yunis Ozturk, 33, promptly cashed in for themselves, the Suffolk County district attorney, T ...
May 8, 2013, 10:33 pm - Lottery News forum
NY brothers' $5 million lottery theft trial enters second day
The trial of two brothers accused of trying to claim $5 million in winnings off a stolen lottery ticket started Monday at 1:00 pm in Onondaga County Court, in Syracuse, New York.
(See Non-jury trial expected next week for lottery-thieving brothers, Lottery Post, Apr. 19, 2013.)
Andy Ashkar, 34, is accused of stealing a winning ticket from customer Robert Miles at The Green Ale Market on East Fayette Street in Syracuse on Oct. 27, 2006. Prosecutors say Ashkar told Miles the Extravaganza tic ...
Apr 23, 2013, 4:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge throws out some charges against lottery-thieving brothers
An Onondaga County Court judge who dismissed attempted grand larceny charges against two brothers accused of stealing a winning $5 million lottery ticket in 2006 ruled the crime was beyond the statute of limitations.
Judge Joseph Fahey upheld other charges brought against Andy Ashkar, 34, and Nayel Ashkar, 36, who are accused of taking a scratch-off lottery ticket from a customer at their father's convenience store on Oct. 27, 2006.
Prosecutors contended that because the brothers waited to ...
Apr 16, 2013, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum
UK shopkeeper guilty of lottery fraud
A shopkeeper from Gravesend, a town in northwest Kent, England, has been found guilty of trying to con a lottery syndicate [pool] out of nearly 80,000 (US$120,000) in winnings.
Imran Pervais, 26, misled the winning group into thinking they had won 10 when in fact they had scooped 79,887 after matching five balls and the bonus ball.
He was convicted by a jury at Maidstone crown court of fraud by false representation following a two-day trial and he will be sentenced at a later date.
Apr 4, 2013, 5:02 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery making strides to increase prizes
Oklahoma lottery officials voted Tuesday to reduce the amount of money paid to nearly 2,000 retailers that sell lottery tickets to increase prizes in almost a last resort to boost sales.
The Lottery Commission has reduced its operating costs to less than 2.5 percent of its $192 million in revenue by reducing office space and cutting the number of staff from 40 to 26, said Rollo Redburn, the agency's executive director.
Operating expenses were cut from $9.7 million in 2008 to $4.8 million t ...
Mar 20, 2013, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
Maine lottery scratch tickets may get new controversial name
The Maine State Lottery may soon give a name to its scratch tickets for the first time, but the name isn't sitting well with everyone.
A few weeks ago, the Maine State Lottery sent a pamphlet out to its 1,300 retailers, saying it plans to name the tickets Kwikies.
I thought that's going to be real uncomfortable for my girls behind the register to have guys come in and say 'Hey, give me a Kwikie,' said David Welch, owner of Village Market in Fairfield.
In slang terms, a quickie is a sh ...
Mar 18, 2013, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum
Winning $217M Powerball ticket sold in Virginia
By Todd Northrop
Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in the Richmond, Va. airport for Wednesday night's drawing will wake up a multimillionaire.
The Virginia Lottery said the ticket sold for Wednesday's $217 million drawing matched all five numbers plus the Powerball.
The winning numbers were 5, 27, 36, 38, and 41, with Powerball number 12.
In addition to the jackpot winner, 7 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Arizona, 1 from Connecticut, 1 fr ...
Feb 8, 2013, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. store clerk charged in lottery scam
Police arrested a convenience store clerk Thursday after she allegedly told a customer his ticket wasn't a winner, then cashed the $50 winning ticket after the man left the store.
Kathleen Patricia McClusky, 19, of Clayton, was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses. She was working as a clerk at the Kangaroo Station on U.S. 70 in Clayton.
She was taken to the Johnston County jail under $15,000 bond.
The incident occurred Dec. 23 when Luis Flores-Bautista of Clayton gave McC ...
Dec 31, 2012, 2:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Cashier's mistake makes N.H. family lottery winners
A Hillsborough family is the newest New Hampshire Tri-State Megabucks winner, and it was all because of a mistake.
Hillsborough resident Scott Bennett wanted to buy tickets to two games on Wednesday, but the clerk made an error.
He went up to the register and said he'd like a Lucky For Life ticket and a Tri-State Megabucks Plus ticket, said Maura McCann, New Hampshire Lottery director of marketing.
Bennett was buying the tickets at a Hillsborough Circle K.
The clerk sold him two Tr ...
Dec 24, 2012, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Trial begins for man linked to double-murder by lottery tickets
A Chicago man accused of fatally shooting a cashier and customer inside a Southwest Side convenience store in 2005 almost got away with it, but a trail that started with lottery tickets he'd purchased moments before the killings ultimately led police to him, prosecutors said Tuesday as the man's double-murder trial got underway.
Timothy Fountain, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the August 2005 shooting deaths of clerk Graciela Rodriguez, 37, and Nicholas Guerrero, ...
Oct 24, 2012, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum