Mom, son admit they plotted to kill man over his winning lottery ticket
A New York man and his 49-year-old mother have pleaded guilty in the slaying of a man who was killed over a winning scratch-off lottery ticket.
The Monroe County District Attorney's Office says 29-year-old James McCracken, of Rochester, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the slaying of 66-year-old Robert Pinckney. McCracken's mother, Jacqueline Staples, pleaded guilty to a robbery charge.
Prosecutors say Staples was with Pinckney at his residence in September 2015 when she be ...
Jan 10, 2017, 9:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida store employee arrested for 'micro-scratching' lottery tickets
Includes video report
Authorities say a Florida convenience store clerk was cashing in by cheating, while selling customers worthless lottery tickets.
Lottery officials say he got greedy and tried to cash in too many big winning lottery scratch-off tickets at the Tampa Lottery District Office.
One major red flag was when he tried to claim a $500 winning scratch-off ticket that hadn't even been scratched.
For more than a year, lottery officials believe an employee of a Radiant conveni ...
Jan 6, 2017, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
19-year-old Massachusetts man hits lifetime lottery jackpot
What could be better than getting an Xbox or a new car for Christmas? For one 19-year-old Barre, Massachusetts, resident, the answer is a gift that will keep on giving.
Zachary Pearson became the ninth grand prize winner in the Massachusetts State Lottery's $1,000 a Week for Life instant game after he received lottery tickets for Christmas and used the winnings to purchase more, including the grand prize winner, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery.
The winning lottery ticket was p ...
Jan 3, 2017, 9:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner recalls moment he became a millionaire
A pizza twirler from Greece by way of Long Island, New York, got the birthday wish of his dreams a $1 million winning lottery ticket.
Dimitrios Hatzisotiriou treated himself to some scratch-off tickets on his 73rd birthday while he was waiting, ironically, for the bank to open.
I was on my way to the bank to pay some bills, but it was closed, Hatzisotiriou said. I went to my friend's liquor store a few storefronts down and played some tickets while I waited for the bank to open.
Jan 2, 2017, 9:52 am - Lottery News forum
Anonymous donor gives church $100k winning lottery ticket
You could call it a Christmas miracle. Somebody won a $100,000 lottery ticket and instead of cashing it in themselves, they handed it over to a church for a higher use.
A donor gave the lottery winnings to Saint Anthony' Shrine, the same church that was robbed earlier in December. The money will go toward feeding and providing community outreach services to the less fortunate and homeless, Father Thomas Conway said.
He's really really touched people and inspired them and made them feel be ...
Dec 21, 2016, 4:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket worth $1,000 dropped in Salvation Army kettle
The winning Pennsylvania Lottery ticket, worth $1,000, was slipped into the Salvation Army red kettle, tucked inside a wad of $1 bills.
No one knew it at the time.
The anonymous donation, made Dec. 6 outside the Walmart in Harborcreek Township, 5741 Buffalo Road, had the appearance of any other donation.
But the timing of the generous gift could not have been better for the Erie County Salvation Army, as the agency's kettle drive continues to struggle once again through a holiday season ...
Dec 14, 2016, 12:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois lawmakers call for investigation into lottery
State lawmakers from both political parties are calling for an investigation of how the Illinois Lottery managed scratch-off games in response to a report showing the lottery didn't award many of the biggest prizes in the biggest games.
I just don't think we should promise people things we don't deliver, said state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie. And if we say we have a game that's going to pay X and it doesn't pay X, then we've lied to the people who bought the tickets.
Lang was joined by stat ...
Dec 13, 2016, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Investigation: Illinois Lottery didn't award 40% of scratch-off grand prizes
It was called The Good Life and offered the biggest grand prize of any instant game the Illinois Lottery had ever produced.
Two lucky winners could scratch their way to $46 million each, paid in periodic installments. At $30, tickets weren't cheap, but millions were sold. Then the game ended before the lottery sold most of the tickets that were printed, with neither top prize awarded.
The same thing happened with another instant game, called Birthday Surprise. Two large grand prizes offere ...
Dec 9, 2016, 1:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Custodian wins $2M scratch-off lottery ticket
Includes video report
A high school janitor won 2 million dollars from a scratch-off ticket bought in Gurnee, Illinois.
Dave Martinez stopped at a local gas station Nov. 19 where he bought the winning lottery ticket.
I started scratching off on the dining room table and thought it was just a hundred thousand at first and then I looked at it again and it said a hundred thousand times twenty and was just mind-boggling, Martinez said.
I was jumping up and down and my wife was still ha ...
Dec 8, 2016, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
Girl spots discarded winning lottery scratcher, donates winnings to Thanksgiving food drive
In this season of giving thanks, one student from Missouri shows what generosity is all about.
When one young lady from Independence, Missouri, found a financial windfall, she gave it to others in need, overlooking her own needs.
Phoebe Brown, 7, says she knew exactly what she'd found, and how best to use it. The second grade student from Sycamore Hills Elementary School in Independence was shopping with her mother at the Hy-Vee store on U.S. Highway 40 at Noland Road on November 9th, when ...
Nov 23, 2016, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum