California gas station manager allegedly kept winning lottery scratchers
The former manager of a San Bruno gas station has been charged with cheating people who purchased California lottery scratchers after he figured out a way to secretly check which tickets were winners.
He would then sell the losing tickets to gas station patrons.
Most people who bought the scratcher tickets probably never noticed something was odd, but one customer did notice her ticket had been tampered with.
At the bottom of the ticket there were markings as though someone had scratche ...
Jan 13, 2015, 8:45 pm - Lottery News forum
N.M. man told $500k winning lottery ticket a 'misprint'
A New Mexico man thought he won big bucks on a lottery scratcher only to find out it was a misprint.
In December, John Wines bought a scratch-off lottery ticket at the Shell gas station in Roswell, New Mexico.
The winning numbers were 1 and 2.
As John started scratching, he came across not 1,2,3 or 4 but 5 winning numbers, totaling over $500,000.
If you look closely at the ticket, you can see part of a number that's supposed to be next to the 1's, but it's very faint and you can't te ...
Jan 5, 2015, 1:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman almost gave away her $1.3M lottery ticket
Ligia Dennis got the type of surprise most of us can only dream about: she won the lottery.
Dennis purchased the ticket from a coffee shop while doing her laundry. She bought three $6 California Lucky Life Scratchers. However, this lucky moment might not have ever come for her. She decided to give two of the lottery tickets to her mother and brother, and she nearly gave her winning ticket away to a homeless man looking for change.
Dennis was overjoyed we she found out that she had won the ...
Jan 3, 2015, 1:11 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. man wins $4M lottery, joins friend in 'the millionaires' club'
A lumber yard supervisor from Rutherfordton, North Carolina, is the first player in the state to win $4 million instantly playing the $200 Million Blowout game.
With his win, Henry Smith became the third Rutherford County player to scratch off a seven-figure lottery prize.
Rodger Keith Melton, of Spindale, won $2.6 million in 2013. Dan Royal, of Forest City, won $5.2 million in 2013 and happens to be a friend of Smith's, according to a news release from the North Carolina Lottery Education ...
Dec 16, 2014, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum
101-year-old wins $50,000 Arizona Lottery prize
Christmas came a few weeks early for 101-year-old Lily Camacho, who lives in the central Arizona mining town of Kearny. On Tuesday, she won the grand prize of $50,000 in the Arizona Lottery's Money Tree game.
That's probably a good thing because she has 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Fortunately, she also has a 78-year-old son who buys her the occasional scratch-off ticket.
Not that any of them ever paid off u ...
Dec 16, 2014, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery winner outed as sexual predator
At the Florida Lottery headquarters, Timothy Poole, 43, posed for a photo with an oversized check after claiming his $3 million Scratch-Off prize. But when the image hit the Internet, others recognized the 450-pound man as a registered sexual predator.
In 2001, The Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested Poole on charges of sexual battery on a 9-year-old boy, records show. Before that, he was arrested in 1991 for stealing almost $20,000 in food stamps from Safeco Inc. of Ocala, where he worke ...
Dec 10, 2014, 5:24 pm - Lottery News forum
NY lottery millionaire inspired by a dream
For Edwina Silvera, one dream led to another.
On Oct. 14, the 49-year-old West Haverstraw, New York, resident dreamed of her late father, who told her something special, a message she wanted to keep private, which inspired her to buy a scratch-off game that night.
Against long odds, Silvera landed the lucky $2,500 A Week for Life ticket and won the top prize of $2.5 million.
Normally I buy the $2 ticket and I decided why not splurge? So I did. And I'm glad that I did, Silvera told New ...
Nov 24, 2014, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. doorman who won lottery loses battle with cancer
A Park Avenue doorman who catapulted to fame after winning a $5 million jackpot has lost his battle with cancer.
(See Doorman who won $5 million lottery pot is battling lung cancer, Lottery Post, Aug. 13, 2013.)
Richie Randazzo died Friday, six years after a lucky scratch-off ticket transformed him from porter to folk hero. He was 50.
But the Brooklyn native's family says the moolah never changed him.
He loved being a neighborhood guy, and that's what he was, said brother Frank Rand ...
Nov 17, 2014, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana store clerk in trouble for buying lottery ticket
Four months after buying a Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket that won him $900, a Winchester, Indiana, man's luck appears to have run out.
Authorities say Mickey L. Stone, 36, 501 E. Fourth St., violated state law by buying that winning ticket at the Winchester liquor store where he was employed.
Stone was charged this week with unlawful purchase of a lottery ticket by an employee, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum one-year jail term.
According to a report filed by Michael Bare, an inve ...
Oct 31, 2014, 11:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Supermarket chain accused of allowing lottery sales to minors
Children hoping to buy lottery tickets from vending machines may soon find it more difficult.
Northeastern University's Public Health Advocacy Institute is demanding that Star Market remove scratch lottery ticket vending machines from its Massachusetts stores after, PHAI claims, a 14-year-old was able to purchase tickets from two stores.
According to NECN, PHAI sent a letter to the company stating that a 14-year-old boy was able to purchase tickets at Star Market locations on Beacon Street ...
Oct 2, 2014, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum