Man who stole winning lottery ticket gets 5 years
A judge on Friday sentenced Sam Grair to five years and four months in prison for stealing a lottery ticket worth $524,000 at the store where he worked.
Grair, 43, pleaded guilty in September to grand theft and presenting a fraudulent claim to a government agency.
Prosecutor Howard Wise said the message is this: It is a deterrent to any store clerk that is in a position of trust so they won't do the same thing.
Wise said Grair, of Camarillo, had no prior criminal history.
In cour ...
Nov 18, 2006, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery winner goes to jail
A White City woman accused of using a dead woman's credit card to buy an Oregon Lottery ticket that won a $1 million prize has been jailed for violating her probation on a methamphetamine possession charge.
Christina Goodenow, 39, was sentenced to six months in custody for violating her probation in a 2003 methamphetamine case.
Meanwhile, she remains in a dispute with authorities over the lottery proceeds.
Authorities say Goodenow spent about $11,000 using the card of the mother of a lo ...
Nov 18, 2006, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery addict screams at judge, 'prison won't help'
A sobbing lottery addict convicted of stealing $2.3 million from her employer to fund her habit screamed at the judge that prison won't cure her.
Tell me how you're helping me! Annie Donnelly of Farmingville yelled at state Supreme Court Justice Robert Doyle during her sentencing Tuesday.
Donnelly pleaded guilty last month to second-degree grand larceny in exchange for the sentence of four to 12 years in prison.
The former bookkeeper for a doctors' office admitted she stole the mon ...
Sep 27, 2006, 2:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning lottery tickets unlucky for burglary ring
Winning lottery tickets turned out not to be so lucky for some burglary suspects.
Thanks to an alert clerk who notified police that the winning scratch-off tickets she was asked to cash were stolen, three people have been arrested and two others are being sought in connection with a series of burglaries in Buffalo and Hamburg. One of the suspects has been charged with an Amherst burglary and additional charges are possible.
The break-ins occurred in July, including five in one night in Ha ...
Sep 1, 2006, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
WOW, TALK ABOUT ADDICTION: Woman stole $2.3M to buy lottery tickets
This is not the kind of jackpot one Long Island woman probably had in mind.
The former bookkeeper for a doctors' office pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree grand larceny, admitting she stole more than $2.3 million that she used to buy lottery tickets. Prosecutors, who described the bookkeeper as having a gambling addiction, said the woman spent as much as $6,000 a day playing various lotto and scratch-off lottery games.
She spent most of it to feed her pathological addiction, said ...
Aug 23, 2006, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Police Need Help Catching Man Who Stole Lottery Tickets
Detectives in the town of Hamburg, New York, are looking for help solving a burglary.
A brazen bandit took off with a bundle of lottery tickets from a Hamburg convenience store. Surveillance video taken at the store may help identify the thief.
The target was a corner convenience store in the Town of Hamburg. It happened early Tuesday morning while the Big Tree Road store was closed.
Town of Hamburg Police Detective Scott Kashino said, He smashed the first pane of a two-pane glass win ...
Aug 11, 2006, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. store clerk accused of stealing woman's winning lottery ticket
Tammy Church thought her first-ever scratch-off ticket was a winner. The store clerk told her otherwise.
Now, he's charged with a felony for stealing Church's winning lottery ticket. Josh Wesley Price, 32, of Lenoir, is charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Police are looking into other possible scams involving Price and other winning tickets.
Church bought the scratch-off ticket at Wilco Hess on Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir on Aug. 1, said Lenoir Police Lt. Brent Phe ...
Aug 11, 2006, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery Employee Arrested for Stealing Tickets
A Michigan Lottery employee was facing larceny and embezzlement charges for his alleged scheme to steal scratch-off tickets, Thursday.
51-year-old Larry Adams worked for the Michigan Lottery Commission as a sales representative. It was his job to acquire contracts with stores to sell the lottery scratch-off games.
When a game is discontinued the unsold tickets are supposed to be pickup by another person to be destroyed, but instead, prosecutors said, Adams would go to the stores and take ...
Jul 21, 2006, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
N.Y. store clerk busted in Lotto scam
A man who bought a Lotto ticket worth $1 million at a Huntington Station store was almost swindled out of his winnings by the clerk, State Police said.
Carlos Canas bought the $1 million Lotto Luck scratch-off ticket at Huntington Beverage, 1687 New York Ave., on June 7 and immediately knew he had won.
Wanting to verify his winnings and get information on how to claim the prize, police said Canas handed the ticket to the clerk, Mohinder K. Misri.
Misri allegedly scanned the ticket, tore ...
Jun 26, 2006, 1:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Greek boy kidnapped from lottery winners
Teenage boy later escaped and returned to parents
The teenage son of a couple from Loutsa, east of Athens, Greece, who had won 280,000 euros in the Joker lottery escaped from his kidnappers yesterday hours after the two men abducted him and demanded the winnings from his parents.
Police found the 15-year-old wandering close to Athens International Airport yesterday afternoon. He told officers that he had been tied and blindfolded and left in a shack that he believes was located somewhere i ...
Jun 2, 2006, 11:18 am - Lottery News forum