Stolen lottery tickets lead to bathroom standoff
A robbery involving Texas Lottery tickets led to a standoff in a public bathroom Tuesday morning in northwest Harris County near Houston.
Sheriff's deputies said a group of armed gunmen stole lottery tickets from a convenience store early Tuesday.
Several hours later, a man returned to the store and tried to cash one of those stolen tickets. Employees told deputies they called for help when the man went to the restroom.
The man was still there when deputies arrived, and employees and ...
Jan 10, 2007, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery Players Robbed At S.C. Store
Half a dozen people playing the lottery were forced to lie on the floor late Monday while two men held guns on them at the Lotto Supercenter on U.S. 21 in York County, South Carolina.
Sheriff's investigators said robbers wearing masks entered the store just before 10 p.m. and took money from three registers, as well as from every customer in the store.
Detectives are studying the surveillance video that shows the robbers running in and forcing everyone down.
Det. Tim Hager said because ...
Dec 6, 2006, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery ticket thieves sought by deputies
Livingston County sheriff's officials are looking for a man and woman who stole a large amount of Michigan instant lottery tickets from a drugstore east of Howell.
Deputies said surveillance videos from CVS Pharmacy, 2235 E. Grand River Ave. in Genoa Township, show a man and a woman walking into the business to return bottles at about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 17.
The male then reached behind the counter and tore off an undisclosed amount of lottery tickets, deputies said.
The man is described a ...
Nov 29, 2006, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
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