Thief grabs N.C. lottery tickets from store display
A thief stole a display cabinet full of North Carolina lottery tickets this weekend, but his ill-gotten booty turned worthless almost immediately.
As soon as we are notified (of a theft), we deactivate those numbers, and the tickets cannot be redeemed, said Pam Walker, communications director for the N.C. Education Lottery.
Each ticket has an identification number, and lottery officials keep computerized records of which tickets are allotted for each vendor in the state, Walker said.
Apr 11, 2006, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
Police arrest lottery ticket thief
A routine audit of lottery tickets conducted by the Texas Lottery Commission showed that more than $37,000 in scratch-off tickets were missing from a Flower Mound convenience store.
The tickets were missing from a Diamond Shamrock station in the 220 block of Long Prairie Road.
Police later arrested a store employee, Joanna Diaz, on charges of theft.
Mar 22, 2006, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Man arrested after redeeming stolen lottery tickets
A 24-year-old Michigan man was arrested this week on a charge that he stole more than $20,000 worth of lottery tickets from his employer and redeemed the winning tickets at businesses across Wayne County.
State Police said Jerry Allen Gallup worked at Hazel's Party Store in Taylor, where he was accused of taking Michigan Lottery Instant Game Tickets.
The winning tickets were cashed in at more than 30 locations in Wayne County, police said.
Police said Gallup confessed to the theft, an ...
Mar 16, 2006, 6:52 am - Lottery News forum
Burglars Take Cash From Lottery Machine
25 Burglaries Of TouchPlay Devices Happen In Six Months
On Wednesday morning, burglars stole cash from a TouchPlay machine.
The clerk at an east side Kum And Go at 2919 E. 14th St. said the theft happened around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The lottery machines are in a separate room called the Gaming Center at the store.
The clerk told police that two men a one woman walked into the gas station together. The guys went into the room were the TouchPlay machines are located.
He believes ...
Mar 2, 2006, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa couple arrested in lottery fraud
A Waverly, Iowa, couple is facing criminal charges for allegedly cashing counterfeit lottery tickets.
Lottery officials allege Scott and Jennifer Brandhorst redeemed the forged TouchPlay tickets at a Hy-Vee store in Cedar Rapids, one for $300 and another for $325. Cedar Rapids police reportedly matched the couple with a surveillance video.
Investigators arrested the pair as they were leaving their home at 1868 Dakota Ave. in Waverly on Monday. They were taken to the Linn County Jail.
Feb 8, 2006, 3:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman who stole $175,000 lottery ticket avoids jail time
Dora Leal dodged a potential 15-year prison sentence Monday and was given probation and community service for her theft of a $175,000 winning lottery ticket from a group of Chicago traders.Last month a Cook County jury found Leal guilty of stealing the Mega Millions lottery ticket in December, 2003.She was a runner at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, where 16 people had pooled money to purchase lottery tickets, said prosecutor Lori Rosen. Leal was sent to a convenience store with the tickets ...
Jan 10, 2006, 6:36 am - Lottery News forum
Woman found guilty of stealing winning lottery ticket
On the day she allegedly stole a $175,000 winning lottery ticket, Dora Leal was a confused, emotional wreck, mourning the loss of her baby dog Pablo, Leal testified in a Cook County courtroom Tuesday.In fact, Leal's attorney would later tell jurors, Leal was so shaky that had she been working in a nitroglycerine factory, she could have blown up the whole town. If that was a plea for sympathy or an explanation for why Leal didn't realize she held a winning lottery ticket, jurors didn't buy it. ...
Dec 14, 2005, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
Stolen lottery ticket trial underway in Chicago
The trial began Monday for a woman accused of stealing a winning lottery ticket from her co-workers. The Mega Millions prize was worth $178,000. The winning ticket is still missing.There was no violence involved in this case, and the person on trial was actually given at one point the item she is accused of stealing. Nonetheless, this two-year-old lottery controversy has found its way to the Cook County Criminal Courts Building.The 46-year-old wife and mother of two adult daughters sat at the de ...
Dec 13, 2005, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut woman steals lottery winnings from purse
A 40-year-old Bridgeport, Connecticut, woman was charged Tuesday with stealing a woman's lottery ticket winnings at Shaw's Supermarket in Fairfield, police said.Ronice Turner, of Han Avenue, is charged with fifth-degree larceny in the October incident.She turned herself in at headquarters after learning there was a warrant for her arrest, police said. She was released on a promise to appear Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.The victim left her purse at Shaw's on Oct. 23, and Turner, a former ...
Dec 2, 2005, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
New Zealand lottery shop shortchanges winner
A New Zealand lottery winner who double-checked his jackpot found he had been shortchanged thousands of dollars by a storeowner.TVNZ reports the owner of a Lotto shop in Kapiti Coast told the man he had won $642 New Zealand ($440 U.S.). It turns out when the lucky winner checked with the Lottery Commission the actual payoff on his $6 ticket was 50 times that amount, or about $20,000 U.S. dollars.The commission said Lotto shops are required to have computer screens visible to customers and to ret ...
Nov 11, 2005, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum