Former Ohio Lottery worker sentenced for stealing instant tickets
By Todd Northrop
A former Ohio Lottery Commission employee has been sentenced to probation for stealing $115,000 in instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners.
David Dragelevich, 40, was sentenced Monday morning by a Mahoning County judge to five years probation and will have to pay restitution after pleading guilty to theft back in August.
An Ohio Inspector General's office report released last May said Dragelevich would keep tickets returned from an unidentified retailer, then ent ...
Dec 1, 2015, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ man goes on 10-store, 900-ticket lotto theft spree
An alleged lottery ticket thief was not lucky enough to get away with stealing 900 New Jersey Lottery tickets, let alone hit the potential $5 million jackpot, according to police.
An investigation led police to arrest Andrew Miller, 20, of Scotch Plains, on Monday, and charge him with a slew of ticket thefts, said Springfield Township Det. Lt. Judd Levenson, the department's spokesman.
Miller was found in Scotch Plains on Monday at 12:30 p.m. after Springfield police determined he had sto ...
Nov 17, 2015, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victim lost life savings
A Jacksonville, Florida, man said he thought he was helping another man retrieve thousands in lottery winnings, but instead that man took $32,000 of the victim's money and left.
Now I can't trust anybody. I can't trust nobody now, the victim said. This changes my way of life.
The victim, who is not being named, said he now wants to make sure no one else falls victim to the same scam he did.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released a picture of the suspect that was captured in a Home ...
Nov 7, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Australian woman's winnings stolen after she posts selfie with winning ticket
Includes audio report
By Todd Northrop
A Perth, Australia, woman who won $825 on the Melbourne Cup horse race was shocked to find someone else claimed her winnings before she could, using details from her celebratory Facebook selfie.
Chantelle told radio station Triple M she was thrilled to have won hundreds after picking 101-to-1 shot Cup winner Prince of Penzance.
She posted a selfie of herself posing with the winning ticket to celebrate. When we found out we naturally took a bit o ...
Nov 4, 2015, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Daughter accused of stealing mom's lottery jackpot starts collecting winnings
The woman?? who's being sued by her? ?Brooklyn ???mother?, who says she stole her $1 million lottery jackpot?,? got a lucky break Thursday as? ?a judge? ?gave her back? ?access to some of the? ?loot.
Mom Barbara Quiles, of Bath Beach, initially won a temporary restraining orderblocking her daughter Linza Ford, 22, from accessing the funds as well as a safety deposit box containing $50,000 in valuables.
But Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Martin Solomon lifted that order, allowing Ford to co ...
Oct 23, 2015, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum
Gas station employee stole $850 in lottery tickets, police said
Security footage caught a Twin Stop Chevron employee scratching Idaho lottery tickets on the job and putting the losing ones back for customers to buy, police said.
Kelsee Adams, 20, was arraigned Monday in Twin Falls Magistrate Court on a charge of lottery fraud.
During the last couple of weekends Adams scratched a small portion of about 30 tickets to reveal a four digit number, court documents said.
Adams would then scan the number to see to see if it won a prize. She would place the ...
Aug 25, 2015, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum
Police official tried to cash in stolen lottery ticket
The chairman of a Connecticut police commission has resigned after being charged in Florida with trying to cash in a winning $520,000 lottery ticket that was reported stolen by his niece.
Michael Royston, 49, was freed on bond after his arrest last Thursday at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, and on Friday night, he sent a terse resignation email to Windsor Locks Town Clerk William Hamel, saying only: Effective immediately I am resigning my position as police commissioner.
Aug 10, 2015, 7:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Suspected lottery ticket thief causes major wreck in getaway
A suspect is in a Houston-area hospital after fleeing the scene of a daring robbery in Conroe and causing a serious traffic accident as he was attempting to make his getaway.
Cody Byrd, 23, of Navasota, Texas, is suspected of stealing a large bin of Texas Lottery tickets from a Chevron convenience store in the Conroe area on Saturday afternoon.
Byrd fled the scene in his vehicle at a high rate of speed only to collide with a family of four on SH-105 westbound. He attempted to flee on foot, ...
Aug 4, 2015, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
$1M lottery winner admits stealing from cancer-stricken brother's business
When Manuel Buginga found out his sister had been embezzling money from his Brockton construction business for years he didn't know what to do.
Buginga said he was even more shocked to learn that she increased the amount she had been stealing after she found out he had been diagnosed with cancer and also after she won $1 million on a scratch ticket just two months prior.
In March 2012, Buginga was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. With the news of his cancer he went to review his bank acco ...
Jul 19, 2015, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
NJ lottery winner is loser after prize seized
When is a $10,000 lottery winner a loser? When the funds used to purchase the $10,000 winning ticket are from a ticket the winner allegedly stole.
That s what David G. Rukhadze, 23, a borough resident, learned after he tried to collect a $10,000 prize on an instant lottery ticket after he allegedly used the $20 winnings from a stolen ticket to buy the winning one.
Around 1 p.m. June 5, Officer Sean Flanagan responded to the Acme Market, 125 Bound Brook Road, for a report of a theft of New ...
Jun 13, 2015, 6:31 am - Lottery News forum