Man busts through store roof, steals lottery tickets
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A thief hoping to steal his way to some good luck busted through the roof of a grocery store and took hundreds of dollars worth of lottery tickets on Wednesday.
Ironically, unlucky for him, it was all caught on camera.
Surveillance footage captured a fairly clear image of the suspect's face, and after about a day on the run, Kevin Croft, 30, was arrested for the crime by Florida detectives.
Croft was booked into the Lee County Jail and faces ...
Jul 20, 2018, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery issues new rules for retailers after rash of thefts
Includes video report
A rash of thefts of California Lottery tickets in San Jose prompted the state this week to roll out a new system aimed at preventing store owners from paying out purloined scratchers.
The new system forbids a practice that had allowed retailers to begin selling tickets before they confirmed that they received their full order of scratchers.
A thief or thieves exploited that practice by stealing packages of scratchers en route to retail outlets, according to a June ...
Jun 22, 2018, 1:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Sweepstakes, lottery scams cost Americans more than $111 million in 2017
A new study reveals sweepstakes, lottery and prize-related scams cost Americans millions of dollars each year. The Better Business Bureau calls these schemes some of the most serious and pervasive frauds operating today.
In the past three years, the group says more than 460,000 Americans have reported losing a total of over $330 million to such scams.
The Better Business Bureau says these crooks are professionals. They might take advantage of someone in your family, and they can be very c ...
Jun 5, 2018, 3:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas lottery winner battled Alzheimer's as daughter stole $250,000
Not long after Austin widow Billie Lawler matched all five numbers in the Mega Millions in 2005, her health began to erode along with her $750,000 prize.
She hoped to live out the balance of her life at a high-end Alzheimer's care facility, but was evicted after about a year when she no longer could make the $5,000 monthly rent, prompting a court-ordered investigation that revealed her daughter had burned through her mom's money a crime against the elderly that prosecutors and judges say is c ...
Jun 3, 2018, 4:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut woman stole more than $25K in lottery tickets
Police in a small Connecticut town said a former gas station worker in stole more than $25,000 in scratch-off lottery ticket revenue from the business.
Juliana Perillo, 55,was charged with first-degree larceny Monday in connection to lottery revenue that went missing from Petro Pat's in Wolcott. She was released on a promise to appear and is next scheduled to appear in court on July 2.
Police said Perillo faked numbers on a store log sheet to make it seem like customers had returned their ...
May 23, 2018, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
NY credit union chief accused of embezzling money from fund, spending $3.55M on lottery tickets
The head of the city's oldest credit union embezzled money from the fund for years splurging on millions worth of lottery tickets by submitting bogus invoices for dental work and other expenses, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Kam Wong, 62, from Valley Stream, L.I., who heads the Municipal Credit Union, allegedly used the ill-gotten gains to purchase some $3.55 million in New York State lottery tickets, according to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman.
He also obtained numerous other ...
May 8, 2018, 9:06 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. man charged in $10K lottery scam on 84-year-old woman
A New Jersey man tricked an 84-year-old woman into handing over more than $10,000 after telling her she won a lottery, but needed to pay the taxes on the winnings in advance, authorities said.
Earl Alton Smith, 40, convinced the Canandaigua, New York, resident to give him a $5,000 check and one totaling $5,500 in October, New York State Police said in a statement.
Smith was arrested by Port Authority police on Wednesday at Newark Liberty International Airport as he was about to board a pl ...
May 1, 2018, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
Are repeat Wisconsin Lottery winners playing fair?
Since 2009, Khalil Audi of Cudahy has cashed in lottery tickets 33 times to the tune of about $80,000.
His $10,000 win from Badger Cash Blowout? A one-in-72,000 chance. When he bought a $30 Super Millions scratch-off ticket, he had a one-in-200,000 shot of winning $5,000 the same odds as giving birth to conjoined twins.
But that ticket was also a winner.
Audi's success is surprising, but he is not the luckiest person in Wisconsin.
According to Wisconsin Lottery data obtained by Gamin ...
Mar 25, 2018, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum
How a lottery jackpot winner became a bank robber
A man who once won millions of dollars in the California Lottery pleaded guilty Thursday in downtown Los Angeles to four counts of bank robbery.
On Thursday, James Allen Hayes, a security guard turned overnight millionaire, stood in a Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded guilty to committing a series of bank robberies. Hayes, 55, faces up to 80 years behind bars, with sentencing set for June 7 before U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin.
Hayes admitted to being the serial bank robber known ...
Mar 17, 2018, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers fired after theft accusations
Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers lost their jobs last week after a watchdog agency accused them of stealing nearly $3,000 in goods that belonged to the state from a Cleveland warehouse.
Scott Kronik, Walter Liszniansky and Jeffrey Chapman were fired on Friday, lottery spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi Babb said.
All three are scheduled to appear Feb. 28 at pre-trial hearings at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, court records say.
A grand jury on Dec. 21 handed up felony theft in offic ...
Jan 29, 2018, 4:45 pm - Lottery News forum