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
New Jersey store clerk accused of stealing $1M lottery ticket
A New Jersey convenience store worker stole a customer's $1 million-winning lottery ticket and tried to pass it off as his own, authorities say.
Rayhan Sorwar, 36, who worked at an Edison convenience store, has been charged with theft of moveable property over $75,000, a second-degree crime; conspiracy to commit money laundering; and attempted money laundering, both first-degree crimes, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
He was charged during a joint investigation by ...
Jan 26, 2018, 6:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Store clerk busted trying to scam undercover lottery investigator
Do you trust your store clerk with your lottery ticket?
Maybe you've won a few hundred bucks or more. Will the employee tell you or pocket the ticket while telling you it's a loser?
That happened this week at a Fort Myers store, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. A Winn-Dixie Liquors employee is accused of keeping a customer's $600 winning ticket and paying him only 5 bucks.
Crystelle Yvette Baton was charged with larceny grand theft on Monday.
Baton, 42, was caught becaus ...
Jan 24, 2018, 12:55 pm - Lottery News forum
CVS employee accused of stealing $1 million lottery ticket
An Illinois man claims in a lawsuit filed last week that a CVS employee stole his winning $1 million Illinois Lottery scratch-off card.
Carlos Figueroa claims in the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court that he bought the winning ticket on Oct. 30 from a CVS Pharmacy in Waukegan. The address of the store was not immediately available.
The suit states that Figueroa said he purchased the Merry Millionaire instant scratch-off through a vending machine that had cut it in half due to a malfu ...
Nov 21, 2017, 8:24 pm - Lottery News forum