Tags: Florida | lottery | scam | stores

Store Owners and Clerks Under Suspicion in Lottery Scam

Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 09:38 PM


  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Florida authorities removed all lottery equipment and tickets from three convenience stores on Wednesday after an investigation by local newspaper found that store owners and clerks may have stolen millions of dollars in winning tickets and cashed them.

The investigation, by The Palm Beach Post, found unusual patterns of lottery winnings in recent years, including more than 200 people who cashed tickets each worth more than $600 at least 30 times at different stores.

Many of the big winners were store owners and clerks at stores that sold tickets, the Post reported.

David Bishop, a Florida lottery spokesman, said lottery officials are investigating operations at each of the three stores for possible criminal activity.

He said the role of store owners and the clerks was also being examined and whether they "would scan the ticket, say it's not a winner when it was ... and go on to cash it" under different names.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

No arrests were made on Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman from the Broward County Sheriff's office.

The Post investigation identified a man who said he never picked a winning lottery ticket but whose name appeared as someone who had collected more than $700,000 in winnings over the last seven years.

The man, 68-year-old Louis Tillman Johnson, won 252 times on 196 dates, according to the Post. The paper estimated under current odds he would have had to spend more than $2 million on tickets to collect his reported $719,000 in winnings.

"There's something strange going on," Johnson told the Post.

Bishop said the three stores, in Pompano Beach north of Fort Lauderdale, had been under investigation since August 2013.

The lottery agency, which state lawmakers are seeking to regulate under a gaming commission, also said it has run undercover investigations into lottery fraud since 2009, making 19 arrests without publicizing them.

Lottery officials also said on Wednesday they will begin using software that tracks winnings in real time.

Florida's lottery is overseen by Governor Rick Scott's office and its proceeds are used to fund public education throughout the state.

More than $5 billion in tickets are sold annually in more than 13,000 locations in Florida.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Ex-Romney Adviser: Americans Don't Appreciate Foreign Policy

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 21:00 PM

Americans are woefully underinformed on the need for strong foreign policy, but that doesn't mean their leaders should a . . .

Obamacare Gives Some Young Adults Incentive to Stay Uninsured

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 20:42 PM

Despite its intended goal to provide health insurance to everyone, Obamacare actually gives some young adults a strong f . . .

CNN Anchor Tweets Insult About Fox News Climate Story

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 19:26 PM

CNN anchor Bill Weir went on a mini-Twitter tirade Thursday, crudely slamming a Fox News blog for its post on former Vic . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved