The First Arkansas Lottery Fraud Fail

A lottery ticket

A (real) lottery ticket

I guess someone had to do it. According to KATV-TV, Channel 7, a woman was arrested trying to pass off a fake winning lottery ticket at Arkansas Lottery headquarters in downtown Little Rock.

A woman is arrested inside the Arkansas Lottery Headquarters Monday afternoon…and KATV’s cameras were there for the arrest. Police say Ruth Dennis, 56, tried to pass a fake winning ticket for the real thing at the claims center. Her friend, John Burch says he gave Dennis and her sister a ride from Camden with a $3,000 ticket.

Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue says the ticket was clearly not real. He says she used the three times lucky scratch tickets and allegedly cut and pasted different numbers to make it appear like a winner.

“There’s no cure for stupid,” Passailaigue said, “And that’s what’s going to happen. People are going to try and defraud the lottery and they’re going to go to jail.”

It’s going to take a whole lot more than cut-and-paste jobs to fool the lottery security system, according to our recent Arkansas Business cover story on lottery security measures:

Lottery tickets can have up to 21 layers of specialized coatings and inks, including a layer that gives the cards fingerprint-like identities.

Scissors, glue and Exacto knives just aren’t going to get the job done. Lady probably should have read our story.


Kudos to KATV, which somehow got video of the arrest. You can watch it here.


One Response

  1. That lady must not have been to bright, she tried to cut and paste and claim a $3000.00 ticket, why not go for the jackpot?

    The news is making us Arkansans look bad with the publicity that we have received so far with the first $100,000 winner facing sex and drug charges. Then this lady tops the cake with the old cut and paste.

    Great Blog Lance, keep up the good work!

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