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  • Luck of the Draw

    This is the story of 82-year-old Bob Edmonds, "who had his ticket stolen and then had to fight the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for years to get his winnings back." This story also details other issues with the lottery in Ontario, Canada, like the fact clerks "selling lottery tickets were stealing from their customers."
  • Siren song: Gambling's allure

    Utah formally outlaws all forms of gambling. However, it is available in both illegal and legal forms. There is extensive gambling on the border between Idaho and Utah. Also "bingo halls" and "poker clubs", numerous in Utah, are essentially casinos using loopholes in the law. Internet gambling also is popular due to lax law enforcement.
  • Gaming the system

    A series of reports in The News & Observer showed how concentrated power benefitted legislative leaders and special interests at the public's expense. It has led to new and tightened ethics standards, criminal probes, resignations and pledges to open up legislative proceedings. The reporters found corruption in the state lottery commissioner's office and lavish favors from lobbyists to legislators.
  • Scratch-off Kids

    This investigation showed 10- and 12-year-old children buying lottery tickets from vending machines in full view of employees at convenience stores, grocery stores and delis. The reporter confronted store managers and showed video evidence to the Maryland Lottery Commissioner, who stated that the videos could lead to investigations and fines. The state had never previously fined any stores for such violations.
  • The Closer

    This CBS investigation looks at how con men swindle retired people of their life's savings. They make calls to these affluent elderly people saying that they had won the Canadian sweepstakes. They would then demand a sum of money to get the prize money to them. The con men made up to $5 billion from unsuspecting elderly people.
  • Holding on to Hope

    Georgia started the HOPE scholarship program in 1993 to give high school students of lower-income families a chance to go to college. But now it's in danger of breaking the bank. HOPE receives funding from the state's lottery, but the demand is outweighing the supply. Georgia lawmakers changed the standards for scholarship availability, and now scholarships are given to any student, regardless of need. This story examines how high school students fare in college with their HOPE scholarships, how HOPE money sometimes goes to other projects, and how the lottery money that goes to HOPE comes mostly out of pockets of the poor.
  • Soaring Home Prices in the Bay Area

    This investigation by the St. Petersburg-Times looks at the skyrocketing price of real estate in Tampa Bay area homes. Reporters analyzed more than 260,000 homes in 300 neighborhoods to discover a new prospect of wealth for homeowners. "This has changed the face of neighborhoods, created wealth for middle class homeowners unthinkable short of winning the lottery and turned some into overnight land speculators."
  • Texas Lottery Investigation

    The Star-Telegram discovered that a quiet resignation from a Texas lottery commissioner was more than just that. A female lottery employee had accused the commissioner of harassing her and this incident was investigated by the state and the Houston Police Department. The Star-Telegram revealed serious flaws in the investigation and is still reporting on the latest developments.
  • Secret lottery foundation/ governor's house

    The Register investigates the political and business activities of Don Siegelman, Alabama's governor. Part of the stories focus on "secret fund-raising activities by the governor through what was thought to be a dormant nonprofit foundation to support a state lottery initiative," according to the contest entry summary. The rest of the stories reveal how a longtime supporter of the governor, using his accountant as a straw man, has bought Siegelman's private residence in Montgomery, Ala., for twice its appraised value.
  • The Poor Pay More

    In a two-part study of the Illinois State Lottery by The Chicago Reporter, an analysis of their records since 1977 shows that predominantly African American or Latino, low-income Chicago communities have generated the highest lottery sales in the state. In addition, residents in these communities have spent a higher proportion of their incomes on the lottery than people in more affluent areas.