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Man's Number Up as Illegal Lottery Tickets Seized

Posted January 23, 2008

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— Halifax County deputies wound up collecting more tickets than they issued Tuesday after confiscating allegedly homemade lottery tickets during a traffic stop.

Tonicellis Marshall, 37, of Enfield, was charged with operating an illegal lottery and possessing illegal lottery tickets. He was released on an unsecured bond.

After the state Highway Patrol stopped a car for a traffic violation, the driver also was cited for having a suspended license.

Two Halifax County Sheriff's Office investigators stopped to assist as the citation was issued and found a backpack in the car that contained several homemade lottery tickets and more than $6, 800 in cash, authorities said.

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  • moreupset Jan 23, 2008

    let the court system give him a free ticket, go straight to jail.

  • ncmickey Jan 23, 2008

    Doesnt it make more sense that he was printing WINNING lottery tickets and cashing them in? That is theft by deception, right? It said he had a processing unit...

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 23, 2008

    "Simply being in possession of fake lottery tickets isn't a crime itself."

    There is such a thing as conspiracy to commit fraud.

  • claudnc Jan 23, 2008

    Guys, he was probably running numbers. There is a huge market in number running. I remember in NY folks would either go to the bodega or the number man would come around and collect numbers and cash. This is huge... A dollar will get you about $150.00 if the number came out straight. If it hit on a combination it would pay like $60.00. He was just getting his hustle on.... Boy all the older folks in NY and NJ play the numbers at least 2x a day.

  • WHEEL Jan 23, 2008

    How many Police Officers does it take to issue a simple traffic ticket in Halifax County

  • Leonardo Jan 23, 2008

    Is it actually illegal to make fake lottery tickets? There are written federal laws that say you cannot make counterfeit money. Are there written laws that also say you cannot make counterfeit lottery tickets?

    If not, then...
    Of course the purpose of the fake lottery tickets is to commit fraud. But wouldn't the cops need to actually catch him in the act of trying to sell these tickets in order to prove fraud? Otherwise, no fraud, and therefore no crime, occurs. Simply being in possession of fake lottery tickets isn't a crime itself.

  • PDMARTIN Jan 23, 2008

    why not make your own....the legal ones don't pay off

  • GulfWarVet Jan 23, 2008

    I imagine the correct question this suspect will be asking is, "how do I make license plates?"

  • caesarrodney1980 Jan 23, 2008

    Will that money go to the schools too?

  • cuteboyd Jan 23, 2008

    Who would be stupid enough to buy tickets that weren't purchased from a store?

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