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02/16/11 — Family pleads to illegal lottery ring

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Family pleads to illegal lottery ring

By Steve Herring
Published in News on February 16, 2011 1:46 PM

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This photo shows the exterior of the former Murphy's Place in Mount Olive. Two years ago law enforcement officials raided it while investigating an illegal "numbers" racket. On Tuesday, local, state and federal officials announced that five people had pleaded guilty in federal court to running an illegal lottery ring based on the state lottery's "Pick Three" numbers.

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 3-year-old case involving an illegal "numbers" lottery operation spread over several counties that made use of runners, bag men, count houses and generated more than $1 million in income for its female banker/manager moved closer to...

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