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Illegal Facebook lottery in Minnesota involved hundreds: police

A Minnesota woman allegedly won at least $117,000 by running an illegal Facebook lottery resembling Powerball and tried to cover up her attempts to sue her after receiving a warning from the Hibbing Police Department.

Kathryn Jean Deblack, 39, of Hibbing, Minnesota, faces multiple charges for running an illegal lottery and winning $117,000 in just ten months.

Investigators said Deblack deceived more than 200 people into believing their entry fees were going to charity. Participants purchased numbered places to win brand-new items at a lower cost, with winners chosen by a random number generator.

Deblack strongly urged participants to avoid any language that suggested their activities were related to gambling.

USA Today

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