Alaskan Pull Tab Scam
By staff
US Federal prosecutors say two Alaskan women used inside information to turn the odds in their favor playing Pull-Tab games, winning $93,158 in one year.

Janine D. Harmon, 36, and Delores A. Peratrovich, 53, were charged by a federal grand jury last week with one count of conspiracy and three counts of mail fraud each.

Pull-tabs (similar to scratch cards) cost the punter $1 per ticket with a set number of winning tickets in every batch. A typical game has an average return of about 86%, which means if someone bought all the tickets in a game, they would win 86 cents for every dollar wagered and lose 14 cents, the indictment says.

Harmon was manager of gaming operations for Klawock Cooperative Association. She managed accounting records for pull-tab games and also was a dealer. Money from the games was used to fund the tribe's general operations.

Peratrovich had a similar role at the Klawock Liquor Store, managing pull-tab accounts and dealing pull tabs as the store's manager. Profits from the tabs went to the city of Klawock for education, public safety and heritage, the indictment says.

But Harmon and Peratrovich traded inside knowledge learned on the job about which games had sold most tickets but still had winning tickets left, unfairly increasing their odds of scoring money, the indictment charges.

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