A Michigan Lottery employee was facing larceny and embezzlement charges for his alleged scheme to steal scratch-off tickets, Thursday.
51-year-old Larry Adams worked for the Michigan Lottery Commission as a sales representative. It was his job to acquire contracts with stores to sell the lottery scratch-off games.
When a game is discontinued the unsold tickets are supposed to be pickup by another person to be destroyed, but instead, prosecutors said, Adams would go to the stores and take the tickets for himself.
Investigators said Adams pocketed almost $3,000 in winnings and the stolen tickets had a face value of over $1,100.
Wayne Country Prosecutor Kym Worthy said, "There is a public act in this case that strictly prohibits any employee of the lottery commission from having any contact with these tickets that he had come in contact with. He knew that he was supposed to have no contact with these tickets...We feel this steals directly from the school children of the state of Michigan because all the proceeds from these ticket sales go directly to the School Aid Fund."
Adams was arrested and now faces charges of larceny and embezzlement.