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Illinois man charged with stealing lottery tickets

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A Schaumburg, Illinois man is accused of stealing hundreds of lottery tickets around Chicago's northwest suburbs over the past two weeks.

Police say 35-year-old Anthony Lazzaro told them he took the tickets because he was trying to get Christmas money for his daughter. He has been charged with three counts of retail theft and his bond was set yesterday at 40-thousand dollars.

Buffalo Grove Police Detective Anthony Gallagher says Lazzaro would buy a couple of one-dollar tickets at one store, take them to another store and claim he won money from the tickets.

Gallagher says he'd tell clerks that two of his tickets were winners for 150 dollars and that he wanted 150 dollars worth of lottery tickets.

Once the clerk pulled out the new tickets, Lazzaro would allegedly grab them and run.


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jeffrey's avatar - moon
Hamilton, OH
United States
Member #4162
March 27, 2004
277 Posts
Posted: December 20, 2004, 9:04 am - IP Logged

wow, what cahones

    curt777's avatar - pacman
    Palatine, IL
    United States
    Member #734
    September 24, 2002
    61 Posts
    Posted: December 20, 2004, 10:02 am - IP Logged

    Ya wot a dimbulb store clerk!  I live in that very town.  Usually they run your scratch card thru the machine and wait for the printout to see how much you won...  I can't believe someone took his word for it and just handed him tickets... 

    Illinois cards have mostly terrible overall odds too... All the $1 ones are like near 1 in 5!

    That's bad. 

    -Curt Little Lotto King 


      United States
      Member #6676
      September 3, 2004
      95 Posts
      Posted: December 20, 2004, 12:38 pm - IP Logged


        Maverick's avatar - yinyang
        United States
        Member #8242
        October 29, 2004
        1133 Posts
        Posted: December 20, 2004, 6:05 pm - IP Logged