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.