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$4 million lottery scratch ticket stolen from store

Massachusetts LotteryMassachusetts Lottery: $4 million lottery scratch ticket stolen from store

Selling a $4 million scratch ticket at the Hilltop Package Store in Wareham could have brought instant fortune to a lucky customer and a cool $40,000 commission to the store's owner, Paul Hurley.

But the Hold'Em Poker lottery ticket was among hundreds stolen two weeks ago from the Hilltop and other stores in town.

Wareham police have arrested a teenager who allegedly gave the unscratched winning ticket to a friend, who tried to cash it at another store, Hurley said.

''It's like getting robbed twice," he said yesterday.

When Hurley reported the robbery to police, he said, he jokingly told them, '' 'Yeah, watch, it will be a winning ticket they'll steal.' The next day the detective called me and asked if I was sitting down."

The store hasn't sold a big winner in 13 years of business.

Wareham police have arrested Jared Sherman, 17, of Wareham, and charged him with two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime for felony, two counts of larceny from a building, receiving stolen property over $250, and receiving stolen property under $250, according to a report Saturday in The Enterprise of Brockton.

Wareham Police Detective William DeSilva, who handled the investigation, could not be reached yesterday for comment.

Beth Bresnahan, a spokeswoman for the state Lottery, said she did not have enough information to comment.

The robber threw a rock through the window of the front door of the Hilltop Package Store, dashed in, and grabbed 117 scratch tickets and nothing else, while the security alarm sounded in the early morning of April 17, Hurley said.

Because a few scratch tickets were stolen from each of the rolls, all the tickets from those rolls are no good.

Hurley said many people in the neighborhood regularly come in and buy scratch tickets.

''I kind of feel everyone got robbed, not just me but the neighborhood people, too," he said.

''There are a lot of working-class people looking for the American dream, wanting to get rich. Four million dollars would put you on the road to that."

Bresnahan said customers who legitimately bought tickets off those rolls can file claims for any winnings.

Boston Globe

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Posted: May 2, 2005, 9:36 am - IP Logged

When is $4 million not $4 million?

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    Posted: May 2, 2005, 10:35 am - IP Logged

    What kind of game pays out $522 for 5/6 and $14 for 4/6, and a DOLLAR for 3/6?





    Well Cash, the above statement sounds eerily similar to a Illinois Lotto payout.  3/6 nets you $3,  4/6 is usually between $29-36, and 5/6 is never more than $1200.  And since they added a new day of draws (Mondays) when the jackpot rolls over, it rolls a scathing 250K !!!  Wow!  Hold on to your hats!   





    Hopefully IL is going to change the game soon.  I can't understand why anyone would even bother with it...





    -Curt Little Lotto King

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      Posted: May 2, 2005, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

      Will the $4 million winning ticket be reprinted and put back into circulation? If not, it certainly doesn't seem fair that the lottery gets a $10 million profit from the work of a thief.

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        I meant:





        Will the $4 million winning ticket be reprinted and put back into circulation? If not, it certainly doesn't seem fair that the lottery gets a $4 million profit from the work of a thief.














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          Posted: May 2, 2005, 2:51 pm - IP Logged

          Boy, is that 17-year old guy going to be a big lepor in town!  He should move as soon as he turns 18.  I bet his parents are going to be embarassed too -- They should do all their shopping in another town. LOL





          The ticket will be reprinted and put back in circulation, but it has to be random and secret, so it will likely not be in this town and at that store (thus these townspeople will miss out on their big chance)!

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            Posted: May 3, 2005, 7:07 am - IP Logged

            that boy changed somebodys fate in that town,a would be millionaire.....

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              Posted: May 3, 2005, 9:33 am - IP Logged
              Quote: Originally posted by BabyJC on May 2, 2005



              He should move as soon as he turns 18. 






              He is being charged with a felony and multiple other crimes. I imagine he'd be tried as an adult, and if convicted, the only moving he'll be doing when he turns 18 is from cell block C to D.
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                Posted: May 4, 2005, 7:16 am - IP Logged

                > Well Cash, the above statement sounds eerily similar to a Illinois Lotto



                >payout. 3/6 nets you $3, 4/6 is usually between $29-36, and 5/6 is never



                >more than $1200.



                I got $1,590.50 for an Illinois lotto 5/6 payout...



                (1 number short of $5.5 mil) :-(



                MarkP

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                  Posted: May 5, 2005, 6:25 am - IP Logged

                  that'll teach him a lesson....

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                    Posted: May 5, 2005, 6:26 am - IP Logged

                    i bet the store owner is pissed,he could've made 40 grand...

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                      Posted: May 5, 2005, 9:52 am - IP Logged

                      That lottery ticket became the juvenile delinquents misfortune.

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                        Quote: Originally posted by MillionsWanted on May 5, 2005


                        That lottery ticket became the juvenile delinquents misfortune.



                        your right his fortune turned to misfortune....
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