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Indiana woman pleads guilty to buying ticket from own store

NEW SALISBURY, Ind. — An Indiana woman who won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery game will be serving probation instead of spending her winnings.

Betty Jacobi, 54, who managed the Cowboy's Gas and Convenience store in New Salisbury, bought the $20 ticket in June from her own store, a violation of lottery policy, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.

Because Jacobi couldn't legally claim the money, prosecutors said she gave the ticket to her daughter, Joni Magner, who collected the prize, including a $30,000 first installment.

But the family's plan started to unravel when someone sent an anonymous tip to the Hoosier Lottery, telling them to check store surveillance video.

When they did, investigators said they discovered that Magner wasn't even in the store on the day that the ticket was purchased.

Jacobi pleaded guilty on Monday to a misdemeanor count of unlawfully purchasing a lottery ticket.

Her plea deal calls for her to serve 60 days probation and perform 24 hours of community service.

Hoosier Lottery Director Kathryn Densborn said prosecution in such cases is important.

"We are one of the few states that doesn't allow retailers to play at their store," she said. "We always ask to prosecute because it is important that our players know that any time they put down a dollar, they have as good a chance as anyone to win that prize."

Some customers at Jacobi's former store said they thought the punishment was reasonable.

"I used to work at a gas station and everyone knows when you work at a gas station you can't buy tickets there, so that's fair," said Jennifer Williams.

Magner has already repaid the money she received from the lottery.

Thanks to orton for the tip.

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Posted: January 5, 2010, 11:39 am - IP Logged

I didn't know that store owners couldn't buy instant tickets from their own stores.

 

How would they know when the ticket was purchased to know whether the daughter would have been on video?

 

Why is being against lottery policy an unlawful purchase?

 

"We are one of the few states that doesn't allow retailers to play at their store"

That is interesting.

    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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    I think that's a great policy that all states should have. With the reports of so many clerks and owners beating the odds and winning jackpots and such it just might help to keep them honest. Afterall, if they're truly that lucky, their luck should continue when buying their tickets somewhere else.

    None of them should be allowed to buy where they work or cash a ticket that was bought where they work.


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

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      Posted: January 5, 2010, 3:16 pm - IP Logged

      I didn't know that store owners couldn't buy instant tickets from their own stores.

       

      How would they know when the ticket was purchased to know whether the daughter would have been on video?

       

      Why is being against lottery policy an unlawful purchase?

       

      "We are one of the few states that doesn't allow retailers to play at their store"

      That is interesting.

      Somebody called in an anonymous tip. That's what happens when you don't keep your mouth shut.

      I don't like that rule. As long as the employees are buying them like everyone else, what's the problem?

      "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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        Posted: January 5, 2010, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

        Somebody called in an anonymous tip. That's what happens when you don't keep your mouth shut.

        I don't like that rule. As long as the employees are buying them like everyone else, what's the problem?

        The problem is this; clerks can and do cheat. I've heard of them running a needle through the scratch material to see if there is a winner. Buying the winners and leaving the rest for the public. At the very least there is a pattern to winners and losers. When a roll has produced many losers in a row there is a winner coming up. A clerk who is paying attention can then buy a few and win. This leaves the public to lose. I do not buy scratchers for this reason. It is hard enough to win on a level playing field. When there is money involved trust no one because anyone can be a thief. The lottery is seen as a money tree, easy pickens, hence the wide spread cheating with winning lotto tickets. Without self scanners people who play multidraw tickets are vulnerable.Bang Head I love this guy.

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          Posted: January 5, 2010, 4:44 pm - IP Logged

          I think that's a great policy that all states should have. With the reports of so many clerks and owners beating the odds and winning jackpots and such it just might help to keep them honest. Afterall, if they're truly that lucky, their luck should continue when buying their tickets somewhere else.

          None of them should be allowed to buy where they work or cash a ticket that was bought where they work.

          I agree, that's like employees entering in a contest put on by their company or department.  They have the edge of inside information.

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            rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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            Somebody called in an anonymous tip. That's what happens when you don't keep your mouth shut.

            I don't like that rule. As long as the employees are buying them like everyone else, what's the problem?

            Nino, check out some of the articles in the "Related Stories" box at the top of this page.

            I don't like a lot of rules and regulations and laws either but there's a lot of crooks out there.

            I had one try to scam me not long ago as a matter of fact. I took 5 winning tickets in to cash them. They were all multi-picks, four were expired and one still had about 12 draws left on it. The clerk ran the tickets and while she was getting my cash someone asked me a question and I turned away momentarily. When I turned back around she handed me my cash and said congratulations. The cash was all there but the exchange ticket for the ticket with the remaining draws wasn't.

            When I asked her where the exchange ticket was she looked at me like she didn't know what I was talking about. I explained to her what it was (as if she didn't know) and she reached down in the garbage can, pulled out the ticket and said "This thing"? She said she didn't even look at it because she thought it was just a "receipt or something" and threw it in the garbage. (Yeah, right). She's been working the lottery terminal in this store for 3 years that I know of. She knew exactly what she was doing.

            It's because of people like that, that we have to have rules in place to make it a little more difficult for them to rip people off.


                                                         
                                 
                                                     

             

             

             

             

                                                                                                               

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              Hmm didn't know you can cash multidraw tickets with some live drawings left. I usually wait until last drawing before cashing it on the rare occassion when i do win...

               

              I was in store recently and saw some mistake tickets on lotto terminal. They were multidraw and wanted to buy them but they wouldn't sell me at remaining value. They wanted me to pay $4  face value but was only good for 3 more drawings. What's the deal? Nobody gonna buy them anyway and figure it fair to everybody.

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                The problem is this; clerks can and do cheat. I've heard of them running a needle through the scratch material to see if there is a winner. Buying the winners and leaving the rest for the public. At the very least there is a pattern to winners and losers. When a roll has produced many losers in a row there is a winner coming up. A clerk who is paying attention can then buy a few and win. This leaves the public to lose. I do not buy scratchers for this reason. It is hard enough to win on a level playing field. When there is money involved trust no one because anyone can be a thief. The lottery is seen as a money tree, easy pickens, hence the wide spread cheating with winning lotto tickets. Without self scanners people who play multidraw tickets are vulnerable.Bang Head I love this guy.

                I guess you're right. It's fascinating what people will think of to get over.

                "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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                  Posted: January 6, 2010, 3:22 am - IP Logged

                  Nino, check out some of the articles in the "Related Stories" box at the top of this page.

                  I don't like a lot of rules and regulations and laws either but there's a lot of crooks out there.

                  I had one try to scam me not long ago as a matter of fact. I took 5 winning tickets in to cash them. They were all multi-picks, four were expired and one still had about 12 draws left on it. The clerk ran the tickets and while she was getting my cash someone asked me a question and I turned away momentarily. When I turned back around she handed me my cash and said congratulations. The cash was all there but the exchange ticket for the ticket with the remaining draws wasn't.

                  When I asked her where the exchange ticket was she looked at me like she didn't know what I was talking about. I explained to her what it was (as if she didn't know) and she reached down in the garbage can, pulled out the ticket and said "This thing"? She said she didn't even look at it because she thought it was just a "receipt or something" and threw it in the garbage. (Yeah, right). She's been working the lottery terminal in this store for 3 years that I know of. She knew exactly what she was doing.

                  It's because of people like that, that we have to have rules in place to make it a little more difficult for them to rip people off.

                  Yikes!!

                  Who knows how many times that trick HAS worked!

                  Did you tell her off??

                  "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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                    Posted: January 6, 2010, 3:23 am - IP Logged

                    I'm curious..

                    Are Lottery employees allowed to play?

                    "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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                      I dont see anything wrong with employees buying tickets, scratch or lotto drawings.   I have seen people play and keep buying and buying and not hitting....and they keep going till they hit.  THen one they hit might just be  a little dollar one out of 20 tickets.  No one knows where and how the winners will be coming up. 

                      I would be more concerned of the scratch ticket manufacture....of them figuring out where big winners are placed and then send someone in to buy.  To watch certain serial numbers when they appear.

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                        She bought a ticket in her own store,big deal.They need to change that stupid law!

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                          Yikes!!

                          Who knows how many times that trick HAS worked!

                          Did you tell her off??

                          No, she knew she was busted and got all scared and pathetic looking and I'm a softie with women anyway so I didn't say what I had on my mind.

                          There's two terminals in that store so I just go to the other one now.


                                                                       
                                               
                                                                   

                           

                           

                           

                           

                                                                                                                             

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                            rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                            Hmm didn't know you can cash multidraw tickets with some live drawings left. I usually wait until last drawing before cashing it on the rare occassion when i do win...

                             

                            I was in store recently and saw some mistake tickets on lotto terminal. They were multidraw and wanted to buy them but they wouldn't sell me at remaining value. They wanted me to pay $4  face value but was only good for 3 more drawings. What's the deal? Nobody gonna buy them anyway and figure it fair to everybody.

                            Yeah Rowen, you can cash in multi-draw tickets after any win and they give you an exchange ticket for the remaining draws. 

                            Just make sure the exchange ticket doesn't get "thrown out".


                                                                         
                                                 
                                                                     

                             

                             

                             

                             

                                                                                                                               

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