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Lottery fraudster denied, real winner found

Sep 1, 2011, 12:08 pm

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WINNIPEG — The lottery gods have handed a man more than $90,000 in winnings — but only after an alleged ticket thief was denied the same prize.

In a strange case the likes of which lottery officials say they haven't seen in more than 10 years, a gas station clerk has been arrested and charged with stealing a customer's Lotto 6/49 tickets then tried to claim the prize after one ticket hit it big.

"There's some incredible uniqueness to this one because a ticket that was stolen ended up with a prize in excess of $90,000," said Const. Jason Michalyshen, a spokesman for Winnipeg police.

"That is rare. We really haven't had anything major like this since some time in the '90s," said Andrea Marantz, a spokeswoman for the Western Canada Lottery Corp.

The story began when a 61-year-old man bought a 6/49 ticket July 14 that was good for five draws. On the third draw, the man won $5 and went to claim it at a gas station. When the clerk gave the man his winnings, he did not give him a replacement ticket for the two remaining draws.

"The employee pocketed the two tickets and hung on to them," Michalyshen said. "The victim didn't initially realize what had transpired."

When the next draw was made July 27, the ticket's numbers hit for $90,641.

The clerk went to claim his prize a few days later, but lottery officials were suspicious of his answers to their standard claims questions.

"The bar code on the ticket gives us very complete information about it, and we ensure the information we get from the winner matches the factual information," Marantz said.

Manitoba Lotteries and the police began investigating the case, and managed to not only discover the alleged scheme but also locate the legitimate winner, who has since been given his prize. The clerk was arrested Aug. 25.

The suspect was never given any prize — unless you count one charge each of theft and fraud.

Winnipeg Sun

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sully16's avatar - sharan
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Todd, we got to know, Was his name Patel ?

See Ya!

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    waS the clerk name by any chance BUBA PATEL Green laugh

      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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      Congratulations to the Lottery Corp and the Winnipeg Police.

      I like the proactive approach to catching these crooks. TN could learn something from them. I called to report a clerk trying to rip off my wife one time and they didn't even want to know where it happened. They just said to be careful.

      Now I just hope they throw that crook in jail for a few years so all the other crooks get the message.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                  --Edmund Burke

       

       

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        Another one bites the dust !

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          Todd, we got to know, Was his name Patel ?

          I'm surprised no one with that name has complained here yet. LOL

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            wow, these Lotto theft stories are running rampant nowadays

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              I'm surprised no one with that name has complained here yet. LOL

              LOL I wouldn't tell either.

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                rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                The rumors going around that my real name is Buford Patel are greatly exaggerated.


                                                             
                                     
                                                         

                 

                 

                 

                 

                                                                                                                   

                "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                            --Edmund Burke

                 

                 

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                  This is why lotteries should allow players to register, as the NSW lotteries does. If a ticket is lost or stolen the purchaser can prove ownership without a long legal wrangle.

                  We all get a lot out of lotteries!

                    Bondi Junction
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                      That is why when I purchase an advance draw ticket and win early on, before I go to claim my small dollar winnings, I write on the front of the ticket how much I won and that draws remain so that as I am handing that SIGNED ticket to the clerk, both she/he and I know the score and  even if the person tried to pull this scheme, would be unsuccessful since my info is already entered on the back.  It is pretty hard for a Patel to have my name and address as no Patel's live here!!!

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                        HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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                        That is why when I purchase an advance draw ticket and win early on, before I go to claim my small dollar winnings, I write on the front of the ticket how much I won and that draws remain so that as I am handing that SIGNED ticket to the clerk, both she/he and I know the score and  even if the person tried to pull this scheme, would be unsuccessful since my info is already entered on the back.  It is pretty hard for a Patel to have my name and address as no Patel's live here!!!

                        Huh, I thought a lottery ticket is invalid/voided if there is added writing on the front. Eek

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