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Former Ohio Lottery worker sentenced for stealing instant tickets

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By Todd Northrop

A former Ohio Lottery Commission employee has been sentenced to probation for stealing $115,000 in instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners.

David Dragelevich, 40, was sentenced Monday morning by a Mahoning County judge to five years probation and will have to pay restitution after pleading guilty to theft back in August.

An Ohio Inspector General's office report released last May said Dragelevich would keep tickets returned from an unidentified retailer, then enter in a lottery database that they'd been resold and cash out winning tickets. The report says Dragelevich told State Highway Patrol investigators he cashed some tickets on his own and with accomplices.

Prosecutors say the theft occurred while Dragelevich was employed as Regional Sales Representative at the Ohio Lottery's North Canton office.

The 40-year-old man from the Youngstown suburb of Poland resigned from the lottery in January 2014.

Authorities say the scheme was uncovered after a supervisor found scratched-off instant tickets in his state-issued van.

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mypiemaster's avatar - 2015021003pileofcash

United States
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April 2, 2013
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Posted: December 1, 2015, 12:27 pm - IP Logged

DUMB Dumb got probation!!!. Where is the justice?.  Thumbs Down

Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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    Las Vegas, NV
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    Member #44841
    August 9, 2006
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    Posted: December 1, 2015, 5:52 pm - IP Logged

    What's even more disturbing is that he might have gotten away with this scheme even longer if he wasn't a SLOB ... Confused  What is the world coming to???

      Rome, Georgia
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      Member #96695
      September 3, 2010
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      Posted: December 1, 2015, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

      No wonder why Ohio Lottery is hard to win...to many crooks

        RedStang's avatar - tallman zps6gf4inoc.jpg
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        January 21, 2012
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        Posted: December 2, 2015, 12:59 am - IP Logged

        Dummy stole 115k and was probably making 90k.

          sully16's avatar - sharan
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          October 28, 2009
          40341 Posts
          Posted: December 2, 2015, 6:03 am - IP Logged

          Have fun in Prison.

          Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

          For a lead role in a cage?


                                                      From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

            zephbe's avatar - animal butterfly.jpg
            South Carolina
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            Member #77167
            July 15, 2009
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            Posted: December 2, 2015, 7:31 am - IP Logged

            Yield not to temptation.  American greed. If you can't be good be careful.

            He needs a job to pay restitution

            Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

            “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

              United States
              Member #87369
              February 23, 2010
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              Posted: December 2, 2015, 8:39 am - IP Logged

              Ok how do you not go to prison for GRAND LARCENY. The Judge that gave out probation should have to serve time for this crime. this is why this country has so much crime.

                United States
                Member #163335
                January 27, 2015
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                Posted: December 2, 2015, 10:33 am - IP Logged

                He committed fraud as an employee of the lottery, and stole over $100K.  Was the judge paid off in lottery tickets given that he sentenced him to just probation? This judge needs to be investigated as this is SO WRONG.

                  HoLeeKau's avatar - YheaShea
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                  July 17, 2010
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                  Posted: December 2, 2015, 11:32 am - IP Logged

                  Five years PROBATION???  Way to keep the public trusting the Ohio Lottery you maroon of a judge.  Crazy

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                    March 26, 2014
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                    Posted: December 2, 2015, 10:15 pm - IP Logged

                    Have fun in Prison.

                    You may have missed the part of the article that said the thief got probation, not prison.  What nonsense.

                      United States
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                      January 22, 2015
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                      Posted: December 4, 2015, 11:02 am - IP Logged

                      You may have missed the part of the article that said the thief got probation, not prison.  What nonsense.

                      Wonder if his record will conveniently be expunged after the five year probation?  My bet is it will.