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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