STORM LAKE, Iowa — Charges have been dismissed against one of three people charged with fraudulently claiming a lottery ticket prize.
District Judge David Lester on Monday dismissed a charge of aiding and abetting theft of a lottery ticket or share against Sally Bosler. His ruling came after an oral motion from the state requesting the dismissal because, prosecutors said, insufficient evidence now exists to convict Bosler.
Bosler, 42, her daughter Ashley Bosler and Ashley Bosler's boyfriend, Johnny Long Jr., all of Sioux Rapids, Iowa, were arrested July 27. Long had attempted to claim the $250,000 prize from an Iowa Lottery instant-scratch game ticket at the Storm Lake Regional Lottery office on June 17. The ticket raised suspicions, and state and local authorities launched an investigation.
(See 3 charged in theft of $250,000 lottery ticket, Lottery Post, Aug. 5, 2016.)
Ashley Bosler, 21, who was an employee at a Casey's general store, is accused of scratching off a corner of the lottery ticket and scanning the bar code that confirmed it was a winner.
She did not buy the ticket and was 20 years old at the time, not old enough to play the lottery, authorities said, so she asked Long to claim the prize.
Ashley Bosler is charged in Buena Vista County District Court with theft of a lottery ticket or share and aiding and abetting theft of a lottery ticket or share. She is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 15.
Long, 26, is charged with theft of a lottery ticket or share and is scheduled to enter a plea on Nov. 7.