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UK store clerk steals thousands in lottery scratch tickets, wins nothing

Feb 10, 2019, 8:03 am

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A debt-ridden Scottish store clerk stole £1,500 (US$2,000) worth of lottery scratch tickets from the store where he worked, and didn't win a single penny.

Andrew Lochrie, 28, helped himself to rolls of the National Lottery instants games from the supermarket where he worked hoping to clear mounting debts.

But over the course of his crimes, between August 1 and October 24, 2017, Lochrie won nothing — which a judge told him was "a lesson".

Lochrie worked at the Co-op supermarket on Shore Street, Gourock, Scotland, and eventually admitted to his employers what he had done.

He pleaded guilty at Greenock Sheriff Court.

Defending, Edel McGinty said, "There was an investigation within the workplace and he made full and frank admissions to his employers. He is filled with shame and regret.

"It is not lost on Mr Lochrie that he was in a position of trust. This was an act of desperation at a desperate time."

Sheriff Andrew McIntyre said, "That is a lesson in itself that £1,500 worth of scratchcards didn't yield anything. This was a hopeless attempt by you to address your problem.

"You were in a position of trust. This offence crosses the threshold for prison but the social work department has made it plain that you are suitable for a community-based disposal."

Lochrie, who now has a job elsewhere, was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within nine months.

He was also ordered to repay the Co-op £1,500 in compensation.

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Simpsonville
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Another story for stupid criminals!

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     "This offence crosses the threshold for prison but the social work department has made it plain that you are suitable for a community-based disposal."

    Green laugh  Sounds more like what you place in a Diaper Genie

    Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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      Yes, the lesson is , don't buy scratch tickets. Odds are you'll lose.

      If you play expecting a particular number to "break" it will break you.

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        Does crime pay? If not, why do so many people commit it?

        https://www.quora.com/Does-crime-pay-If-not-why-do-so-many-people-commit-it

        A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

        Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

        Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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          Yes, the lesson is , don't buy scratch tickets. Odds are you'll lose.

          Actually, don't buy any lottery tickets. Odds are you'll lose.

          Why play. It's that "dollar and a dream".

          CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

          A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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            frontenac, kansas
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            What I find odd about this story is not winning even a single penny.  That super hard to believe. Here in the US if you were to buy a whole roll or pad of scratch tickets you would have a centain amount of winners in them.  I am not sure what the percentage is but isnt it most generally 60% or better is returned to the players in winning tickets.

            Story said it compared to spending 2,000 in US dollars... so that would figure about 1200 hundred being returned as winners.  That lottery over there ought to be checked out if this story is true.... the lottery itself has a license to steal with no winners out of that amount of money.

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              His worldview does not believe that theft is unacceptable!

              A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

              Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

              Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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                What I find odd about this story is not winning even a single penny.  That super hard to believe. Here in the US if you were to buy a whole roll or pad of scratch tickets you would have a centain amount of winners in them.  I am not sure what the percentage is but isnt it most generally 60% or better is returned to the players in winning tickets.

                Story said it compared to spending 2,000 in US dollars... so that would figure about 1200 hundred being returned as winners.  That lottery over there ought to be checked out if this story is true.... the lottery itself has a license to steal with no winners out of that amount of money.

                I Agree! with atoz. Camelot is the Lottery organization over there in Britain and Scotland. I believe it is here in Illinois also. Keep an eye on them.

                 Lottery winners be aware. Desperate people do desperate things.

                 "We are all in this together!" 

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                  Stole rolls of Lottery tickets and didn't win a single penny... Sounds like the lottery has some explaining to do as well.

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                    I kinda feel sorry for him.

                    Only my hairdresser knows for sure.

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                      When I hear these stories about clerk lottery theft over many months, I always question the accounting and inventory control procedures in place at these stores. With proper procedures in place, this would be spotted in short order.

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                        I have no pity for this  person. The time now being used to work free 200 hours proof this person  had a another option a full or part - time 2nd Job. Not stealing. Think about it. He did it because he was in debt. Guess what he is about to be in more - debt . He has to repay the   people for the tickets. What ever debt that started this is still hanging over his head got to be paid with interest. Life goes on.

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                          I doubt he "didn't win a single penny.  " I sure he won small amounts but in the end, it was as if he didn't win a si.gle penny. He has more debt now than ever before.

                          I believe in Occam's razor:

                          The Simplest Answer is Usually Correct.Yes Nod

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                            I doubt he "didn't win a single penny.  " I sure he won small amounts but in the end, it was as if he didn't win a si.gle penny. He has more debt now than ever before.

                            I agree. If the statement was just from him "and I didn't even win a penny!", and not the lottery, it might be him trying to get compassion, and it appears to have worked. In America, if you steal $2,000, you are going to jail. Even just 30 days would be better than that slap on the wrist. But it's Europe where they feel sorry for stupid people.

                            In the state of Texas, every roll of scratch-offs has a guaranteed number of winners. It's posted on their website. If this lottery simply prints winners at random, then there's a chance that every stolen scratch-off was a loser, but it's highly unlikely, so I'm sticking with my theory that he's not only a thief, but a liar as well.

                            Shame!