There's a Lotto Crooks Behind the Cash Register

I always advise lottery players to NEVER hand a store clerk a bunch of tickets to run through the lotto terminal to check if they are winners. You may be unwittingy handing your lottery winnings over to a thief. Here’s just one example:

Two people have been arrested and accused of stealing winning lottery tickets from a store in Greensboro, NC. The News & Record of Greensboro reported ( the arrests were made following a sting operation last month. A detective presented a winning ticket at a store and the clerk ran it through the lottery computer. The clerk, Yogesh Jayantibhai Patel, 47, ran the Bonus Crossword Game ticket through the computer. Although the computer made a tone, indicating the ticket was a winner, Patel told the detective it was a loser, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Guilford County sheriff's office said Patel and 50-year-old Minaben Yogesh Patel cashed the ticket the next day.
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Cash Option:$29,900,000

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