Lottery Ticket Salesman Caught Cheating His Customer

Winner gets her money back

A very interesting lottery story with a lucky ending emerged this week, when it was announced that a winning lottery ticket for $88 000 was returned to its rightful owner, whereas the North Carolina convenience store owner who cheated the ticket owner and tried to take the prize for himself now faces the prospect of criminal action.

The whole story starts with Kecia Nehring Parker who has been using the same numbers on her lotto ticket selections for years. This particular time, in August 2010, Parker bought her winning ticket in the North Carolina State Education Lottery during a family vacation in Carolina Beach. The ticket was a winning one, but the local store owner Sureshbha Patel lied, telling her that it was not and keeping it until February 2011, when he decided to claim the prize. However, he was surprised to find that when ticket sellers claim prizes an additional level of security is applied by the lottery company.

Therefore, Patel never got the prize, and instead, he saw lottery sales indefinitely suspended at his outlet on Wednesday this week.

And, thanks to her same playing style, the real owner of the ticket - Parker - was found, and finally received the prize she earned, playing her usual combination of 9-13-16-17-21 in the Cash 5 game.

The news caught Parker by surprise, and she was delighted when she heard about the news. As for the unfortunate event with the lottery salesman, she said: "I had no idea I had won. I didn't check my tickets anymore. I just let them scan them in and tell me." She also specified that the $88 000 prize will be put aside for college costs for her two children.

As for Patel, it was stated by the police spokesmen that he was arrested and charged with felony larceny and attempting to obtain property by false pretenses, but that he was freed pending trial after posting a $50,000 bond.

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