Store Clerk Tries To Con Lotto Winner And Gets Caught

Going into a store to double check your lottery ticket holds some sort of excitement, even for those lottery players who doubt they will ever win. We all have hope and always hearing about other lottery winners who got the shock of their lives when they were told they have won millions, does resonate within all of us. But, have you ever considered the fact that just maybe, your ticket is a winning ticket and the clerk will try and con you?

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When you hand in your lottery ticket to be checked, you trust that you we will get the truth. So when you hear about a store clerk from Fort Myers, Florida, USA who was caught earlier this week for trying to scam a customer out of a Florida lottery ticket worth hundreds of dollars – giving him $5 in return it makes you a lot more vigilant.

Crystelle Yvette Baton, an employee at Winn-Dixie Liquors, was arrested for larceny grand theft as she was accused of keeping the $600 prize money and giving the customer $5 from her own wallet instead.

The scam however didn’t go according to plan for Baton, as the customer wasn’t actually a customer. He was an undercover agent working for the Florida Lottery Commission, employed to ensure that lottery employees play the games properly. Busted!

A lottery player from Indianapolis was also duped out of thousands of dollars because of a lottery scam, while a store worker from Coventry, England, was arrested for stealing winning National Lottery scratch off tickets worth $13,000.

Thankfully these stores are regularly checked keeping everyone on their toes. The Florida Lottery Commission said that random visits are often made to check up on lottery sellers and make sure that these kinds of things don’t happen.

“Anyone that is working in a customer service job, you think that they are doing what is in your best interest,” said one customer of the Winn-Dixie store in Fort Myers. “I would be very upset if someone took that from me.”

The store where the investigation happened later released a statement confirming that the employee’s contract had been terminated with immediate effect.

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