Stolen Lottery Ticket Becomes $25,000 Winner

A stolen lottery ticket in Lincoln County ended up being more valuable than anyone realized.

Police say the Pick 4 ticket was one of 175 stolen from a gas station in Hustonville.

Police say an employee illegally produced the tickets, then took off.

After arresting him, and his wife, police took all of the tickets, only to discover one was a $25,000 winner.

Now, that winning ticket is evidence, which means no one will get to cash it until the case is closed.

And even then, to get the winning ticket, the rightful owner, which is now the owner of the very store robbed, will have to pay for all the tickets illegally printed out.

Both people arrested in connection with the lottery ticket theft have since posted bond from the Lincoln County Jail.


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  • by Expand this! on May 9, 2008 at 12:39 PM
    Somebody's gonna be an idiot, might as well be you. A fool and his money soon part, that fool is the person who throws away money on lottery tickets.
  • by holly Location: ky on May 9, 2008 at 09:02 AM
    hey wow. just wanted to let you know that the other incident you are referring to happened about 15 miles down the road from this one in lincoln county. sad, huh?
  • by sick of lottery Location: ky on May 9, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    i am so sick of this lottery.i wish they would quit selling it.i live with an addicted husband and it wastes so much he has spent more than 25000 dollars.cant handle it any longer.headed for divorce court .thanks lottery after 36 of being together.
  • by yoyo Location: lincoln county on May 9, 2008 at 05:24 AM
    I have a small store of my owen that the same thing happen to me. One of the people working for me as getting me for about 50 bucks worth of tickets. The ky lotto was very helpful to find out what time they were stilling from me. But I still had to pay for the tickets even though I could prove thy were stolen from me.
  • by holly Location: ky on May 8, 2008 at 10:17 PM
    I bet the $25,000 is more than the stolen amount. So after the case is closed, seems like the store owner will come out ahead! Hopefully that is what will happen! Bad guys never win!!!!!
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on May 8, 2008 at 09:51 PM
    Seems this is a yearly occurance now. Anyone remember the whole book of scratch offs stolen by employees somewhere else in ky? I wonder how many stories arent reported because it involves store owners familys. I know for a fact of one in bybee less than 6 years ago when a former store owners son stole so many that about 3 innocent employees where fired but not charged for his crime.
  • by JJ Location: Bear Branch on May 8, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    Well, I will feel safe to say that the cost of the 175 tickets would be nowhere near $25,000. So the store owner will come out to the good on that deal!
  • by ? Location: Ky on May 8, 2008 at 07:05 PM
    names please

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