Winning Tickets Not So Lucky For Long Island Lottery Thieves

WILLISTON PARK, NY (WCBS 880) – Police on Long Island say three people stole beer, cigarettes, and dozens of lottery tickets from a Williston Park store.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

First they drank the stolen beer and then, when they scratched off the tickets, there were a few winners.

Nassau County police Lt. Raymond Cote said the men thought they would be slick and give the winners to a few friends to cash in, so they would not get caught.

But each ticket is stamped with a specific number.

“The lottery authority knows the sequential order of all those tickets that have been stolen. Now, with that information, they’re able to determine that one of those tickets that was in that stack was just cashed,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

He said detectives tracked down one of the friends who cashed a lottery ticket and that friend turned in the three alleged thieves.

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One Comment

  1. Cindy says:

    In the 1970s in Angola, Indiana we had two dumb thieves. One had broken into an electronics store through the roof and taken a stereo system. He was caught breaking back in again when he got a guilty conscience and decided to return the stereo. The second time a bank robber got caught when, after robbing the bank, he walked home in the snow. Police simply followed his footprints and arrested him at his home.

  2. 3 bad thieves says:

    Lol stealing lotto tickets how dumb can you be.You will get caught 100% of the time.

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