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North Carolina lotto winner's spouse facing criminal charges

Winning the lottery is a dream that many Americans have taken a chance on at one time or another, purchasing a ticket in the hopes of winning a jackpot that could change their lives. For one North Carolina woman, winning the lottery has brought a great deal of trouble and stress. The young woman, a community college student pursuing a nursing degree, cashed in her winning $1 million lotto ticket in early July. Her husband was arrested shortly thereafter, and is facing criminal charges associated with stealing the ticket.

The man works at a Kangaroo Express gas station in North Carolina. The store is the location from which the winning ticket was allegedly stolen. He has been charged with larceny and possession of stolen goods over $100,000.

Lottery officials assert that there are a number of safeguards in place to avoid mishandling of lottery tickets and the award of prize money to those who obtain a winning ticket through fraud or other dishonest means. In this case, there is no mention of why the police and lottery officials allege that the ticket was stolen, other than the fact that the woman who won is married to an employee of the store that sold the ticket. At the same time, lottery officials have been vocal in the press claiming that this win was a fraud.

Lottery officials have accused the woman of conspiring with her husband to steal the ticket, but no charges have been filed against her in the case. The executive director of the North Carolina Education Lottery has said that the lottery will attempt to reclaim the $408,000 that was paid to the woman in a lump sum award, and that the money will be used in a future instant win lottery game. As for the couple involved in this alleged theft, they would be wise to seek professional guidance in defending against the current and any potential future criminal charges in the case.

Source: Business Insider, "North Carolina Busts A Gas Station Worker For Scamming The Lottery," Mandi Woodruff, July 12, 2012

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