Scratch Card Win Ends Up Jailed

A man by the name of David Rukhadze, aged 23, thought that he’d won a $10,000 lottery prize by playing the $10,000 Pay Day Scratch card game. However, he actually ended up getting arrested after his lottery win and lost out on all of his winnings. Read the full story here. 

David comes from Middlesex Borough in New Jersey, USA. He decided to buy a $10,000 prize scratch card from the Acme Market, 125 Bound Brook Road in Middlesex Borough. However, it is alleged that the money used to buy the winning scratch card actually came from a stolen lottery ticket. Oh, dear...

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This is the most recent case of lottery controversy since the Australian Powerball winner who was sued by his co-workers for apparently stealing the winning ticket belonging to the lottery syndicate group. There was also another incident of lottery theft in New York where Barbara Quiles claimed that her daughter allegedly stole her winnings after claiming the prize. 

Here is how this incident rolled out: An officer by the name of Sean Flanagan had been contacted by the store saying that some lottery tickets had been stolen. Upon checking the store’s surveillance video, it was revealed that on the 30th of May, a customer in the store had come in and stolen five scratch cards. This allegedly even happened on two separate occasions. Lottery tickets can be a very popular target for thieves. We previously reported on how Deborah M. Dominowski was arrested for stealing lottery tickets from a gas station. 

Just like Brenden Patrick McCree from Minneapolis who got arrested for cashing in stolen lottery tickets, David here drew attention to himself after he made an attempt to cash in his own $10,000 winning scratch card ticket. It was this cashing in on the prize sum that led to him being notified to the police and arrested. Allegedly, Officer Sean Flanagan said that the suspected lottery thief had already cashed in another of the stolen lottery tickets, winning him $20. It was the proceeds from that win which was used to buy more lottery tickets, including the one that won him $10,000. 

Instead of celebrating his big lottery win, the Middlesex Borough resident has been arrested and charged with shoplifting. In addition to that charge, his $10,000 Pay Day scratch card has been seized by the police and returned to the state’s Division of Lottery. Interestingly enough, the act of lottery fraud is no stranger to New Jersey after we previously told you how lottery wins were being claimed left right and centre using the names of the deceased ticket owners. 

Now, David the 23-year-old lottery ticket thief could find himself facing a jail sentence similar to EuroMillions winner Ryan Magee who appeared in court for his trial earlier this month.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, this just goes to show that crime doesn’t pay. It’s safer to play online, where your ticket can never be lost or stolen, and we guarantee a 100% full payout to all our lucky winners. 

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