New Ulm Convenience Store Worker Allegedly Scammed Lottery Winner
New Ulm, MN (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a New Ulm man with lottery fraud after he allegedly told a woman she'd won $25 and pocketed her actual $1,000 prize.
The Mankato Free Press reports that 56-year-old Dwayne Smith was charged Friday in Brown County District Court. According to court documents, Smith was working as a clerk at a gas station Saturday when the woman showed him her lottery ticket after a self-service lottery machine told her to “see state lottery office.”
Smith told her she'd won $25 and gave her the money. He then allegedly pocketed the ticket and redeemed it at a regional lottery office for the true $1,000 prize.