A 62-year-old woman accused of stealing lottery winnings was arrested Monday afternoon, according to the Olympia Police department.
Washington State Lottery officials began an investigation after receiving reports that a clerk at Steilacoom Marine Services in Steilacoom had been switching high-dollar winning tickets for less valuable tickets, said department spokeswoman Laura Wohl.
Undercover lottery investigators went into the store with a $1,000 winning lottery ticket and presented it to the clerk, asking her to check and see if it was a winner. The woman ran the ticket and said it was worth $3.
A short time later, the woman went to the Washington State Lottery headquarters in Olympia to claim the $1,000 prize. Lottery officials called the police and the woman was arrested.
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The woman told officers that she must have mixed up the ticket with another ticket at the sales counter, and that she thought the $1,000 ticket was the one she bought. She also told officers that she had been selling and checking lottery tickets for 30 years.