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.
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.