Friday June 15, 2012 : STORE CLERK TRIED TO CON LOTTERY WINNER
Punter offered GBP20 for a GBP 80,000 winning ticket
Police in Gravesend, UK are believed to be investigating a convenience store clerk – since dismissed – who apparently tried to con a lottery winner out of a major win.
Lottery punter Callum Crosier, who was entrusted with the ticket by a workplace syndicate, proved a little too canny to be taken in by the clerk's assertion that he had won only a GBP20 prize and retained his ticket, later checking with the lottery to find that it had actually won GBP 79,887.
The lottery's security department launched an investigation and reported the issue to the local police, at the same time suspending all sales of its tickets at the store in question.
The shop owner's son told local reporters that the clerk had been fired, but that he had claimed that he was innocent of wrongdoing, and had merely made a mistake whilst distracted.