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N.C. store clerk charged in lottery scam

Dec 31, 2012, 2:22 pm

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North Carolina Lottery

Police arrested a convenience store clerk Thursday after she allegedly told a customer his ticket wasn't a winner, then cashed the $50 winning ticket after the man left the store.

Kathleen Patricia McClusky, 19, of Clayton, was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses. She was working as a clerk at the Kangaroo Station on U.S. 70 in Clayton.

She was taken to the Johnston County jail under $15,000 bond.

The incident occurred Dec. 23 when Luis Flores-Bautista of Clayton gave McClusky two tickets. Police say McClusky told Flores-Bautista the first ticket was a winner and gave him $17. She told him the second ticket wasn't a winner and threw the ticket in trash.

After Flores-Bautista left the store, a friend suggested he retrieve the ticket. He took the ticket to another store where the clerk said the $50 winnings had already been claimed.

Clayton police worked with the store manager and the N.C. Lottery Commission, then charged McClusky with claiming the winnings.

Thanks to Original Bey for the tip.

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