Picture this...you play the lottery regularly hoping to one day strike it big, you match 5 out of 6 numbers so you are absolutely elated, and then you rush down to the nearest lottery cashier to find out you only won a measly $5!
That sounds like a modern day horror story to us and the most shocking part is that your cashier scammed you and stole your ticket to cash in the rest of your $600 winnings!
We wish we could say this was a made up story, but it is 100% true. Learn more about the cashier turned lottery winnings scammer below.
The Stolen Winning Ticket
If you are still buying lottery tickets at your local shop, make sure that you are extra cautious whenever you go in to claim your winnings.
Unfortunately, store clerks have quite a long history of pretending to discard lottery tickets that they told customers were worthless just so that they could keep it and claim the lottery winnings for themselves.
This is exactly what Crystelle Yvette Baton, 42, tried to pull while working as a store clerk at Winn-Dixie Liquors in Fort Myers, Florida USA.
A random mystery customer went to Crystelle’s counter to claim his lottery ticket winnings for matching 5 out of 6 numbers. Crystelle scanned the lottery ticket and realised that it was worth $600. She then did the unthinkable, instead of paying the man his full lottery winnings, she gave him $5 that she secretly took out of her own purse. The man took it and left the store, seemingly none the wiser.
Justice is Served
Unluckily for Crystelle, she picked the wrong lottery winner to try and scam. This man wasn’t just any random customer, but he was actually an undercover police officer!
He returned to the store a few minutes later, revealed his true identity and told her that he was on to her. He searched her things and found his winning lottery ticket stashed away in her personal notebook.
Watch the video below to hear more about this story and how she was brought to justice.
PlayHugeLottos.com Lottery Winnings Guarantee
Luckily for you, this would never be possible to do if you buy your entries from PlayHugeLottos.com. Here is how we do things to make sure that you, and your money, are safe and well looked after at all times:
Lottery Winning Process
As soon as a lottery draw happens, the results of the draw are immediately cross checked with your picked entry numbers by an infallible computer. The results of the draw, along with how many numbers you matched and the amount you won, is then automatically emailed to you (which is why it is so important to mark us as a safe sender in your email box).
If you have won anything under $200, we will immediately deposit it in your PlayHugeLottos.com account. If you have won over $200 then you will be contacted by one of our friendly Customer Support agents to inform you of the good news and give you any advice that you may need.
Making a Withdrawal
The minimum withdrawal amount on our website, PlayHugeLottos.com, is $15. If you have $15 or more in your account, you can easily request a withdrawal to your bank account by simply entering your details on the Cash Withdrawal page.
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