Stolen lottery tickets win draw, man arrested while trying to cash in tickets


Thrissur West Police officers who were investigating the case learned that the 12 stolen lottery tickets of a single series had won Rs 5000 each in the lottery draw. They anticipated that the thief would try to cash in the tickets and alerted ticket shops and lottery agencies in and around Thrissur.

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Thrissur: A man walked into Amma lottery agency near Ragam Theatre with lottery-winning tickets. The employee took the tickets and inspected it. 12 tickets in a single series. Each ticket had won around Rs 5,000 making a total sum of Rs 60,000.

The employee received the man and asked him to wait while he fetched the prize amount.

The wait did not last long. A police van came and stopped in front of the shop and asked the man to step into the police vehicle. The man, Stanley, a 55-year-old Kundannur native was arrested for theft.

Here is the story

On last August 25, a theft had taken place at a grocery store in Kuttankulangara near Punkunnam. The shopkeeper had lost Rs 15,000 and lottery tickets that were kept in the drawer of his table inside the store.

Thrissur West Police officers who were investigating the case learned that the 12 stolen lottery tickets of a single series had won Rs 5000 each in the lottery draw the next day. They anticipated that he would try to cash in the tickets and alerted ticket shops and lottery agencies in and around Thrissur. They also informed the District Lottery Office.

Stanley approached the lottery agency 12 days after the lottery draw. The shopkeeper realised that he had handed in the 12 tickets in the series that the police were looking for and handled the situation by tricking Stanley and informing the police.

The police said that Stanley admitted to having committed the crime during questioning.

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