July 2, 2013 – In the early hours of the morning in Lee County, Fla., an armed burglar came through the front door of a Circle K convenience store wielding a semi-automatic handgun.
The attendant at the store told police she was on her way out, leaving through the front door, when the man entered and raised his weapon.
She said she ran to the back office and locked herself inside while the robber grabbed his target – the Florida Lottery scratch-off case sitting on the store’s check-out counter.
Once he’s finished scratching off all those “free” lottery tickets, he’ll find out just how unlucky he is.
The Florida Lottery, and lotteries all over the world, keep a close watch on where their tickets go, how many are sold, and how much they need to pay out to winners.
If stolen tickets could really pay off, there’d probably be a lot more masked scratchers out there.
But because the Lottery is more than a $70 billion industry in the United States, it should come as no surprise that security on scratch-offs is tight – scratch-offs account for much of that $70 billion.
Serial numbers printed on every scratch-off card, like the ones stolen from the Circle K early this morning , allow state Lotteries to keep track of where each ticket is sold, how many winning tickets remain un-scratched, and how many tickets remain un-sold.
So whenever the lottery thief decides to cash in a winner out of what is likely hundreds of stolen scratch-offs, he’ll figure out the hard way that you can’t steal luck.