The most expensive scratch tickets sell for $20 and $30. (Washington State Lottery)

The most expensive scratch tickets sell for $20 and $30. (Washington State Lottery)

Police: Everett couple stole $22K in state lottery tickets

They allegedly swiped the tickets while one of them worked at a gas station — and won more than $14,000.

EVERETT — An Everett couple’s luck ran out last week when they were arrested for allegedly stealing $22,050 worth of Washington State Lottery scratch tickets while one of the suspects was employed at a gas station.

Everett police reported that a 30-year-old woman used her position to pilfer 50 bundles of high-priced scratch tickets over five months as a convenience store employee on the 3100 block of Broadway last year.

The suspect, along with her wife, 35, then allegedly redeemed the tickets for $14,175 in prize money. The 35-year-old suspect also worked at the gas station, but quit the same day she was hired.

Suspicions were raised after the 30-year-old posed as a state lottery employee at a different gas station and attempted to activate more of the stolen lottery tickets, documents say.

Employees of the store contacted Washington State Lottery investigators, who traced the tickets to the gas station on Broadway. There, the owner identified the suspect as his previous employee.

Cross-examining employee time sheets and ticket activation times, investigators determined that between February and September 2018, the employee activated 49 of 50 bundles during the waning hours of her shifts at the gas station.

Using traceable serial numbers, investigators tracked when and where the suspects collected winning prize money. Video evidence from a grocery store showed both women redeeming stolen tickets 13 times for more than $3,800, according to the police report.

The women were booked into the Snohomish County Jail on May 30 for investigation of first-degree theft. The 30-year-old woman also is being investigated for criminal impersonation for allegedly presenting herself as a state lottery employee.

“The integrity of Washington’s Lottery is our foremost concern. Without it, we could not be successful,” Kristi Weeks, director of legal services for Washington’s Lottery, said via email. “We investigate all reports of stolen or altered tickets, and involve local law enforcement as appropriate. In addition to potential theft charges, claiming a lottery prize by means of fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, or altering or forging a ticket, is a separate felony under state law.”

In fiscal year 2017, the Washington State Lottery reported ticket sales of $736.7 million.

Ian Davis-Leonard: 425-339-3449; idavisleonard@heraldnet.com. Twitter: IanDavisLeonard.

Talk to us

More in Local News

A driver struck a woman in a motorized wheelchair Saturday in Lynnwood. (Lynnwood police)
Woman on wheelchair hit by car in Lynnwood, seriously hurt

The woman was on a sidewalk, passing by a drive-thru in Lynnwood, when a driver pulled out and hit her.

A barge worker hauls in an oil boom before heading off with the remains of the Mukilteo Ferry Dock ramp and pier on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. With the new dock in operation, all that is left is to tear down the old ticket building. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Old Mukilteo ferry dock afloat on the barge of ‘Lincoln Logs’

The haul included 213 wood pilings, 15 concrete pilings, 47 steel pilings and a “Speed Limit 15” sign.

State Patrol worker from Everett charged with attempted child rape

Trevor Smith worked as a commercial vehicle enforcement officer assigned inspecting school buses.

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, the Legislative Building is shown partially shrouded in fog at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Under the bill, starting Jan. 1, 2022, for taxes due in 2023, a 1% tax would be levied not on income, but on "extraordinary" assets ranging from cash, publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Federal package could drive more than $10B to Washington

The state would get $7.6B for COVID response, schools and child care. Snohomish County is in line for $160M.

Samantha Lake
Missing girl, 12, found safely

Seattle FBI located Samantha Lake on Friday.

Everett man identified after being found dead in creek

The cause of death for Renee Baltazar Romero remained under investigation Thursday.

Jeanette Ho Shin Weddell, 96, died of COVID-19 on Dec. 29, 2020. (Contributed photo)
Marysville grandmother, 96, was one in half a million lost

In a week when the president took time to mourn COVID deaths, local families were grieving, too.

An access road leads into plot of land located in north Darrington that could potentially be used to build a 30-acre Wood Innovation Center, which will house CLT manufacturing and modular building companies on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
$6 million grant is green light for Darrington timber center

The Darrington Wood Innovation Center is set to become a reality — bringing roughly 150 jobs with it.

Report shows vaccine inequities in Snohomish County

The county’s Hispanic population is getting doses at a third of the rate of white residents.

Most Read