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"Lottery sting might have caught clerks trying to cash in"

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Five convenience store employees and three accomplices are facing lottery fraud charges after they were caught by undercover investigators allegedly trying to cash in winning lottery tickets for themselves."

In December and January, the Minnesota State Lottery's security office and the state's Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement Division organized and executed a "sting operation." As written by the Star Tribune, the operation tested "whether employees at lottery retailers were lying to players about the value of their tickets and then trying to redeem the winnings."

Clint Harris, the Minnesota State Lottery's executive director, said he was proud that "the majority of the tested employees didn't give into temptation." Only 5 of the 186 stores in the metro area that were targeted did not pass.

Eight people were charged with felony lottery fraud at the investigation's conclusion, with charges that may include a maximum of five years in prison, a $25,000 fine or both.