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March 4, 2014

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March, 2014 | Consumer Protection | Northern California

California Lottery Seeks Scratchers® Vending Machine Theft Suspects


Crooks Broke into Fremont Area Grocery Store Last Weekend

SACRAMENTO – Investigators from the California Lottery are asking for the public’s help in locating suspects who broke into a Lucky grocery store in Fremont over the weekend and made off with a Scratchers vending machine.

The thieves broke into the store, which is located on the 40000 block of Mission Boulevard, about 3 a.m. on Saturday. Police located the vending machine a few hours later just a couple blocks from the store location. Most of the cash had already been removed from the machine before the theft and Fremont police did recover most of the stolen tickets. Still, as a precaution the Lottery has “flagged” all suspected ticket numbers that may have been stolen.

All Lottery tickets are traceable and as soon as the suspects attempt to cash any winning tickets in their possession, Lottery investigators will immediately know their location. The Lottery is working with the Fremont Police Department on this case.

If you have information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect in the surveillance photo below, Lottery investigators ask that you call them at 1-800-LOTTERY and select option 4 to speak with an investigator.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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