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July 13, 2010

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July, 2010 | Consumer Protection

Lottery Investigators Help Catch Embezzling Suspect


SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery today announced that its investigators, in cooperation with Primm Resort security staff, helped gather evidence that has led to the arrest and charging of a 61-year-old woman accused of embezzling $621,000 worth of Lottery products from a major Lottery retailer.

Based on evidence gathered by investigators from the Lottery’s Security and Law Enforcement Division, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Peggy Blomstedt, former Primm Lottery store manager. She is accused of stealing Lottery products while working for the Primm Resort, located at Interstate 15 at State Line, Nipton, California.

Blomstedt is no longer employed by the Primm Resort. She resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she was arrested on the California warrant. Lottery Investigators extradited Blomstedt from Las Vegas and booked her into the San Bernardino County Jail.

She has been charged with felony embezzlement (508 Penal Code), which carries a maximum penalty of five years state prison, plus fines and potential court-ordered restitution.

The California Lottery has one of the largest and most effective security forces of any lottery in the nation. Lottery investigators are dedicated to ensuring the integrity of Lottery games so players can trust that they are always being treated fairly.

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail commissions. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed more than $22 billion to education.

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