FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
TALLAHASSEE LOTTERY RETAILER TERMINATED;
STORE CLERK ARRESTED
TALLAHASSEE - This week, agents with the Florida Lottery's Division of Security concluded an investigation that led to the termination of a Florida Lottery retailer and the arrest of a Florida Lottery retail clerk in Tallahassee.
Hutendra Bahadur Shahi, a store clerk at Stop N Shop, located at 980 West Brevard Street in Tallahassee, was arrested and charged with one count of Grand Theft (violation of section 812.014 ? 2(a)1, Florida Statutes), one count of Organized Scheme to Defraud (violation of section 817.034.4(a)1, Florida Statutes), and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence (violation of section 918.13, Florida Statutes).
The Florida Lottery strives to protect the integrity of our games so players and retailers alike can be confident in the games we provide to benefit Florida's students and schools. Our Division of Security is essential to ensuring the fairness of these games and works to identify, and take action against, any fraudulent activity involving our games. If you notice any suspicious activity involving Lottery games, please immediately contact the Lottery's Division of Security at (850) 487-7730. The earlier you report suspicious activity the easier it is to investigate.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $32 billion to education and sending more than 775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $56.3 billion in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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