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Clayton store clerk accused in lottery scam

Posted December 28, 2012

— A 19-year-old Clayton convenience store clerk was arrested Thursday after police said she cashed a customer's winning lottery ticket and pocketed the money.

Kathleen Patricia McClusky, of 1406 Tulip St., is charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Clayton police said a customer called officers to the Kangaroo service station on U.S. Highway 70 Business West about 4 p.m. Sunday to report a theft. The 45-year-old man told officers that he bought three scratch-off tickets from the store and scratched them in the parking lot. He won $17 on one ticket and $50 on another.

The man said that, when he went back in the store to redeem his winnings, the clerk gave him $17 but told him the $50 ticket was not a winner and tossed it in the trash.

The customer left the store but returned to demand the ticket back. He then took the ticket to another store, where he was told it had already been redeemed.

Detective Brian Temple, working with the manager from the Kangaroo and the North Carolina Lottery Commission, determined the clerk had cashed the winning ticket and pocketed the $50.

McClusky was being held in the Johnston County jail under a $15,000 secured bond.


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  • welfarequeen Dec 28, 2012


  • Sanford_27330 Dec 28, 2012

    15K bond for 50 bucks.. Class H felony

  • ncmickey Dec 28, 2012

    I've seen stores in NJ lose their lottery licence over scams like this. NEVER give your ticket to the clerk to check if its a winner. Always check yourself.

  • dsdaughtry Dec 28, 2012

    in other states you can scan your own lottery ticket at lottery retailers. Im not sure why NC does not offer this service to its lottery customers? Things like this do not happen in states that allow scanning of your own lottery ticket.

  • westernwake1 Dec 28, 2012

    Criminal activities like this that undermine the trust in the state lottery should be punished harshly. (and they are).

    Hope it was worth the $50 for Kathleen McClusky.

  • IzzMad2016 Dec 28, 2012

    "Just another reason why we don't need the lottery."

    Why? Because somehow the lottery made this person into a thief? Ridiculous.

  • Terkel Dec 28, 2012

    mayhem, if we didn't have the lottery she'd shortchange him or steal outright from the cash drawer. The lottery doesn't dictate anyone's character.

  • gingerlynn Dec 28, 2012

    I NEVER let the cashier CHECK my numbers. I check them myself. JEEESH.

  • smcallah Dec 28, 2012

    "A thief is a thief no matter the amount. What if it was your $50 and you had planned to use it to put food on the table for you kids? No love for a thief."

    A thief is certainly a thief, you'll have no argument there. But if you planned to go win the lottery to put food on the table for your kids, you also need to change your priorities.

  • mayhem Dec 28, 2012

    Just another reason why we don't need the lottery.