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Stolen money allegedly used to buy $1M lottery ticket

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 1, 2016 10:13 AM
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(Orwigsburg) --  State police say couple who helped steal more than $175,000 from a grocery store where both worked used that money to buy a winning $1 million Pennsylvania lottery ticket.

51-year-old Joan Lechleitner, her fiance, 54-year-old Terry Titus, and two others have been charged with stealing from the Agway store in Cressona, Schuylkill County.

Police say they rang up bogus returns and pocketed the money from May 2011 until March. 

Troopers say some stolen money was used to buy lottery tickets, including the Cash 5 ticket worth more than $1 million on Sept. 11.

Lottery officials say four winners split the prize, with Lechleitner winning $261,905.

She had previously told the (Pottsville) Republican Herald that Titus -- a manager at the store -- bought the ticket.  
   
    

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