Deputies arrested two store workers in Pinellas County after they allegedly lied to undercover agents about their winning lottery tickets.
The agents were conducting an undercover investigation at stores that sell lottery tickets in Pinellas County.
The undercover agents posed as customers who wanted their lottery tickets checked to see if they were winners. The agents gave the store clerks a lottery scratch-off ticket that was known to be a $2,000 winner and also gave the clerks a ticket that was known to be a non-winner.
Investigators say Salam Fakir told an undercover agent that she had won $10 off a scratch-off ticket at the Tiger Mart store located at 901 4th Street North in St. Petersburg.
The ticket, however, was worth $2,000. That winning ticket was found on the counter area near the lottery terminal and the officer’s non-winning ticket was found in the trash.
In another store, officers arrested Mohammed Jamel-Uddin who worked at the Quick Stop store, located at 6625 Seminole Boulevard.
Investigators said he told the officer that her winning ticket was not worth anything.
That ticket was found by investigators in a top area of a trash can, intact. The non-winning ticket was ripped in pieces near the can.
Both are facing grand theft charges.