An employee of the New Lisbon Travel Stop allegedly stole tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of scratch-off lottery tickets.
Marcina Meyer, 31, Camp Douglas, is charged with felony theft of movable property greater than $10,000 but less than $100,000, and theft of movable property greater than $5,000 but less than $10,000.
According to the criminal complaint:
New Lisbon police met with the manager of the New Lisbon Travel Stop on Oct. 1, 2019, regarding a theft complaint. The manager said a store employee, identified as Meyer, stole lottery tickets from the store. The theft was discovered when comparing the number of tickets purchased from the Wisconsin Lottery to what was left in the store after accounting for sales to customers. Of $11,500 in tickets purchased from the state lottery over a two-week period, the store found $7,613 in unaccounted-for tickets.
Video surveillance clips of Meyer working showed Meyer removing lottery tickets, scratching off the bottom of the ticket, scanning the ticket, and then throwing the ticket away if not a winner. At one point Meyer had thrown away enough tickets that she had to step on the tickets in the garbage can to make room. If the tickets were winners, Meyer would cash out the winnings.
Police interviewed Meyer, who admitted to stealing the tickets because she “needed the money.” Meyer stated she was uncertain of when the thefts began, how many she stole, or how much she received in winning ticket payouts, but confirmed the tickets she took were $10, $20, and $30 tickets. Meyer estimated the thefts had been taking place for about a month.
The manager provided the police with spreadsheets, which compared the store purchases of Wisconsin Lottery tickets to the sales of said tickets. According to the data provided, the discrepancies totaled more than $20,000 in net losses.
Police made contact with the state lottery, which provided information on payouts at the store while Meyer was working. Total payouts during the period totaled about $8,000.
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