A Melrose, Massachusetts, convenience store lost its license to sell lottery tickets after the owner scammed a mentally disabled woman out of a scratch-off ticket worth $10,000. 


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The woman reportedly took her winning ticket to RD's Deli and Market, but was told by the owner it was just a $1,000 winner. He then gave her $930 and sent her on her way.

The woman's father contacted the Massachusetts State Lottery, which pulled store's license and got the woman the rest of her deserved cash.


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MyFoxBoston reported:

Lottery officials were able to determine the ticket sold was in fact a $10,000 winner and hadn't been redeemed yet. Lottery rules also state winning tickets of $600 or more must be claimed at a lottery office. The store's license to sell tickets was suspended on Dec. 11 at a hearing at the lottery headquarters in Braintree.

A lottery spokesperson issued a statement, saying in part:

"At the hearing, the owner returned the ticket, which was in fact a $10,000 winner and appeared to match the description provided by the family member. The hearing officer is in the process of issuing a decision terminating the agent's license."

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The ticket's rightful owner was finally able to claim her prize on Dec. 16, but now the whole thing really isn't sitting well with people who shop at this store.

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Lottery officials say they've never had issues with the store before and say they've contacted both Melrose Police and State Police about this.

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