Florida Cashier Tells Man His $600 Lottery Ticket Is Only Worth $5
A lottery ticket cashier in Fort Myers, Florida, is accused of pocketing a man’s $600 winning lottery ticket and giving him $5 instead.
Crystelle Baton, 42, thought she was scamming a normal lottery player. But the man was actually an undercover agent.
She was charged with larceny grand theft in January, according to the Lee County Inmates page. She posted a bond of $5000.
Baton was working at a register located in Winn-Dixie Liquors on Gladiolus Drive when the “customer” approached her with the winning ticket.
Investigators said after she realized there was a $600 prize, she sneakily pulled $5 out of her purse and told the man that was all he won, according to NBC2.
“Anyone that is working in a customer service job, you think that they are doing what is in your best interest. I would be very upset if someone took that from me,” customer Nadina Puzic told the network.
The agent, who worked for the Lottery’s security division, soon returned back to the store to bust her.
Later it was found that Baton kept the winning ticket inside her notebook, according to NBC2.
The Winn-Dixie store responded to the incident saying in a statement that she had been fired.
“We are taking this matter very seriously as the trust and safety of our customers is our highest priority. The associate’s employment has been terminated,” according to the Miami Herald.
Authorities said that the incident was a part of an integrity investigation to make sure cashiers are doing their job correctly.
Comments on social media suggested others ways for people to avoid being scammed by clerks.
Baton’s trial is set for Feb. 26.