It was a bad bet by two people who stole the lottery ticket display from a Newark liquor store.
Although the display included instant tickets, which can be instantly cashed, the tickets were quickly marked as stolen and invalidated — and are now worthless.
“Even if they got out, they wouldn’t be able to cash them,” a Delaware Lottery official explained.
The theft occurred about 6:15 p.m. Friday at the Dash Discount Liquors on Elkton Road.
“During the theft, a male and female suspect entered the business,” Newark police said. “The female suspect engaged an employee in conversation while the male suspect removed the entire display of lottery tickets from the front counter. Both suspects fled the store on on foot towards Maryland with the male suspect carrying the lottery ticket display.”
Police described one as a “black male, tall, thin and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, tan boots lined with fur and a blue glove.” The other suspect is white or hispanic with tattoos on her left arm.
Newark police characterized the case as a felony theft, meaning what was stolen was worth more than $1,500. Anyone with tips is asked to reach out to police officer Robert Young at 302-366-7100 ext. 3588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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