- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

WINCHESTER, Ind. (AP) - In a reversal of fortunes, a winner of a $900 Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket faces prosecution for buying the ticket at the liquor store where he worked.

Mickey Stone, 36, of Winchester was charged last week with unlawful purchase of a lottery ticket by an employee, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

Authorities allege that Stone violated state law when purchasing the ticket June 6 at Hughes Pic-A-Pac in Winchester, about 70 miles northeast of Indianapolis. He had worked there about a year.

The Star Press reports (http://tspne.ws/1rOgUvW ) that the winning ticket was redeemed June 24 at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.

Hoosier Lottery investigator Michael Bare said in a report that Stone, in an interview at the liquor store, initially maintained he bought the ticket in Huntington.

“I reminded Stone that, when the lottery ships tickets to one of its 4,400 retailers, they are in an inactive or inert state,” Bare wrote. “In order for tickets to be recognized by the computer system, they must be activated. This can only be done at the lottery terminal in the store to which the lottery tickets were sold by the lottery.”

The investigator wrote that Stone eventually admitted that he bought the ticket at the Pic-A-Pac and knew it was illegal for him to do so.

Bare told Stone that returning his winnings “might influence” a decision on whether a criminal charge was filed.

“Stone suggested that he might make payments to the lottery, but I declined that idea,” the investigator added.

An initial hearing in the case is set for Nov. 12 in Randolph Superior Court.

Stone doesn’t have a published home telephone number and he couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com

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