- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say a former Ohio Lottery Commission employee stole $115,000 in instant lottery tickets and cashed $70,000 worth of winners in 2012 and 2013.

An Ohio Inspector General’s office report released Monday says David Dragelevich (druh-GEL’-uh-vich) would keep tickets returned from an unidentified retailer, then enter in a lottery database that they’d been resold and cash out winning tickets. The report says Dragelevich told State Highway Patrol investigators he cashed some tickets.

The 40-year-old man from the Youngstown suburb of Poland was indicted in 2013 on a theft in office charge in Mahoning County. That case is pending.

His attorney didn’t return messages seeking comment Monday. Dragelevich resigned in January 2014.

Authorities say the scheme was uncovered after a supervisor found scratched-off instant tickets in his state-issued van.

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