- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities have accused a manager at a North Carolina grocery store of stealing more than a half-million dollars worth of lottery tickets.

Local news outlets report a warrant filed with the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Office said the customer service manager stole tickets from an Ingles store in Asheville for nearly two years.

The search warrant said the manager was fired from the job in March after admitting to Ingles in a handwritten statement to activating and taking lottery packs out of the store. The manager told store officials the money was needed to spend on prescriptions.

The warrant also said members of the manager’s family, including a niece, were named as co-conspirators for validating and cashing the tickets.

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