In Newport News, Virginia, Jack Lavoie has purchased lottery tickets from the same Shell gas station for a decade, so he was shocked when store clerk Susan Perez allegedly tricked him out of his winning $600 lottery ticket.
Lavoie claims that Perez told him his prize was only $40, and allegedly pocketed the remaining $560.
Lavoie thought he had only gotten three of the winning numbers, but his son found that he had gotten four numbers and called to congratulate him.
The Shell gas station clerk, Perez, told Lavoie that his winning ticket had been lost. Lavoie went to the Virginia Lottery and Perez was, later, indicted on felony larceny charges.
Lavoie says that if Perez had told him that she needed the money, he would have given it to her.