Ex-Store Clerk Stole $50,000 Worth of Pennsylvania Lottery Tickets: Police

Police have charged a former cigarette store clerk with stealing nearly $50,000 worth of Pennsylvania lottery scratch-off tickets while she worked.

The (Somerset) Daily-American reports 58-year-old Linda Porter, of Meyersdale, took $300 to $500 worth of tickets each shift she worked between December and July at the Tobacco Alley store in her hometown of Meyersdale.

All told, police say she stole $48,996 worth of tickets, and cashed in an unspecified number of winners.

Police say store surveillance video shows Porter tearing off the tickets from a dispenser, scratching them off and throwing them away while she worked alone during one shift last month.

The Associated Press could not locate a listed phone number for Porter. Online court records don't list an attorney for her, but say she faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 13.

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