A Canadian woman accused of buying a lottery ticket using a stolen credit card was arrested while she was on her way to the lottery office.
When she attempted to claim her $50,000 prize for her ‘Super Crossword' scratch card at the Atlantic Lottery center in St. John's, Newfoundland Island, the 33-year-old lady was arrested by police waiting nearby.
The woman was caught red handed after a man reported to police last Wednesday that his wallet had been stolen. He then learned his credit cards were being used to make many purchases in the town of Paradise, including a winning lottery ticket. The female suspect was identified through a CCTV at a store in Newfoundland where the tickets were bought.
When the news circulated in social media sites, people were pleased upon hearing of the karmic justice, but one thing kept them curious - who then would be eligible for claiming the $50,000 prize? Speculations were posted on Reddit saying the money should go to: the actual owner of the credit card used to buy the lottery ticket, the credit card company, the store where the winning ticket was sold, or to the police (could be counted as proceeds of crime).
Of course, the lady suspect will definitely not be given the reward, but unfortunately for the actual credit card owner, he will also not receive it. The Atlantic Lottery stated their policy says they can only pay prizes for ‘lawfully acquired tickets'.
What that means is the $50,000 will most likely be sent into the corporation's "unclaimed prize fund", which will then be added to future jackpots.
As for the woman who won the jackpot fair and square but sadly used a credit card that's not hers, she's now facing two counts of possessing a stolen credit card and five counts of fraud.