Man claims CVS employee stole his winning lottery ticket

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A lawsuit filed in Illinois claims that a CVS employee stole a customers winning $1 million scratch-off lottery card.

Carlos Figueroa’s lawsuit was filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court. He claims that he purchased a “Merry Millionaire” instant scratch-off ticket on Oct. 30 at a CVS, through a vending machine. The dispensing machine reportedly malfunctioned, cutting his card in half.

When he informed a CVS employee, Figueroa says he was “coerced” to hand over half of the ticket, as the employee told him it would be checked to see if it was a winner, according to the Chicago Tribune. Then, Figueroa claims, 20 minutes later the employer gave him half of a different lottery ticket back. The ticket he was given was not a winner.

He demanded that his original ticket be given to him, but he claims it wasn’t.

“(Figueroa) is in need of immediate relief in that unless the (CVS employee) and the Illinois Lottery Board is restrained… he will suffer immediate and irreparable harm,” the lawsuit says, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

Figueroa is pursuing an order for the lottery board, asking that they recognize him as the rightful owner of the ticket, as he seeks to prevent the Illinois Lottery Board from paying out the winnings to the CVS employee.

The case will be heard on March 19, according to court reports.

Fox News reports that requests to reach Illinois lottery officials and CVS representatives were unsuccessful.

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