Man arrested for stealing $73K on Lotto tickets

April 23, 2010 1:08:17 PM PDT
An assistant manager at a CVS pharmacy in Palo Alto who allegedly stole 268 packets of Scratchers lotto tickets worth $73,200 was arrested Thursday morning and is now in custody at Santa Clara County jail, lottery investigators said.

Investigators said they worked with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office to serve search and arrest warrants for the suspect, Adam Elhallak.

"While this crime involves only one employee at just one of our more than 22,000 authorized retailers, we demand that all our retailers be honest, treat our players fairly, and strictly adhere to our Retailer Code of Conduct," California Lottery Director Joan Borucki said.

Elhallak was booked on charges of grand theft and embezzlement. If convicted, he could face up to one year in county jail, a prison sentence, plus a fine and restitution.