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Bail Set for Alleged Lottery Ticket Thief

8 January 2004

ILLINOIS – As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "A Cook County judge set bail at $25,000 Wednesday for a Chicago Board Options Exchange clerk accused of swiping her co-workers' winning $175,000 lottery ticket.

"But Dora Leal's attorney insisted the clerk thought the Mega Millions ticket was worth less than $10 and that there was no chicanery intended -- she just misplaced the ticket.

"…Police charged Leal, 44, of North Spaulding Avenue, with felony theft for allegedly pocketing the ticket on Dec. 31. A group of 16 CBOE traders had given Leal a stack of tickets to take to a nearby store to check for winners. She returned all of the tickets except for the winner, police said.

"Birju Shah, the owner of the store that sold the ticket, has said Leal was told the ticket's value and was taken into a back office, where Leal signed the ticket's back. It was then photocopied at the store, along with a receipt showing it was a $175,000 winner…"

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