BALTIMORE, Md. - A former Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency employee pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to two counts of felony theft over $10,000 after admitting he used his job to steal lottery tickets and claim winnings, according Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler.
Mark Barron Hantske, 59, of Lothian, admitted that between June 2008 and February 2012, while employed as a Lottery Sales Representative, Hantske used his position to steal more than 7,500 scratch-off lottery tickets from nine retailers. The tickets were valued at $99,600. Hantske then cashed in the winning stolen tickets and collected more than $67,000 in ill-gotten lottery winnings.
"This state employee thought he could hit the jackpot by using his insider access to steal lottery tickets," said Gansler in a statement. "Instead, he's paying the price for illegally attempting to defraud the public."
Hantske is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 11.
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