Woman steals Eugene man’s lottery voucher

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Oregon Restaurant Services helped create Lottery Row by subdividing some of its cafes into two smaller shops. (KOIN)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Police say a Eugene man’s winning lottery voucher was taken by a woman sitting near him while he played video poker at CJ’s Restaurant.

The Register-Guard reports that police say the 31-year-old man was on a winning streak early Wednesday morning when he decided to step away from the machine for a moment. He hadn’t yet printed his ticket voucher.

Eugene police say a woman sitting nearby printed the winning ticket and ran out of the restaurant. Spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin would not say how much the winning ticket was worth.

Police say the victim followed the woman and kept 911 dispatchers updated on her location.

Officers say they found the woman and arrested her on an unrelated theft warrant. It’s unknown whether additional charges are pending against her.

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