He STOLE $1,500 In Lottery Tickets. The Amount That He Won Will Blow You Away…
A ‘desperate’ debt-ridden Scottish bloke stole over $1,600 worth of lottery scratch tickets from the store where he worked, and didn’t win a single penny.
This story reminds me of “karma,” a Hindu and Buddhist belief that a person’s actions in this life are viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. The phrase “what goes around comes around” is the exact definition of the fate of this man.
Andrew Lochrie, 28, swiped a whole bunch of instant win tickets in hopes of clearing his mounting debts, but there wasn’t a single winning ticket. In fact, he’s now wound up in MORE debt because he’s been ordered to pay back the Co-op of those stolen tickets.
Already down on his luck, the man apparently had absolutely no luck with the lottery either.
“That is a lesson in itself that £1,500 (over $1,600 USD) worth of scratch cards didn’t yield anything,” Greenock Sheriff Andrew McIntyre said.
According to the Greenock Telegraph, the man was ordered to pay back the value of tickets he stole after pleading guilty in court this week. The sheriff told the man in court “this was a hopeless attempt by you to address your problem.”
“One-thousand-five-hundred pounds is a significant amount for an employer to lose and you were in a position of trust,” McIntyre said. “This offence crosses the threshold for prison but I must consider whether there are any alternatives to that.”
Lochrie was also ordered to complete 200 hundred hours of community service within a nine-month period.
“He is filled with shame and regret,” Lochrie's lawyer said. “This was an act of desperation at a desperate time.”
So next time you’re thinking about cheating fate, keep in mind that karma might be waiting at your door, ready to strike with scratched-off lotto ticket losers.