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Lottery loser: Woman accused of stealing, cashing in scratch-off tickets

A former manager at Bennett’s Grocery & Deli is accused of stealing bundles of scratch-off tickets from work, then redeeming more than $4,000 in winnings.

Traci Rennee Moore, 46, of Burleson, was arrested Tuesday on charges of claiming a lottery prize through fraud ($200 to $10,000), a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $4,000 fine.

According to Burleson spokeswoman DeAnna Phillips, Moore had been working as a manager at Bennett’s Grocery & Deli, 1465 E Renfro St., when she allegedly stole eight bundles of scratch-off tickets.

Phillips said about half-a-dozen types of tickets were stolen, including Millionaire’s Club, The Big Money Super Ticket and Super Weekly Grand.

Moore then allegedly redeemed more than $4,000 in winning tickets at different locations, including in Burleson and Fort Worth, Phillips said.

The owner of Bennett’s reported the suspected theft July 26 to Burleson police. An investigation was started and on Tuesday, Moore was arrested, Phillips said.

Owner Tommy Bennett declined to comment Wednesday.

Moore remained held in the Mansfield jail Wednesday with bail set at $10,000 in the case. She was also being held on a $675 fine in connection with an unrelated theft case out of Crowley, jail records show.

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