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Former Md. lottery employee pleads guilty to stealing, redeeming scratch-off tickets

A former Maryland Lottery employee pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to stealing more than $99,000 worth of scratch-off tickets and redeeming them for $67,000, authorities said.

Mark Barron Hantske, 59, of Lothian used his position as a sales representative for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency to steal more than 7,500 lottery tickets from nine Anne Arundel retailers between June 2008 and February 2012, according to the Maryland attorney general’s office. He pleaded guilty last week.

The investigation was launched in February 2012 after a retailer raised questions about Hanske, according to Alan Brody, a spokesman for the attorney general. He added that the office does not think that anyone else was involved in the scam.

“This state employee thought he could hit the jackpot by using his insider access to steal lottery tickets,” Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said in a news release. “Instead, he’s paying the price for illegally attempting to defraud the public.”

Hantske pleaded guilty to two counts of felony theft over $10,000. He will be sentenced Sept. 11.

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