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Published 19/08/2011 | 18:12

An Austrian man is in jail after stealing lottery tickets worth 70,000 euro
An Austrian man is in jail after stealing lottery tickets worth 70,000 euro

An Austrian man is in jail after stealing lottery tickets worth 70,000 euro (£61,000) - without ever winning the jackpot.

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The national prosecutor's office in Leoben said the unidentified 51-year-old man has confessed to the heist. They said he pocketed instant tickets valued at about 70,000 euro over several years from a local shop.

Each ticket costs one euro (87p). The maximum payout is 100,000 euro (£87,000). The prosecutor's office said none of the stolen tickets resulted in a large win.

The theft was discovered after the shop owner noticed bookkeeping discrepancies between the number of tickets sold and the profits from their sale.

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