Columbia County authorities arrested a former convenience store clerk Thursday after the Martinez store owner accused her of scratching off lottery tickets while working.
Priyaben H. Chauhan, 22, of South Main Street in Swainsboro, Ga., was charged with attempting to influence the winning of a lottery prize.
The owner of the Fuel Express, 440 S. Belair Road, told deputies that he grew suspicious of Chauhan in May when her paperwork for lottery tickets came up short, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. He reviewed store surveillance video footage and saw Chauhan scratching off lottery tickets while she worked.
Chauhan would not pay for the tickets she used until she won, and then would repay the cash drawer for some or all that she owed, according to the report.
The owner said Chauhan recently won $50,000 on a scratch-off ticket and hasn’t shown up for work since.
Though he’s still conducting an inventory, the owner said he’s sure that Chauhan still owes about $100 for tickets, some paperwork and two store keys.
Chauhan was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday night after posting a $5,100 bond, according to jailers.