A 33-year-old Canadian woman's fortune quickly turned into fraud charges last week when it was discovered that she purchased a jackpot-winning lottery ticket with a stolen credit card. The woman tried to claim her prize in St. John's, Newfoundland last week - instead, she was handed five counts of fraud and two counts of possessing a stolen credit card.
CBC reports that last Wednesday, local police received a call from a man who had his wallet stolen. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the man's credit cards had been used to make several purchases in the town of Paradise, Newfoundland.
One of those purchases was a winning lottery ticket. Police did not disclose the amount that was won, but they did say it was "large". Most importantly, the woman didn't get to keep the money.
Police were able to track her down and arrested her as she went to the Atlantic Lottery Corporations office in St. John's. Royal Newfoundland Constabulary laid the charges Thursday. She was released to appear in court.
Police also say that the 46-year-old woman who drove her to the lottery office was ticketed as well. The tickets were for driving with a suspended license and without insurance. The car was impounded by police.
CBC says its unclear what will happen with the winning proceeds, but Canadians believe that it's unlikely that it will be handed off to the owner of the credit card.
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