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BUSTED: Michigan lottery sellers caught stealing winning tickets from customers

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Employees at stores that sell lottery tickets in Michigan have been caught scamming customers out of winning tickets by telling them they’d lost — and then reaping the prizes for themselves.

According to the Detroit Free Press, this racket has caused the Michigan Lottery Bureau to suspend the licenses of five retailers since 2016. Though they only represent a fraction of the 269 suspended in 2016, Michigan Lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield called it an “aberration.”

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In one case, a clerk at a liquor store in Clinton Township, Michigan told a customer their ticket hadn’t won and then tore it up. But instead, clerk Don Gallo took the ticket to a bureau office and redeemed it for $2,517. Soon after, lottery investigators discovered he hadn’t purchased the ticket at all, and suspended the license of the store, run by his wife Linda, for two weeks.

 

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Trump-loving evangelicals don’t want Mike Pence as president because he has too much ‘decency’: WaPo columnist

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Washington Post columnist Elizabeth Bruenig this week talked with Ana Marie Cox on her "With Friends Like These" podcast about how evangelical Christians have an almost apocalyptic fervor for supporting President Donald Trump.

Bruenig, who is herself a practicing Catholic, earlier this year traveled to her home state of Texas to get a sense of how evangelicals were feeling about politics headed into 2020.

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‘He’s ‘a sinister master manipulator’: Why Trump’s narcissistic bullying energizes his base

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