Police: Owatonna Hy-Vee Worker Stole $7,300 in Lottery Tickets

(Owatonna, MN) – A 43-year-old woman from Owatonna stands accused of lining her own pockets with the winnings from lottery tickets that she stole while on the job.

Two felonies charges were brought this week against Tricia Lynn Fenger: theft and state lottery fraud.

Staff at the Hy-Vee in Owatonna first contacted police in December saying that an employee had been stealing lottery tickets from Hy-Vee’s gas station convenience store.

The complaint says Fenger would scratch off the scan bar part of the ticket and then if it was a loser, she would throw it away. If it was a winner, she’d cash it in and pocket the money. In all, she took $7,340 in lottery tickets from which she claimed $3,801 in winnings.

Police say when questioned, Fenger said she didn’t know why she was stealing the tickets every day that she worked, noting that she didn’t need the money and it wasn’t for the thrill of it either.

Fenger is due to make her first court appearance on June 7th.

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