Lottery Tickets Stolen

A thief hoping to cash in on stolen lottery tickets will find out his numbers aren't even worth the paper they're printed on. Police in Rocky Mount say someone made off with a display cabinet full of tickets for North Carolina's new game last Friday night. They say a man walked into a convenience store, grabbed the plastic display stand with 600 tickets inside and walked out of the store. The man got into a pickup truck and drove off. Pam Walker, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Education Lottery, says as soon as the agency is notified of a theft, the identification numbers on the ticket are deactivated and cannot be redeemed. Walker says lottery officials keep computerized records of which tickets are allotted for each vendor in the state.