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    Former lottery officer charged with disclosing where $1M ticket was on sale

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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors charged a former lottery security officer with telling two men that a winning ticket in a $1 million US scratch-off game had been sent to a small town grocery store.

    William Foreman, 59, was arrested Monday and charged with felony counts of disclosing confidential lottery information and theft, Marion County prosecutor Carl Brizzi said. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

    Foreman told an acquaintance, Chad Adkins, and Daniel Foltz in May that a winning ticket in the $2,000,000 Bonus Spectacular game had been sent to a store in Cross Plains in southeastern Indiana, Brizzi said. One of the men then spent about $700 to buy the store's entire supply of the game's $20 tickets, according to court documents.

    "It's just this one game that was compromised," Brizzi said. "I don't want to send a scare to the entire state of Indiana that the lottery is somehow fixed."

    Foreman was released on bond Monday night but could not be reached for comment. No one answered at two home telephone numbers listed under his name in Indianapolis.

    Authorities said Foreman acquired a list from the Georgia-based manufacturer that allowed him to trace all five winning tickets.

    When Foltz and Adkins went to the lottery headquarters in early September to collect their prize, the lottery's security chief recognized Adkins as Foreman's acquaintance. Adkins admitted he knew Foreman but denied receiving any information from him about the game.

    Hoosier Lottery director Jack Ross delayed paying the men and ordered Foreman to take a polygraph test. Foreman refused and resigned in September, Ross said, "but he insisted on telling me that he had nothing to do with compromising the tickets."

    Foltz and Adkins have been charged with theft.

    Prosecutors said while Foreman was charged with theft for helping the other two men acquire the winning ticket, they do not believe he received any money himself.
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