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Former lottery employee pleads guilty of stealing tickets, cashing winners

The office of the Maryland Attorney General said Tuesday a former Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency employee pleaded guilty to theft after allegedly stealing thousands of lottery tickets and cashing in winners for $67,000.

Mark Barron Hantske, 59, of Lothian, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to two counts of felony theft over $10,000.

Prosecutors say between June 2008 and February 2012, while employed as a lottery sales representative, Hantske stole more than 7,500 scratch-off tickets from nine retailers.

The tickets were valued at $99,600, and Hantske cashed in winning tickets and collected more than $67,000.

Judge Paul A. Hackner has scheduled sentencing for Sept. 11.

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