Lothian Man Who Worked for Maryland Lottery Takes Plea Deal in Theft of Scratch-off Scheme
From the Maryland Attorney General‘s office. This story is relevant especially today because earlier we announced that Davidsonville Country Market is closing this week. Owners of the market said that one of the reasons for closing up shop was a significant financial loss attributed to the stolen scratch-offs.
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that former Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency employee Mark Barron Hantske, 59, of Lothian, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to two counts of felony theft over $10,000. The Honorable Paul A. Hackner scheduled sentencing for September 11.
“This state employee thought he could hit the jackpot by using his insider access to steal lottery tickets,” said Attorney General Gansler. “Instead, he’s paying the price for illegally attempting to defraud the public.”
Between June 2008 and February 2012, while employed as a Lottery Sales Representative, Hantske used his position to steal over 7,500 scratch-off lottery tickets from nine retailers. The tickets were valued at $99,600. Hantske then cashed in the winning stolen tickets and collected over $67,000 in ill-gotten lottery winnings.
In announcing the guilty plea, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Megan Davey Limarzi, as well as the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency’s Security Division and the Maryland State Police for their work on this case.