Sunday, February 3, 2008

Woman called 911 twice about theft
of non-existent lottery ticket

Police figured a woman lied about her lottery winnings after she admitted to calling 911 pretending to be someone else, according to Scotts Valley, California police Officer David Ball.

Last spring, Adriana Bartch said her winning lottery ticket worth $5,000 was snatched from her hands by a passing bicyclist. "I was just stunned, and I watched him go away on his bicycle with my ticket. Then I went home," Bartch said.

Police arrested Bartch on suspicion of filing a false police report. Ball said they received a 911 call from a woman claiming her boyfriend had stolen a lottery ticket, was unable to cash it and threatened to "get" the woman.

A police dispatcher said she recognized the 911 caller's voice as Bartch. Police brought in the self-proclaimed lottery winner. Bartch insisted she did not call 911, but then admitted she made "a mistake" and was then arrested, Ball said.

Police said another tip-off to the woman's fraudulent story was that lottery officials say there is no $5,000 prize in the "Cherry Tripler" game as Bartch had claimed. The top prize is $9,000. (photo & info from

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