Warrant issued for man who reportedly cashed stolen state lottery tickets

Tanner is charged with state lottery fraud, a felony-level offense.

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WORTHINGTON — A warrant has been issued out of Nobles County for a Sioux Falls, South Dakota man on charges of state lottery fraud, a felony-level offense, for claiming a lottery prize by means of fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

The charges resulted after a member of the Worthington Police Department was contacted by a representative with the State of Minnesota regarding Graylin Bryan Tanner, 39, allegedly cashing stolen lottery tickets on Dec. 18, 2021 at the Hy-Vee gas station in Worthington.

According to the criminal complaint, Tanner is visible on security footage scanning numerous lottery tickets at the counter on the self-serve State of Minnesota lottery ticket scanner, before being seen handing the cashier numerous lottery tickets. He was given cash before leaving the store.

On the same day as the recording, Tanner was arrested in connection with the alleged theft of lottery tickets from a Worthington gas station. When apprehended, Tanner reportedly told officers he had stolen the tickets, but thrown them away as none of them were “winners".

Tanner was arrested and charged with stealing the tickets. He currently has a warrant for his arrest in Nobles County for a probation violation in connection with the ticket theft case, and a complaint warrant has also been issued.


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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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