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Lottery Ticket Thief Faces Prison Term

Nation IN BRIEF : VIRGINIA

August 16, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A restaurant owner who took a $6.8-million tip from a customer now faces 20 years in prison. Jaspaul Narang pleaded guilty to stealing a winning $6.8-million lottery ticket from Ray Bernard. Narang was charged with grand larceny for pocketing the Virginia Lottery ticket and telling Bernard, the rightful winner, he had won only a free ticket. Narang will be sentenced Oct. 24. Narang's lawyer, James Lowe, insisted at a court hearing last month that his client innocently picked up the ticket from the floor of his deli days after the May 10 drawing.

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