Couple used money stolen from local Agway to buy winning $1M lottery ticket
Two of the four people charged with stealing more than $175,000 from an Agway store in Cressona are accused of using the stolen money to buy a winning $1 million lottery ticket, according to an Associated Press report.
State police said Joan Lechleitner and her fiancé, Kerry Titus, bought the winning Cash 5 ticket worth more than $1,047,618 with money they stole from May 2011 to March 2016. A criminal complaint obtained by the Associated Press revealed that the couple — along with two other former employees, Samantha Schaeffer and Tyler Schappell — rang up fake returns during that period and pocketed the money.
Some of the stolen money was used to buy lottery tickets during the time frame, including the $1 million winner on Sept. 11. Lechleitner split the winnings with four others, netting $264,904.50, according to state lottery officials.
Lechleitner told the Republican Herald in Pottsville that Titus bought the ticket, noting that the couple used the money to buy a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. She said the pair also planned to honeymoon in Mexico and add a backyard pool.