Skip to comments.Lotto clerk, store owner's son, says missing $14M winner an 'accident'
Posted on 09/19/2010 1:06:45 PM PDT by Inappropriate Laughter
Clerk Salem Al Saidi, of the Dynasty Deli and Grocery in Jamaica, told investigators that the missing Lotto ticket was an accident. Lanzilote for News
The deli clerk who tried to swindle a grandfather out of a $14 million lottery ticket was the shopowner's son - and he claims it was all a mistake, a source familiar with the case said Saturday.
"'It was just an accident! It was just an accident!'" clerk Salem Al Saidi, 18, told investigators, according to the source.
Milledge McCassell, 72, handed his ticket to the clerk Aug. 25 after a self-scan machine at the Dynasty Deli and Grocery in Jamaica told him he was the "Big Winner."
But Al Saidi allegedly told the retired transit worker that the ticket wasn't what he thought and gave him "a few dollars," lottery officials said.
"You didn't give me the big-winner ticket," the teen told the retiree.
Al Saidi's brother, 16-year-old Hashi, claimed yesterday that his brother wasn't trying to rip off anyone and insisted the whole thing "was a mistake."
"He was tired and threw out the ticket by accident," the teenager said, recounting what his brother told him.
"The guy came back and they looked for the ticket in the trash and couldn't find it," he said. "Then, the cops came and they found it."
He said his brother had been working full-time at Dynasty until he was fired two days ago over the missing lottery ticket.
That differs from the story McCassell and investigators are telling. McCassell says he went back three times and was turned away by Al Saidi and his brother Abdullah Al Saidi, 33, who claimed they "couldn't find it in the garbage," the source said.
Investigators went to the store to question the clerks and review electronic information. When the data cast doubt on Al Saidi's story, the ticket suddenly reappeared, lottery officials said.
McCassell finally got his big $8.7 million lump-sum payout on Friday - nearly a month after winning.
Queens prosecutors were investigating. No charges had been filed as of yesterday afternoon.
The deli has been banned from Lottery sales, and a source said state police were building a case to get Salem Al Saidi indicted.
Good Amish names, those.
Yeah.. there’s a term for that Ackmed, it’s called ‘taqiyya’.
These mooselimbs! If they can’t kill you they’ll swindle you.
Yeah sure. Trust a Muslim at your peril.
It was a mistake that I got caught. That wasn’t supposed to happen. The Family will now lose their business because no one with a brain will shop there again.
Salem Al Saidi was a natural born accident...
Those danged Amish again!
They are all congenital liars.
I disagree. They aren't born that way, they are taught to cheat the infidel. It's in their book.
Hey! We can't cause violence can we? Maybe the city can offer to pay for a mosque or two to calm things.
Hmmmmmm, would part of the money have been spent on Al Queada?
Funny, how those kind of things happen.
“They’re” not all that way. That’s ridiculous. We aren’t exactly the picture of straight shooting either, just look at the fraud on wall street, congress, and the banks.
Funny, I seem to recall whole communities of moose limbs dancing and celebrating on 9/11.
I also recall that not one has condemned the attacks in arabic.
I did not say that they are all that way. I said “Trust a Muslim at your peril”, and that they are taught to cheat non-believers in their sacred book. I stand behind these statements.
“The deli has been banned from Lottery sales”
And that’s a huge part of their business. They’ll just sell it to a straw buyer, like an Uncle, and get the Lotto back.
I have tested these lotto dealers. You always ask for the ticket back. Know your numbers. Some have outside scanner from counter. Go to that if it says winner copy serial number behind lotto numbers before you give.
I did not say that they are all that way. I said Trust a Muslim at your peril, and that they are taught to cheat non-believers in their sacred book. I stand behind these statements.
I’m with you, but they are all this way. Their “holy” book instructs them to do just that. Lie, cheat, steal from, people of the book...infidels, any you will be rewarded for it. This is the most pathetic group of “humans” to ever occupy the Earth.....they have been nothing but trouble since they came into existance. All the church leaders who want to make nice with these imbiciles are totally naive and would be the first to go when sharia law even comes close to making a foothold in this country
Just sign the ticket when you buy it. That would make it much harder to steal.
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