A Williamsburg County man has been arrested for attempting to claim $169 in winnings with stolen S.C. Education Lottery tickets, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
Kevin O'Neal Johnson, 42, of Hemingway is charged with three counts of falsely making, altering, forging, uttering, passing or counterfeiting of a lottery ticket. The felony charges carry a penalty of up to a $50,000 fine, up to five years in prison or both for each count.
Investigators say Johnson attempted to redeem a total of 32 scratch-off lottery tickets at three different a Hemingway convenience stores for a total of $169 in winnings on June 20. The tickets had been stolen from a Johnsonville convenience store, say investigators.
Johnson was booked at the Wiliamsburg County Detention Center on July 21. The case will be prosecuted by the Third Circuit Solicitor's Office.