Individual from Springfield pleads guilty to stealing book of instant lottery tickets in Sangamon County Circuit Court

An Illinois Lottery employee is admitting to stealing books of instant lottery tickets and redeeming winning tickets for cash. Dean Derrick of Springfield pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of theft of governmental property and one count of official misconduct.

A Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge ordered Derrick to pay more than $8,000 in restitution and sentenced him to two years of probation.

Prosecutors say Derrick stole books of instant lottery tickets from retailers while working in his official capacity as a sales representative for the Illinois Lottery.

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