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Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:00 am

Pair facing charges of stealing scratch-offs

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A married couple decided to hit the Hoosier Lottery, but their alleged formula for winning will land them in the Allen County Jail once they are released from the Kosciusko County Jail.

Paul Adams, 41, and Rachael Adams, 39, entered multiple gas stations and convenience stores in Allen County and surrounding counties in January and February, making off with Hoosier Lottery scratch-off tickets they didn't pay for, according to Indiana State Police.

The couple used various distraction techniques to make off with the lottery tickets and cash from winning tickets at different locations, police said.

They were charged in Allen County on Oct. 27 with one count of corrupt business influence, a level 5 felony that could result in a bond of $10,000, according to an Allen County Jail spokesman. If convicted, they face possible prison sentences of one to six years.

They are currently being held in Kosciusko County – Paul Adams on a charge of illegal possession of a syringe and Rachael Adams on charges of failure to appear in court and corrupt business influence. Both are being held on a retainer for the Allen County Jail, police said.

Sarah M. Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery, said Matt Lewis and Doug Theobald, investigators with Hoosier Lottery Security, brought the case to state police, who said as many as 10 law enforcement agencies in north and northeast Indiana took reports on the Adams' acts.

Hoosier Lottery products are sold in 4,500 Hoosier retailers, Taylor said.

jduffy@jg.net