Man Pleads Guilty in Lottery Ticket Scam

Associated Press

A man accused of masterminding a scheme to claim a $15.2-million lottery jackpot with a fake ticket pleaded guilty Wednesday in Dauphin County Court.

Henry Arthur Rich, 33, pleaded guilty to theft by deception, criminal conspiracy, forgery, tampering with public records, theft by unlawful taking and unlawful use of a computer. Judge Sebastian D. Natale waived sentencing until an investigation into Rich’s background and character is completed.

Rich, a former employee of Control Data Corp., which provides computer services to the lottery, faces a 5- to 10-year sentence for his role in the scam to claim the July 15, 1987, drawing jackpot.