BURLEY — A Burley convenience store employee was arrested after officers said she took 25 lottery tickets and presented some for payment.

Chontoria Lajunae-Raenece Williams Powell, 19, is charged with illegally obtaining or altering lottery tickets, a felony, according to court documents.

Cassia County Sheriff deputies were called to the Quick Pik on West Main Street for a report of stolen lottery tickets.

A company employee told officers that Williams Powell took a book of 25 $25 tickets, valued at $625. The tickets were activated, and seven of the tickets were presented for payment on Nov. 9.

All told, $334 had been taken from the till for payment of the cash won on the presented tickets.

Williams Powell was the only employee working during the time the tickets were presented for payment. She also signed the log book used to track lottery tickets.

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Williams Powell told officers that she had been late coming into work that morning because she was sick and had a doctor’s appointment. She said there was “another girl” at the store covering the shift of another employee when she got there.

She told detectives that she takes care of her family and if she had money she “would have done her nails and would be wearing better clothes,” and that she sometimes has problems with her short-term memory.

Detectives said her story kept changing, and she eventually told them she was not being truthful about going to the doctor that day or coming in late to work.

A preliminary hearing for Williams Powell is set at 9 a.m. on Friday in Cassia County Magistrate Court.

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