A convenience store clerk and her fiancé have been arrested for conspiring to scam the California Lottery.
Kamrun Nahar Nipa, 24, and Miggel Hewage Wijesena, 28, were caught out in April when an undercover California Lottery inspector called at the gas station mini-mart where Nipa worked and presented her with a decoy lottery ticket worth $20,000.
Nipa told the inspector he'd handed her a losing ticket, but held onto it. The following day she and Wijesena turned up at the lottery office and tried to claim the prize.
They have been charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft, attempted grand theft of personal property, perjury by declaration and presentation of a fraudulent claim.
If they are convicted on all counts Nipa and Wijesena could be facing a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in jail.