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Springfield Man Arrested Related to Theft of Winning $50,000 Lottery Ticket
01/07/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A recent investigation by Oregon State Police Lottery Security Section detectives led to the arrest of a Springfield man who allegedly stole a winning $50,000 scratch-it ticket from the victim at a Springfield restaurant. The suspect was arrested when he came to lottery headquarters to claim the $50,000 prize.
 
On December 26, 2007, Oregon State Police (OSP) was contacted by the victim, a 37-year old Kooskia, Idaho resident, reporting the theft that day of a winning Oregon Lottery scratch-it ticket. An OSP Lottery Security Section detective responded to begin an investigation.
 
The victim reported that on December 26th she was dining with her son at the Denny's Restaurant located at 987 Kruse Way in Springfield. The victim stopped for lunch before driving to Oregon Lottery Headquarters in Salem to claim her prize on a winning $50,000 "Green & Gold" scratch-it ticket she had purchased two days earlier at a Stanfield, Oregon truck stop. The victim brought the lottery ticket in a notebook into the restaurant. Upon finishing their meal the victim and her son left without the notebook and returned about fifteen minutes later to retrieve it, but the table had been cleared and the notebook was gone.
 
The victim contacted restaurant management but was unable to determine where the notebook had gone because no one reported turning it in. The restaurant employee who cleared the table, identified as CHARLES MICHAEL DIZICK, age 41, from Springfield, denied seeing or taking the notebook.
 
On December 27th, a 21-year old Eugene man presented the stolen ticket at Oregon Lottery to claim the prize. OSP Lottery Security Section Detective Gregg Tullius contacted the man about his possessing of the stolen ticket. The investigation determined suspect DIZICK contacted the man and asked that he go to lottery headquarters with him to claim the prize because DIZICK told the man he owed back taxes and child support.
 
DIZICK came to lottery headquarters with the man and two other people. Subsequent to further investigation and interviews, DIZICK was arrested for Aggravated Theft in the First Degree. DIZICK is scheduled to appear in Lane County Circuit Court on January 29, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.
 
The three other persons who accompanied DIZICK to Lottery Headquarters were not arrested.
 
The victim reportedly has claimed her cash prize and returned to her Idaho home.
 
Aggravated Theft in the First Degree is a Class B felony punishable by a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000.00.
 
The mission of the Lottery Security Section is to ensure that all Lottery gaming activities are conducted in a fair, honest, and secure manner with the highest level of integrity, and in accordance with all statutes, Administrative Rules, Policies, and Management Directives.
 
The Department provides all security services necessary to ensure security, fairness, integrity, and honesty in the operation and administration of the Lottery, including but not limited to:

  • Background investigations of all prospective employees, Lottery game retailers, Lottery vendors, and Lottery contractors;
  • Detection and investigation of crimes against the Lottery;
  • Enforcement of the State prohibition on gray machines;
  • Consultation and recommendations regarding gambling issues and on-site security measures; and
  • On-site security and surveillance of all Lottery premises.