NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey convenience store employee has been charged with stealing a $1 million winning lottery ticket from its rightful owner.

Rayhan Sorwar was charged Friday with theft, conspiracy and attempted money laundering.

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The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office says a customer presented a winning scratch-off lottery ticket in September at a convenience store in Edison. Prosecutors allege Sorwar took the ticket but instead of a claim form gave the customer two other tickets, calling those her winnings.

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Police say an attempt to cash the winning ticket at the lottery commission in Lawrenceville prompted an investigation. Officials say the rightful owner has been paid her winnings.

A listed phone number for Sorwar can’t be found. Prosecutors say it’s unclear if Sorwar has an attorney who could comment for him.

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