ROME — Border police at Rome’s essential airport on Sunday prevented a Naples tobacco store proprietor suspected of working off with a buyer’s successful sport ticket from boarding a flight to the Canary Islands, Italian information stories stated.

The person didn’t have the filched card price 500,000 euros ($580,000) on himself, however he did have a aircraft ticket for Fuerteventura, one of many Spain’s Canary Islands, the LaPresse information company stated.

The person, who hasn’t been recognized, was wished for investigation of suspected theft. The person allegedly snatched the ticket and dashed off on his motor scooter after the client on Friday had requested the store in a working-class neighborhood of Naples to confirm the win, which is the highest prize.

The older lady had bought two “scratch and win” playing cards. She requested a store worker to confirm the win. The worker then handed the cardboard to one of many store’s homeowners for a last test, Italian information stories stated. However as a substitute he allegedly saved the cardboard and raced off on his motor scooter via Naples.

He’s now free on his personal recognizance, LaPresse stated.

To thwart anybody from illegally cashing in, authorities on the Italian tax workplace which runs the “scratch and win” operation froze the whole block of card numbers that had been distributed to the tobacco store.

Investigators are nonetheless on the lookout for the sport card.