Massachusetts Man Accused of Trying to Sell Fake Lotto Ticket

A Lowell man is accused of trying to cash in on a fake $400 lottery ticket.

Rigoberto Vega pleaded not guilty this week in Lowell District Court to charges of distributing of a false scratch ticket.

According to court documents, the 29-year-old tried to cash the fake ticket Saturday at a convenience store.

Authorities said the clerk realized the ticket was fake but Vega offered to sell it for $200 because he had "an emergency."

Police said Vega agreed to sell the bogus ticket for $80 plus a pack of cigarettes. He was arrested shortly afterward.

Vega was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment Monday and scheduled for a pretrial conference April 21.

There is no telephone listing for him. It is unclear if he has an attorney.