Former Iowa lottery worker charged

A former Iowa lottery worker has been charged with several felony fraud counts after investigators say she kept several scratch lottery tickets she was supposed to deliver to north Iowa stores.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says in a written release Friday that Toni Hammer, of Alta, has been charged in Webster County with seven felony counts of lottery fraud and one count of tampering with records, a misdemeanor.

The department investigated after being asked to do so by the Iowa Lottery's security division, which said it had found discrepancies in records involving some lottery retail locations.

Special Agent Steve VanOtterloo says an investigation showed Hammer illegally kept seven scratch tickets for herself, netting less than $150 in winnings.

Hammer could not be reached for comment Friday morning.