A man who bought $200 worth of lottery tickets on Friday morning was so angry when he didn't win that he robbed the owner, police said.
The man bought about 40 tickets at $5 a piece from a shop on Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street around 10:30 a.m. and began to get frustrated when he scratched them off and didn't win, Francis Macwan, the owner of CJ News Inc. told the Post.
"He won a few dollars here and there, maybe $5, $10, $20. Then he lost everything and got frustrated," he said.
"He asked me what is the number of [one] ticket, so I checked, then he just pushed me and I fell down. I fell on my chest on the floor." An NYPD spokesperson told Gothamist that the man stole between $700 and $800 in cash from an open cash register.
The man then fled the scene, but a Smartwater bottle he left on the counter has been taken in for evidence. He was reportedly a regular at the store.
"When you play, you have to think about that. When you're gambling, there are only two things—you win or you lose. If you don't want to lose the money, don't play," Macwan told CBS New York.