Fort Mill lottery store owner surrenders

These are some of the illegal lottery tickets authorities say were sold recently at two Fort Mill Township stores.
These are some of the illegal lottery tickets authorities say were sold recently at two Fort Mill Township stores.

FORT MILL -- The man accused of selling unauthorized lottery tickets at two of his Fort Mill Township stores has surrendered his license as a lottery retailer and turned in his gaming equipment, authorities said Friday.

Jayson Carl Parker, 31, of Fort Mill turned himself in to authorities Friday and is charged with two counts of operating a gaming house, two counts of setting up lotteries and two counts of selling illegal lottery tickets.

Parker's charges stem from illegal scratch-off lottery tickets sold at his Fort Mill businesses -- Lotto World and Lottery Super Store -- both located in the Carowinds area. Parker is no longer licensed to sell lottery tickets in the S.C. Education Lottery.

Around 10:30 a.m. Friday, Tom Marsh of S.C. Education Lottery was at Lottery Super Store retrieving property.

"He called and told us he was closing his businesses," Marsh said. "We're picking up our terminals and products at his request."

Parker can reapply for a license to sell state lottery tickets, Marsh said.

"At that point, we'd make a decision on if he was eligible," he said.

The scheme was one not seen by Marsh before, he said.

"We have something in place to deter this type of thing," said Marsh, who declined to elaborate. "We're always on the lookout for anything that violates our contract or the law.

"We have people who visit these places," Marsh added. "If they see something, they're supposed to report it to me."

Each retailer receives scheduled visits at least once every two weeks, Marsh said. Parker's business was visited within the past two weeks, he said.

"They did not see anything," Marsh said of the lottery representatives.

Authorities believe Parker had unofficial tickets made and then sold them for $5 each at his stores, said Marvin Brown, commander of York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.

It is not known how long the illegal sales were happening. However, a man told police he lost $30,000 on lottery tickets, prompting a near two-week investigation and subsequent raid on the stores on Oct. 24.

The illegal tickets were kept under the counter in a cash register-type drawer with the money. When customers specifically asked for the tickets, the clerks retrieved the requested number of tickets that offered prizes ranging from $5 to $5,000, Brown said.

During last week's raid, authorities seized thousands of illegal tickets and more than $16,000 in cash between the two stores, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.

Parker was not at either store during the raids. Since the raid, the stores have been shut down.

Authorities are stepping up their watch for similar lottery crimes, Brown said.

"It's not right for a man to sell illegal lottery tickets and make all this money while the next guy is doing what he is supposed to do and isn't making as much money," Brown said.

Parker remained in custody Friday evening at York County Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing. If convicted, Parker could face up to two years in prison and up to $16,000 in fines.