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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Investigation by Hoosier Lottery leads to the arrest of owner of Sinclairs and one other person

Updated: Aug 5, 2023

MITCHELL - AUGUST 3, 2023 - After an investigation by Hoosier Lottery Officials the owner of Sinclair's gas station located at 4880 Indiana State Road 37, including one other employee.


Last night, the business remained closed, following the arrests.


Photo: On Wednesday Indiana State Police make arrest of owner and one other employee for unlawful sale of lottery tickets


Ranbir Singh and Lakhwinder "Lucky" Kaur are facing charges of the unlawful sale of lottery tickets.


Photo: Ranbir Singh owner of Sinclair's was arrested for selling lottery tickets without a license on Wednesday


According to investigators with the Hoosier Lottery both the owner and Kaur and employee of Sinclair's were selling the lottery tickets without being a licensed retailer.


Lakhwinder "Lucky" Kaur employee of Sinclair's arrested for selling lottery tickets without a license


Kaur committed at least four counts of misrepresentation as a Hoosier Lottery retailer.


Lottery officials state that several incidents occurred over a period from June 2020 - April 2022 in which clear evidence of practices violated of the Lottery licensing agreement including violations of Indiana Code 4-30-12-4 which identified the purchase of lottery products by an employee or any relative living in the household of the same employee of the retailer.


The Hoosier Lottery Commission made the decision to terminate the retailer's lottery license effective May 11, 2022.


The investigation was started on April 15, 2023, after receiving a report from the Indiana Beverage Commission Enforcement officer that they believed the retailer was still selling lottery scratch off tickets.


An undercover Gaming Control Officer visited the business undercover to purchase lottery tickets. This was done at least three times from "Lucky" Kaur.



The purchases were made on March 22, March 29th, and April 4th.


On May 1, 2023, Hoosier Lottery Investigator purchased several lottery tickets and identified himself as an investigator. A search warrant was executed at the establishment and asked for the owner to come to the station.


Singh told the investigator he knew he was selling lottery tickets without a license but did not answer any other questions.


Warrants for their arrest were executed on Wednesday and the two was taken to the Lawrence County Jail


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