Waitress still missing after disappearing with $300k lottery win that should have been split


Mandy Vanhouten (left) and her co-worker Leslie Underwood (middle).

There’s still no sign of a waitress who ran off with a $300,000 scratch-off prize from the Arkansas Lottery in December 2017.

The manager of her workplace, a burger joint called Sportsmans Drive-In, gave Mandy Vanhouten and her co-worker Leslie Underwood, along with other employees, the tickets that were shared between couples.


Leslie Underwood (left) and her co-worker, Mandy Vanhouten were gifted a winning ticket as a Christmas bonus from their boss, before Vanhouten ran off with the $300,000 prize. PHOTO: KARK

Underwood and Vanhouten happened to be the Fortune instant ticket's holders - before Vanhouten disappeared with the prize shortly after, reported the Daily Mail.

A distraught Underwood since spoke with local Arkansas Matters about the matter.

'It's a little emotional,' Underwood cried as she explained how the incident went down to the newspaper.


The two girls were longtime friends and worked together at the Sportsmans Drive-In in Stuttgart. PHOTO: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

The girls had agreed to split the $10 ticket bought by manager Lucky from G&B Liquor Store in Stuttgart.

'We talked about how life changing it would be and what we were going to do with this money,' Underwood told the newspaper.

'She even talked about giving back since it was such a blessing.'

They arranged to claim the money at the start of the New Year, but it seems Vanhouten had already signed off on the prize mid-week.

The unlucky Underwood plans to take legal action if Vanhouten fails to follow through with their original plans - if she ever returns.

The case remains open still.

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