TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A Magic Valley man accused of stealing about $60,000 in lottery tickets from his employer and then cashing them to gamble on slot machines and card tables in Jackpot, Nevada, is facing charges.

The Times-News reports ( in a story on Thursday that 35-year-old James Michael Adam of Twin Falls is charged with nine counts of prohibited lottery acts and one count of grand theft.

Police say Adam stole the lottery tickets from a convenience store that discovered in an audit that the losses occurred from January to June.

Investigators say Adam told police he scanned the tickets to find winners that he cashed. He also told police a severe gambling problem led to his actions.

Adam is scheduled to appear in a Twin Falls court on Sept. 19.