Nassau County Police say 43-year old Michael Sullo entered the Food Express on Jericho Turnpike Friday night and produced losing lotto tickets to the male clerk demanding to be paid.
Sullo is a regular customer who plays the same number every day, which came out that day.
The 27-year old clerk had mistakenly entered the wrong numbers in the computer that morning.
After offering to pay half, the clerk left the store and left the parking lot in his vehicle.
Police say Sullo, who was unsatisfied with the offer, followed the victim in his car, causing the victim to pull over.
Sullo allegedly produced a box cutter and demanded full payment.
The victim complied, sending the suspect back to the store to collect his money.
Investigators say Sullo went back to the store, collected $250, and fled in his vehicle, but was arrested about a half hour later.
Sullo is charged with Robbery 1st degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree.