A robber threatened the deputy manager of a Blackpool betting shop with a pair of scissors because he was unable to pay for his stay at a Blackpool hotel.
Preston Crown Court heard Steven Kingsbury made off from Ladbrokes on Dickson Road with just £33 during the raid on February 22.
The following day, Kingsbury, 51, of no fixed address, was arrested after smashing the windows of a police vehicle parked outside Blackpool Police Station. While in a cell he admitted the robbery.
David Clarke, prosecuting, said Kingsbury had placed two 50p bets at the bookmakers earlier that day, and returned at 9pm when he demanded the deputy manager hand over a “couple of hundred pounds”.
He told the 68-year-old woman he had nowhere to stay.
Mr Clarke said he pointed the sharp end of the scissors straight at her and said “I don’t want to have to hurt you, just give me the money” before picking up plastic money bags of cash from the counter.
Kingsbury pleaded guilty to robbery, possessing an offensive weapon and criminal damage at an earlier hearing.
Jailing him for three years and four months, Judge Robert Altham said: “You are now able to appreciate the terror you will have caused (the victim).”