North Texas Man Sues Over Stolen Lotto Ticket

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A woman fills out her Mega Millions lottery ticket. (credit: Getty Images/Tim Boyle)

AUSTIN (AP) – A North Texas man is suing the Texas Lottery Commission and others for $1 million in winnings from a lottery ticket prosecutors say was stolen from him in 2009.

Travis County prosecutors say a convenience store clerk in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie cheated Willis Willis out of the ticket, redeemed it himself and fled to his native Nepal.

Prosecutors recovered $395,000 from the clerk’s bank accounts and obtained a court ruling that Willis is the ticket’s rightful owner. But the lawsuit says the clerk received $750,000 in prize money after taxes — money Willis says he has coming to him. The clerk remains a fugitive.

The Texas attorney general’s office contends the lottery ticket is a “bearer instrument” redeemable by whoever holds it.

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One Comment

  1. Mike says:

    If, as the AG says, the ticket is a “bearer instrument” and belongs to whoever holds it then I guess the porsecutors are going to have to give back the money to the guy that the court said stole it.

    Does that make any sense to anyone wiith an ounce of common sense?

  2. Glenn says:

    I am going to sue him….I was about to purchase the ticket and he stepped in front of me. The lottery did not steal his ticket…sue the store.

  3. Tony says:

    I’m guessing I should get a job as a store clerk because if I get handed a ticket and it wins, it will be my price money since its in my hand… correct? that is just dumb…. Texas Lotto should have payed Mr Willis.

  4. Mshaver says:

    How about if you are a clerk at a store you are not allowed to buy either scratch off or regular lottery tickets. Go to another store and buy them. If you are not up to something that should not be a problem. This guy wants his money he paid to play and he should get it. The lottery commission should pay him and them sue the store.

    1. YRofTexas says:

      Agreed. Additionally, since they seem to ‘know’ the person who stole the ticket, they should do what is necessary to extradite the clerk back to the US to stand trial for theft.
      This is why you need to remember to SIGN the BACK of every lotto ticket you purchase. It helps in keeping the dishonest clerk from taking that risk at your peril.

      I hope to hear good news in the future that the lotto ticket buyer gets his cash (plus interest), and the clerk does some hard time as an example to others.

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