Will bank robber get to keep his $1 million lottery?

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Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed. A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,Then one day he was shootin at some food, And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

Oops, I’m sorry, wrong tune.

edwardsThis is the story of 55-year-old Timothy Elliott, a two time convicted bank robber. Mr Elliott was first convicted of armed robbery and Larceny in 2001 and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the Barnstable County House of Correction. Now fast forward to 2006 where Mr. Elliott pleaded guilty to the unarmed robbery or a Cape Cod bank. The Massachusetts Court ordered Mr. Elliott to five years probation and to undergo treatment through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Also as part of his probation the Court issued the following conditions: “to not gamble, purchase lottery tickets, or visit establishments where gaming is conducted, including restaurants where Keno may be played.”

While it’s not clear why the anti-gambling conditions were placed upon Mr. Elliott, nevertheless it was a court ordered requirement.

Mr. Elliott was being evaluated and treated at Massachusetts’ Taunton State Hospital as ordered by the court, were he was allowed to leave his treatment facility unsupervised during the day. On Friday November 23, 2007 Mr. Elliott walked into a Hyannis Massachusetts convenience store and purchased a $10 lottery scratch-off ticket.

Turns out that the ticket was a $million dollar winner!!! Oops!!! Now he’s got a million dollar problem.

How would you approach this situation?

  • Send a friend to collect your winnings?
  • Or contrive some other scheme to collect?

Well, Mr. Elliott did the honest thing, he went to claim the winnings himself. Two days after scratching the winning ticket, he claimed the first of his 20 year annual payouts $50,0000 – about $35,000 after taxes. He also earned himself another court date to determine the penalties for violating his probation and what happens to the winnings.

Now was honesty really the best policy?

Yes!!!!, the Massachusetts judge ruled that Mr. Elliott can keep his winnings even though he violated probation when he purchased the lottery scratch-off ticket.

On a final note, when placed on probation for the last bank robbery, the $65 monthly probation fee was waived because Mr. Elliott was indigent. The fee has been reinstated.


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