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Lottery winner busted on pot charge

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A Massachusetts man riding high after winning $500 in the lottery jumped onto the roof of a car to celebrate, only to be brought back to earth by police, who busted him for property damage — and possession of marijuana, officials said.

Cops arrested Joseph Taglieri, 31, outside of his apartment on Prince Street in Boston yesterday, after watching him scream "YEEESSSS!!!!!" and leap onto a nearby 1994 Toyota Camry, denting the roof, according to the Suffolk District Attorney's Office.

"I was having such a bad day," Taglieri told the Herald today, adding he was having money problems. "The first number says I've won $500 so I start jumping up and down, like out of control. I didn't mean to jump on the hood of the car but I was happy ... It was almost like everything was going to be OK."

When the cops arrested him, Taglieri told them that he was carrying marijuana, he and the DA's office said. Police found a sandwich bag in his pocket that they believed to contain more than one ounce of marijuana, according to the DA. Police hustled him down to the station for booking.

"I didn't even get to finish scratching the scratch ticket," Taglieri said, adding that he had not realized he had dented the car.

In 2002, Taglieri was convicted on drug distribution charges, and was sentenced to two years in prison, according to the district attorney's office. In 2008, he was convicted of breaking and entering and he appeared in court again on drunken driving charges last year, the DA said.

Taglieri told the Herald that he was carrying about half an ounce of marijuana. Carrying less than one ounce of marijuana is not a crime in Massachusetts, though the person can be fined.

Taglieri was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of destruction of property and marijuana possession. Taglieri's lawyer David Fitzgerald could not be immediately reached for comment.

Taglieri, who was allowed to keep his scratch-off winner, is due back in court Sept. 21.

Boston Herald

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Posted: July 22, 2011, 5:14 pm - IP Logged

$500???! Imagine if he won $50 M??! What a loser...

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    Posted: July 22, 2011, 5:31 pm - IP Logged

    $500???! Imagine if he won $50 M??! What a loser...

    EXACTLY!!!! Forget the pot, I cant believe he done all that over $500, granted when i hit $500 i get excited but i dont do stupid stuff.

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      Posted: July 22, 2011, 5:39 pm - IP Logged

      $500.00 will make everything OK,? your only problem can be clearly seen by looking in a mirror.and you are luckier than you even know, if that was my car your personal hood would be dented and i'd be in jail.nother thing a-hole,you're on more than mj if your acting like that.

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        Posted: July 22, 2011, 5:44 pm - IP Logged

        guess we know what hell do with his 'winnings' - paying court fines, court costs and probation fees.

         

        somehow i dont think $500 is going to cover it.

         

        what a macaroon...

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          Posted: July 22, 2011, 5:47 pm - IP Logged

          $500???! Imagine if he won $50 M??! What a loser...

          loser is the key word here, $500.00 minus arrest,court, auto repairs,should i go on ? i'm sure the hood cost $500.00.

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            Posted: July 22, 2011, 6:19 pm - IP Logged

            WOW!!!! No he didn't!!!!

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              Posted: July 22, 2011, 6:43 pm - IP Logged

              $500.00 will make everything OK,? your only problem can be clearly seen by looking in a mirror.and you are luckier than you even know, if that was my car your personal hood would be dented and i'd be in jail.nother thing a-hole,you're on more than mj if your acting like that.

              "your personal hood would be dented".. LOL

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                Posted: July 22, 2011, 7:50 pm - IP Logged

                WOW!!!! No he didn't!!!!

                LOL Oh yes he did,

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                  Posted: July 22, 2011, 7:54 pm - IP Logged

                  "I didn't mean to jump on the hood of the car but I was happy ..."

                   

                  Oh, well ok then, Joe, as long as you didn't mean to jump on the hood of the car it's ok. And you had extenuating circumstances anyway - you were happy.

                  Oh, by the way, the cops said you were jumping up and down on the roof of the car, not the hood. You must have been really happy. So that's understandable.

                  I was just wondering how you tell the judge you got on the roof of a car without meaning to.

                  I would use the defective Pogo-Stick defense, Joe.

                  There's no way it was your fault.


                                                               
                                       
                                                           

                   

                   

                   

                   

                                                                                                                     

                  "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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                    Posted: July 22, 2011, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

                    "I didn't mean to jump on the hood of the car but I was happy ..."

                     

                    Oh, well ok then, Joe, as long as you didn't mean to jump on the hood of the car it's ok. And you had extenuating circumstances anyway - you were happy.

                    Oh, by the way, the cops said you were jumping up and down on the roof of the car, not the hood. You must have been really happy. So that's understandable.

                    I was just wondering how you tell the judge you got on the roof of a car without meaning to.

                    I would use the defective Pogo-Stick defense, Joe.

                    There's no way it was your fault.

                    "extenuating circumstances" uhh.. your honer my client had to walk up the w/shield to crush the roof,what if if broke and he was hurt by broken glass ? judge: well then he can sue the glass co. and the creator of sand.

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                      Posted: July 22, 2011, 8:19 pm - IP Logged

                      Maybe he can try the insanity defence.

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                        Posted: July 22, 2011, 8:27 pm - IP Logged

                        Maybe he can try the insanity defence.

                        oh yea, thats their 2nd fav. the 1st is temp. insanity.

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                          Posted: July 22, 2011, 10:45 pm - IP Logged

                          Maybe he was happy about the possibility of splurging on an upgrade that night. Hippy

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                            Posted: July 22, 2011, 11:01 pm - IP Logged

                            What an idiot!  I would be happy and maybe yell for a second before going back to the store to claim my money.....but all this over $500?   Don't get me wrong that's a good amount of money for anyone.....but not Millions!   After court costs and paying for the guys roof he will probably be hundreds of dollars in the hole....Must been nice while it lasted....but the hangover is going to be awful