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2007 lottery winner accused of armed robbery

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A suspect charged with the armed home invasion and robbery of a couple who had just returned from their honeymoon won $1 million in the Massachusetts Lottery in 2007.

Rashad Blount, 26, formerly of Middleboro and now of Dorchester, won the $1 million grand prize in the Lottery's $800 Million Spectacular instant game on Feb. 12, 2007.

He bought the $10 scratch ticket at a store in Middleboro and was to receive annual payments of $50,000, minus taxes, for the next 20 years.

Blount and Richard Booker, 26, of 41 Courtland St., Apt. 2, Middleboro, were arrested this week on charges stemming from the Sept. 29 armed home invasion of a Milford couple who had just returned from their honeymoon.

On the night of the home invasion, a suspect identified later as Blount came to the victim's door claiming he was delivering a pizza, police said.

Then, a second suspect, identified as Booker, entered the victim's home, saying he was a police officer. At some point, a third suspect, not yet identified, came on the scene, police said.

Ball said one of the suspects ordered the female victim to stay on the ground in the living room, while another forced the man to open the safe in the bedroom where money was stored, then tied him up.

Police say Blount brandished a silver-and-black semi-automatic handgun, and the trio robbed the newlyweds of $7,000 in cash and checks that were wedding gifts.

After the couple's honeymoon, the female victim identified one suspect on Facebook when mutual acquaintances made her suspicious that Blount and Booker might be involved in the robbery.

On Facebook, the victim said she "immediately identified Booker, Richard, as being one of the assailants," Milford Detective Jason Ball wrote in the police report. "She stated she also recognized Blount, Rashad, as one of the other men she saw before they put on their masks as they entered the apartment."

Police arrested Booker and Blount in Dorchester on Wednesday. The acquaintances have not been charged.

Blount and Booker were charged with home invasion, larceny from a building, burglary, assault with a firearm, possessing a firearm during a felony, armed and masked robbery, armed assault in a dwelling, conspiracy, possession of a firearm without identification or a license to carry — and for Booker, impersonation of a police officer.

At their arraignments in Milford District Court, not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf. They were ordered held without bail for a dangerousness hearing on Nov. 1.

If Blount is found guilty, a felony conviction won't affect his annual $50,000 payday, the lottery said.

"The lottery is obligated to pay out the total prize amount for the duration of its payment schedule unless the winner has a lien placed on the winnings or there is a court-ordered injunction directing the payments to go elsewhere," said spokesperson Beth Bresnahan.

It wasn't the first time a person linked to criminal acts won the lottery.

In August, former Brockton police chief Richard Sproules, of Whitman, won $1 million from a $10 ticket for the Mass Millionaire Mania game.

Sproules pleaded guilty in 1990 to larceny of cocaine from the police station, among other charges, and served 28 months in prison of a 7-to-10 year sentence. He now counsels those struggling with addiction.

South Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger and three others shared a $14.3 million MassMillions jackpot in 1991. Bulger's share was $1.9 million.

After Bulger fled from a federal racketeering indictment in 1995, the U.S. attorney seized the lottery winnings. He was arrested in June 2011 in California and is being held at the Plymouth County jail until his trial, scheduled for March, in connection with 19 murders.

Thanks to lottaballz for the tip.

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Posted: October 28, 2012, 9:21 am - IP Logged

Thieves learn from this: STAY OFF Facebook!

 

Needless to say, it takes all kinds to keep this lottery thing going.

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    Posted: October 28, 2012, 9:21 am - IP Logged

    It would appear that winning a large prize in MA is conducive to having crime sprees.

    The lottery commission should be putting warning advisories on all their tickets.  Smash

      maringoman's avatar - kobold
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      Posted: October 28, 2012, 11:00 am - IP Logged

      From receiving $35,000 a year without having to do any work to living in jail and possibly losing the remaining

      future payout if the victims sue for emotional distress arising from the home invasion. Crime never pays.

      Alright, my turn.

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        Posted: October 28, 2012, 11:18 am - IP Logged

        He’s getting $50k per year for 20 years and decides he still needs to rob people?  OK, if you feel you  can’t live on free $50,000 a year, after taxes are taken out, then go get a part time job.

        If Blount is found guilty, a felony conviction won't affect his annual $50,000 payday, the lottery said.

        "The lottery is obligated to pay out the total prize amount for the duration of its payment schedule unless the winner has a lien placed on the winnings or there is a court-ordered injunction directing the payments to go elsewhere," said spokesperson Beth Bresnahan

        Maybe restitution of the current victims? They’ll probably sue him in civil court for mental distress and get that money. Good for them. 

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          Posted: October 28, 2012, 11:53 am - IP Logged

          Good time for the lotto to update its rules on stupid people. If he goes to jail, they should make him pay to stay.

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            Posted: October 28, 2012, 12:11 pm - IP Logged

            Good time for the lotto to update its rules on stupid people. If he goes to jail, they should make him pay to stay.

            Yes, RedStang, stupid, cruel, and evil people rules. Green laugh

            Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

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              Posted: October 28, 2012, 2:34 pm - IP Logged

              Apparently having $35k just handed to you every year isn't enough of an incentive to keep your life together.  I hope he gets 10 years and the victims sue him for a large amount.

              Life's Too Short To Be Unhappy Cool

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                Posted: October 28, 2012, 5:41 pm - IP Logged

                Worthless ................

                Bash

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                Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!


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                  Posted: October 28, 2012, 6:38 pm - IP Logged

                  Thieves learn from this: STAY OFF Facebook!

                   

                  Needless to say, it takes all kinds to keep this lottery thing going.

                  I Agree! Facebook never pays...............

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                    Posted: October 29, 2012, 8:59 am - IP Logged

                    Are these people really desperate in having lots of money? What was running on their minds to act that way? On the lighter side, Facebook really helped in solving the crime...that's Facebook.

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                      Posted: October 29, 2012, 10:27 am - IP Logged

                      This puts the lie to the "fact" that poverty creates crime.


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                        Posted: October 29, 2012, 10:41 am - IP Logged

                        Who has a safe and $7000. cash in their apartment??


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                          Posted: October 29, 2012, 10:43 am - IP Logged

                          Could they have thought up a few more randomly named charges to bring against them???


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                            Posted: October 29, 2012, 10:45 am - IP Logged

                            Good thing they plead "not guilty" her eye witness testimony may not stand up with a good lawyer.