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Lottery Loser Pleads No Contest in Mega Case
The woman who claimed she lost a winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket pleaded no contest Thursday to lying on a police report.After entering the plea, Elecia Battle, 40, of Cleveland, was convicted by the judge. She faces a possible penalty of 30 days to six months in jail and $1,000 fine at sentencing Feb. 19.A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but means the defendant will not fight the charges.Battle had filed a police report after the Dec. 30 Mega Millions drawing, sa ...
Jan 15, 2004, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum

Ohio Lottery Loser Faces Police Charge
Elecia Battle, who admitted yesterday that she lied about losing a $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket, was charged today with filing a false police report.On January 2, Battle told police in South Euclid, Ohio that she had somehow lost the Mega Millions ticket shortly after buying the ticket at a local Quick Shop.If convicted of the misdemeanor count, Battle, 40, faces a maximum of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.Below you'll find a copy of the winning ticket and the criminal c ...
Jan 9, 2004, 8:34 pm - Lottery News forum

Court scratches man's lottery claim
A Northborough man who tried to cash in on a mistake by the state Lottery Commission to collect a $4 million cash prize for a winning scratch ticket had his claim thrown out yesterday by the state Appeals Court.In 1996, Robert Jacobs purchased a winning instant lottery ticket at the Route 9 Beer and Wine store in Southborough.Although the winning ticket was worth only $10 on its face, Jacobs claimed he was entitled to a $4 million prize because of a mistake in advertising that accompanied the ...
Jan 9, 2004, 5:10 am - Lottery News forum

'I Lied' -- Woman Drops Lottery Lawsuit
Updated: Jan. 8, 2003 12:38 PMA woman said through tears Thursday that she lied about losing the winning ticket for a $162 million lottery prize awarded to another woman.Elecia Battle, 40, is dropping her lawsuit to block payment of the 11-state Mega Millions jackpot to the certified winner, her lawyer Sheldon Starke said. I wanted to win, Battle said. The numbers were so overwhelming. I did buy a ticket and I lost. I wanted to win so bad for my kids and my family. I apologize. Starke says tha ...
Jan 8, 2004, 10:27 am - Lottery News forum

Clerk free on bail in lottery ticket case
A Cook County judge set bail at $25,000 Wednesday for a Chicago Board Options Exchange clerk accused of swiping her co-workers' winning $175,000 lottery ticket.But Dora Leal's attorney insisted the clerk thought the Mega Millions ticket was worth less than $10 and that there was no chicanery intended -- she just misplaced the ticket. This is completely out of her character, attorney Robert Kuzas said after her bond hearing. She's very distraught over this. Police charged Leal, 44, of North Spa ...
Jan 8, 2004, 5:11 am - Lottery News forum

Trading clerk surrenders to face charges of stealing lottery ticket
The trading clerk at the center of a $175,000 Mega Millions lottery ticket dispute in Chicago surrendered to police Tuesday on felony theft charges.Dora Leal, 44, of North Spaulding Avenue, showed up at Harrison Area headquarters with a lawyer and turned herself in, Cmdr. Steve Peterson said. The surrender was arranged by detectives Kenneth Krupowicz and Cleveland Thomas.The whereabouts of the disputed lottery ticket are unknown.Leal is accused of pocketing a winning ticket that a group of trade ...
Jan 7, 2004, 11:32 am - Lottery News forum

Media Battle in the Mega Millions Jackpot Dispute
Lottery Post presents a selection of photos and descriptions in the struggle over the $162 million Mega Millions jackpot.Two women one with a ticket, one tearfully without lay claim to a $162 million lottery jackpot Tuesday, triggering a legal dispute that could come down to finder's keepers or fraud.Elecia Battle went to police Monday with the teary story of a lottery ticket lost outside a convenience store, and a small crowd with flashlights soon gathered in the snowy parking lot in search o ...
Jan 6, 2004, 8:23 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery Loser's Shady Past
Ohio woman has fraud, assault convictions, uses aliasThe Ohio woman who told police that she purchased -- and then lost -- the winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket -- has several arrests on her rap sheet, including convictions for assault and credit card fraud. In addition, Elecia Battle is using an alias and has falsely claimed to be married to the man with whom she now lives.Battle, whose real name is Elecia Dickson, apparently has borrowed the surname of boyfriend James Battle. ...
Jan 6, 2004, 5:56 pm - Lottery News forum

Woman Sues to Block $162 Million Payout
A hospital worker came forward Tuesday and collected a $162 million lottery jackpot, and another woman who told authorities she bought the winning ticket but lost it has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt any payout to the winner.Rebecca Jemison, 34, of suburban South Euclid, turned in the ticket for the 11-state Mega Millions jackpot at Ohio Lottery headquarters. The lottery validated it Tuesday as the sole winning ticket for the drawing.The woman with the competing claim, Elecia Battle, filed a l ...
Jan 6, 2004, 5:03 pm - Lottery News forum

$175,000 Mega Millions Ticket Dispute
Two traders for the Chicago Board Options Exchange filed a police complaint Friday against a trading clerk who they claim pocketed their $175,000 Mega Millions lottery ticket this week.But a family friend says she doesn't believe the clerk, whom she has known for 22 years, could have stolen anything. She's a very honest, trustworthy person, said Carole Masterson, whose brother is the father of the clerk's two children. I don't think she'd do something like this. She's not stupid. Traders, iden ...
Jan 3, 2004, 9:08 pm - Lottery News forum