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Police official tried to cash in stolen lottery ticket

Aug 10, 2015, 7:38 pm

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The chairman of a Connecticut police commission has resigned after being charged in Florida with trying to cash in a winning $520,000 lottery ticket that was reported stolen by his niece.

Michael Royston, 49, was freed on bond after his arrest last Thursday at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, and on Friday night, he sent a terse resignation email to Windsor Locks Town Clerk William Hamel, saying only: "Effective immediately I am resigning my position as police commissioner."

On Sunday night, he issued a statement denying his guilt to Connecticut news organizations including The Courant.

"I adamantly deny any wrong doing in which I have been accused. I do not want this to [a]ffect the Commission or The Windsor Locks Police Department while I exonerate my name, therefore I have resigned from the Windsor Locks Police Commission. It has been an honor and a privilege serving the citizens of Windsor Locks," he said.

Royston turned himself in and was charged with filing a false claim for payment, trying to pass a lottery ticket with the intent to defraud, and grand theft in excess of $100,000, according to a story published Friday by the Tallahassee Democrat.

The story quoted court records as indicating that Royston tried to claim the prize, saying the ticket had been a gift, but couldn't provide the name of the person who gave it to him. The story said his niece told police that early last month she'd shown the ticket to Royston in Connecticut, and that a few days afterward she'd reported it stolen to the Northampton, Massachusetts, police.

The story said that Florida officials were made aware the ticket had reported stolen when Royston tried to cash it in that state, and that he had told police he'd found the ticket under the seat of his car.

The Courant asked Royston in an email to comment on that newspaper account, and he did not. He did send back an email late Sunday night answering one question about when he will answer the charges in court. "No court date has been set as of yet," he said in the email.

The position of police commission chairman in Windsor Locks is unpaid, and not part of the sworn police force. Members of the commission have fiduciary and policy responsibilities in overseeing the department. Royston headed the commission starting in January, when the panel's erstwhile chairman moved out of the state.

Royston had a higher-than-usual public profile during his tenure as chairman. A month after assuming the role, the commission approved a settlement to pay $460,000 to end a labor dispute with Robert Koistinen, the sergeant acquitted of hindering the drunken driving investigation of his son. Koistinen's son, former Windsor Locks policeman Michael Koistinen struck Henry Dang with his car, killing him, when the teenager was riding his bicycle home in October 2010.

The elder Koistinen agreed to retire as part of the settlement, rather than be reinstated to his job in accordance with a State Board of Mediation and Arbitration ruling. Royston said in recommending the resolution: "There has been this dark cloud hanging over the police department and the town for too long now and it is time to try and put this behind us." Town voters approved the settlement in March.

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Hartford Courant, Lottery Post Staff

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United States
Member #141030
April 2, 2013
1481 Posts

That is a stinking shame. Greed will surely make you lose your  good sense of judgement.  Disapprove

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    ElinaSammy2081's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
    Bronx, NY
    United States
    Member #164548
    March 6, 2015
    1374 Posts

    He lost his career and his reputation for a ticket that didn't belong to him what a stupid move.

      Chasing $ Millions.
      White Shores- California
      United States
      Member #136473
      December 12, 2012
      6393 Posts

      He lost his career and his reputation for a ticket that didn't belong to him what a stupid move.

      I Agree!....makes one wonder what else he has done in the past that may or may not be brought to light! I seriously doubt this was his first rodeo.

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        ThatScaryChick's avatar - giphy11resized
        United States
        Member #56504
        November 21, 2007
        6704 Posts

        He tried to steal his own nieces lottery ticket. Says a lot about his character.

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          Funtimz's avatar - Lottery-022.jpg

          United States
          Member #165238
          March 30, 2015
          229 Posts

          Why resign, if you are innocent...

          Take Risks: If you win, you'll be happy.  If you lose, you will be wiser...

            United States
            Member #165916
            April 27, 2015
            7915 Posts

            This guy gives the term greedy pig a new meaning.

              Raven62's avatar - binary
              New Jersey
              United States
              Member #17842
              June 28, 2005
              134218 Posts

              Why resign, if you are innocent...


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                letsgetpaid123's avatar - Lottery-044.jpg
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                Member #91261
                May 13, 2010
                844 Posts

                The real crooks.

                  letsgetpaid123's avatar - Lottery-044.jpg
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                  Member #91261
                  May 13, 2010
                  844 Posts

                  I Agree!....makes one wonder what else he has done in the past that may or may not be brought to light! I seriously doubt this was his first rodeo.

                  I Agree!

                    CTNY's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
                    New Haven, CT - Queens, NY
                    United States
                    Member #98736
                    October 13, 2010
                    5458 Posts

                    lol...I know he fought a good fight with his conscious. Poor thing!!

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                      SilverLion's avatar - 8ball

                      United States
                      Member #165535
                      April 12, 2015
                      563 Posts

                      This is exactly why I detest and don't trust cops. 

                      If an American cant trust the TOP COP,

                      how can Americans trust the lower cops.

                      In defense of this clown, at least he didn't put a chokehold on his niece for that ticket.

                        MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

                        Member #9517
                        December 10, 2004
                        1757 Posts

                        What to learn from this:

                        Don't show your ticket to anyone until you go to the lottery company to claim the money.

                        Take photocopies of the ticket(film the ticket with your mobile phone camera too) just in case, and sign the ticket.

                          singlemom42015's avatar - Lottery-004.jpg
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                          Member #166802
                          June 9, 2015
                          7 Posts

                          This is why you keep a win as big as this to yourself until you have cashed in the ticket and moved the heck out of town. Money can change the people around you pretty quickly. I know it may seem exciting to let others know of your win but you just never know how far someone will go including your family to take it away from you. I hope she got the ticket back.

                            maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
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                            Member #37432
                            April 14, 2006
                            2747 Posts

                            If that's really her ticket then this guy has got to be one dumb cop.  The truth will come out

                            That money's gone fo ever