Two Mississippi men are in custody after being accused of trying to claim a $100,000 lottery prize with a fake scratch-off lottery ticket.
Mississippi Lottery Corp. spokeswoman Meg Annison said the two individuals came to the lottery headquarters in Flowood Monday morning seeking to claim the prize.
Annison said lottery officials immediately determined the ticket had been altered. It appeared glue had been used.
Annison said the Lottery Corp. has measures in place to ensure a ticket is legitimate, including a bar code.
Sgt. Adam Nelson of the Flowood Police Department said about 9:20 a.m., Flowood police received a call from the Mississippi Lottery Corp. in reference to two adult males attempting to pass a fake lottery ticket.
Flowood officers arrived on scene moments later and took both subjects into custody. After speaking with lottery officials, officers learned that the suspects presented a $100,000 ticket that had been altered by gluing the winning numbers on the ticket that matched the prize. The ticket was signed and presented to the commission for payment.
Police arrested Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, both of Columbus. They were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and uttering a counterfeit instrument over $1,000. Latham was also charged with false ID Information. Both were held Monday after without bond at the Rankin County Jail. Their initial court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.
Mississippi's lottery kicked off Nov. 25 with scratch-off lottery tickets. Powerball and Mega Millions ticket sales will begin Jan. 30.