Imagine this – for a day, you are one of the luckiest people in the world. For the small cost of a $10 scratch off lottery ticket, you win $1 million dollars. The sun is brighter, the birds sing louder, and the world is a happier place.
Then disaster happens. It all gets taken away from you.
No, the award was not made in error. In fact, the first payment of $50,000 had already been made. The lottery ticket was legitimate and verified. But now it turns out that winning this big award may end up sending one man to jail.
The problem was that any form of gambling, including purchasing a lottery ticket, violated the probation order of convicted bank robber, Timothy Elliot.
Under terms of his probation, he “may not gamble, purchase lottery tickets or visit an establishment where gaming is conducted, including restaurants where Keno may be played.”
State lottery officials routinely cross reference winners of large lottery prizes against state records to verify whether or not they have any back taxes or child support, and Elliot’s name came up on the bad boy list. A judge will soon determine what will happen to Elliot’s winnings.
In this case, it looks like his luck may have run out.
What do you think should happen to his winnings? Should he be allowed to keep them or not?