Registered Sexual Predator wins $3 million lottery jackpot! THAT AND MORE ON NEWS!
Registered Sexual Predator wins $3 million lottery jackpot!
At the Florida Lottery headquarters, Timothy Poole, 43, posed for a photo with an oversized check after claiming his $3 million Scratch-Off prize. But when the image hit the Internet, others recognized the 450-pound man as a registered sexual predator.
In 2001, the Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested Poole on charges of sexual battery on a victim under 12, records show. Before that, he was arrested in 1991 for stealing almost $20,000 in food stamps from Safeco Inc. of Ocala, where he worked as a guard.
This week, Poole claimed his winnings from the Florida Lottery in a one-time lump-sum payment of $2,219,807.90. He played the Super Millions scratch-off game which costs $20 a ticket. The game offers 12 top prizes of $3 million and, with Poole's winner, five remain, spokeswoman Keri Gero said.
A call to Poole's workplace, Triangle Cabs, was not returned. He did not answer the door of his Mount Dora home where a "No Trespassing" sign was posted on a fence.
The Florida Lottery took down a photo of Poole from its website after learning from media about his past.
"We chose to not draw additional attention to this particular winner," said Shelly Gerteisen, communications manager for the Florida Lottery.
This is not the first time a registered sex offender has struck it rich.
In 2007, a Jensen Beach man arrested for lewd and lascivious or indecent assault upon a child snagged a $14 million lottery jackpot prize.
This year, Massachusetts legislators are considering a bill to prevent registered sex offenders from collecting lottery earnings after a $10 million winner used the money to buy expensive gifts for a new victim, police said.
In Florida, there are no laws that prohibit registered sexual predators from playing the numbers and collecting winnings. The Florida Lottery cannot withhold earnings based on someone's criminal record.
"There are no registration laws that would prevent that, but if that offender was under supervision or on probation there could be additional sanctions imposed by the judge," said Samantha Andrews of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Restrictions depend on the nature of the crime, Andrews said. For example, some sexual predators cannot dress up on Halloween because it attracts attention from children, she said. City or county ordinances may also prevent sexual predators from living within 1,000 feet of a school, day care or park.
Poole pleaded guilty in 2002 to sexual battery of two boys.
The incidents occurred in the late 1990s in both Tavares and Orlando, where he sometimes stayed with the boys' parents, according to an Orange County sheriff's report. Poole, then 28, denied the allegations to sheriff's detectives, saying he would never hurt the boys because he felt as if they were his own.
He was sentenced to five years in prison by Circuit Judge Alan S. Apte and was released from state custody in 2006.
Half of New Jersey's Most Frequent Lottery Winners Are Lottery Retailers or Their Family Members
There's something suspicious going on in New Jersey. Well . . . there are probably about two billion suspicious things going on in New Jersey, but we're just focusing on this one right now.
The New Jersey Lottery recently noticed a strange trend in their most frequent winners. Ten of the 20 most frequent lottery winners in the state are people who either sell lottery tickets at a store . . . or have family members who do. Hmmm.
Those 10 people have won 840 total jackpots in five years . . . worth about $1.8 MILLION.
Statistically speaking, most of them would've had to spend around $1 million on tickets to win as often as they have. And since it's not likely that any of them did . . . the lottery commission has launched an investigation.
Their best guess as to what's going on is those people who sell lottery tickets are illegally cashing other people's winning tickets then keeping a percentage.
Here's how that works. People who win prizes over $600 in the lottery have to send in their tickets to get paid. But if they owe back taxes or child support or court fees, they might not want things to be official because their winnings would be garnished.
So the store owner cashes the ticket for them . . . and takes 20% or more.
A Couple Got Sick of a Guy Stealing Their Packages . . . So They Bait Him Using a Fake Package Filled With Poop
It's the busiest time of the year for delivering packages . . . and that means a TON of unattended boxes left on people's porches and doorsteps. Which is a pretty ripe opportunity for thieves.
A couple in Washington D.C. has been having trouble with one . . . someone kept stealing packages off their front porch. So they decided to get him busted AND get revenge on him.
First they took an Amazon box and filled it up with DOG POOP. Then they put it on their porch as bait . . . with a surveillance camera pointed right at it.
The thief took the bait on Monday . . . although he didn't open the package until he was off-camera, so they don't know how he reacted.
And the couple gave the surveillance footage of him to the local news and the cops, so they're trying to track him down.