In Mississippi, two men are accused of attempting to defraud the state lottery commission by presenting a losing ticket with the winning numbers pasted to it.
In Mississippi, two men are accused of attempting to defraud the state lottery commission by presenting a losing ticket with the winning numbers pasted to it. Russel Sparks, 48, and Odis Latham (47), who were arrested on Monday, have been charged with charges such as uttering counterfeit instruments worth more than $1,000.
A signed ticket was handed to the commission for payment, according to the alleged complaint. It was November 25 that the scratch-off lottery tickets went on sale, and January 20 when the Powerball and Mega Million lottery tickets were released.
In the morning, the state lottery commission notified Flowood police about the fraudulent ticket, according to Sergeant Adam Nelson of the department’s Flowood office. The suspects, according to police, showed a $100,000 ticket that seemed to have the winning numbers stuck on it. A court date was set for Tuesday for the two males, both of whom are from Columbus, Ohio. They may or may not be represented by a lawyer.
A Rankin County Jail was holding the guys, who had pleaded not guilty. Detainees were holding Latham and Sparks on $51,000 bail each.