NY Lottery winner eventually collects $14m prize after being defrauded by store clerk
NEW YORK, NY. – The winner of a New York Lottery prize of $14,000,000 was “thrilled” to finally get his hands on the money after a deli worker who got hold of the winning ticket coughed up after being confronted by the police.
Milledge McCassell’s huge win was so close to being ruined by a store clerk. On the 25th of August Mr. McCassell went to his local store to buy four $2 Quick Pick tickets for the draw later that evening. The next day, he went to another lottery vendor to check his tickets, unaware that he had one that had matched all six numbers so he checked them on the electronic machine which flashed up the message “Big Winner!” on the screen.
He then had the ticket scanned by a male store clerk at the same place to find out exactly how much he’d won but the shop worker had other ideas and told the 72 year old that he was not in fact a big winner and that he had “already thrown it away”. McCassell said, “I knew something wasn’t right”. Once he had told someone he trusted and got the police involved, the employee at the deli changed his tune quickly and miraculously “found” the winning ticket, according to New York Lottery officials.
Officials said they believed McCassell’s story — despite his lack of signature on the winning ticket — because computer records backed his claim that he had bought that ticket in the Laurelton store, but checked it at the Jamaica store.
The store in Jamaica where he had the ticket checked has been suspended from selling lottery tickets, including scratch cards and the clerk who tried to defraud the winner has been fired.
Milledge McCassell opted to take his prize money as a lump sum so he will get $5.5 million after all taxes are taken from the original $8.7 million lump sum prize.
Published: September 20, 2010