- Jun 8, 2009
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- People's Republic of NJ
A village man is among a group of three accused of cheating an immigrant worker out of a $3 million lottery jackpot.
Zugibe said the purchaser of the ticket lives in the United States illegally and that the three suspects convinced him that attempting to claim the prize would invalidate the winnings and result in his deportation.
Executive Assistant District Attorney Gary Lee Heavener said the man had signed the ticket, leaving the suspects unable to claim the prize. The suspects are believed to have negotiated with the man, promising him a portion of the winnings while convincing him to include them as co-purchasers of the ticket when claiming the prize. Heavener said the man who bought the ticket is entitled to the winnings, regardless of immigration status.
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Well it looks like these crooks are going to jail. But it begs the question: Should illegals be eligible to win the lottery? And if so, shouldn't they be required to reimburse the govt. for any entitlements they or their children may have received?