Isn’t It Ironic?
Have you ever heard the Alanis Morrissette song, Ironic? One of the lyrics is about a man who won the lottery and then died the next day. While that scenario is certainly bad, there’s an even worse option. Just imagine convicted criminals winning millions from the lottery! Now, that’s what we call an infuriating turn of events.
You may think that the scenario is an exception, but it happens a lot more often than people believe. Here are some of the most shocking and bizarre cases of criminals winning the lottery.
$10 Million Criminal
If you live in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, you may have heard of Daniel Snay. This man is listed on the Sex Offender Registry Board as a level three (high risk) sex offender. He was convicted of indecent assault and battery of a minor under 14 back in 1974 and 1976.
Fast forward to 2008, Snay purchased a scratch-off ticket and promptly won a huge prize of 10 million dollars. Between then and now, police say that he used that money to entice children and commit more crimes.
In March of 2014, Snay was arrested for the same crime—indecent assault and battery of a minor. The official list of indictments includes reckless endangerment of a child, enticement of a child and dissemination of pornography to a minor. The Uxbridge police force is working with officers in Connecticut and Rhode Island, where Snay allegedly committed some of his crimes.
His bail was set at $5 million.
Scamming Massachusetts Lotto
One of the biggest crimes to befall the lottery is when a researcher and several MIT students figured out a way to manipulate the lotto. Oh, but that isn’t the end of it! The Mass. Lottery was privy to the scandal, and instead of stopping the crime, they chose to let it go on!
The students figured out that by purchasing 100,000 dollars worth of tickets when the jackpot reached two million dollars or more, they were guaranteeing themselves a win. The students followed the algorithm, and in 2005, they had earned multiple prizes worth eight million dollars altogether.
The result of this crime? There wasn’t development as one would expect. The game that the students bought a ticket for continued to be active for another five years and it was discontinued in 2010.
A Shakespearean Tragedy
This particular story is a little different than the previous ones. Back in 2010, Abraham Shakespeare won 30 million dollars in the Florida lottery. After choosing to take the winnings in the form of a lump sum (approximately 17 million dollars), things started going downhill for Abraham. Robert Brown, the winner’s brother said Abraham felt he would have been better off had he never won the lottery.
After winning millions, he quickly learned that his friends were not very reliable. Instead of being there for him, they only wanted the cash. One of these so-called friends was a woman called Dee Dee Moree. She told Shakespeare that she was interested in writing a book about his life. The two became friends quickly and even ended up being business partners.
It is believed that Dee Dee was a con artist who took large sums of money from Abrahams and eventually ended up Murdering him. The story became huge after Dee Dee was convicted of murder and she still insisted that she hadn’t done anything.
The Benefits Abuser
Benefits are there to help people who don’t have the means to support themselves. The following story is about a guy who was anything but desperate.
Roland McLaughlin is one of the people who should be ashamed of themselves. The Manchester bouncer had acquired benefits totaling about 10,000 pounds over three years. His reason for receiving funding was back pain – a valid enough reason.
Unfortunately, Roland forgot to tell the authorities one little thing when he made the benefits claim. It accidentally slipped his mind that he had won 62,950 pounds from the lottery. Eventually, the 37-year-old father admitted to four counts of dishonesty.
Roland’s attorney attempted to get his client out of trouble by focusing on the fact that he didn’t have a criminal record and he was also in a financially challenging situation. Lucky Roland was sentenced to 100 hours of community service for his manipulative ways.
When crimes are committed, money is usually found to be the main motivator—either people have too much money and don’t know what to do with it or they want money, and they will do anything to get their hands on it. Whichever way you look at it, if there is a crime being committed, you can bet there are greedy fingers involved.