Man sues over stolen $1 million lottery ticket

Man sues over stolen $1 million lottery ticket

June 1st, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

AUSTIN, Texas - A North Texas man is suing the Texas Lottery Commission and others for $1 million in winnings from a lottery ticket prosecutors say was stolen from him in 2009.

Travis County prosecutors say a convenience store clerk in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie cheated Willis Willis out of the ticket, redeemed it himself and fled to his native Nepal.

Prosecutors recovered $395,000 from the clerk's bank accounts and obtained a court ruling that Willis is the ticket's rightful owner. But the lawsuit says the clerk received $750,000 in prize money after taxes - money Willis says he has coming to him. The clerk remains a fugitive.

The Texas attorney general's office contends the lottery ticket is a "bearer instrument" redeemable by whoever holds it.