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Lottery Loser's Shady Past
The Smoking Gun ^ | 1/6/04

Posted on 01/06/2004 4:16:28 PM PST by saquin

Ohio woman has fraud, assault convictions, uses alias

JANUARY 6--The Ohio woman who told police that she purchased--and then lost--the winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket--has several arrests on her rap sheet, including convictions for assault and credit card fraud, The Smoking Gun has learned. In addition, Elecia Battle is using an alias and has falsely claimed to be married to the man with whom she now lives.

Battle, whose real name is Elecia Dickson, apparently has borrowed the surname of boyfriend James Battle. The 40-year-old pharmacy worker remains legally married to husband Keith Dickson, though the couple is in the middle of a divorce action pending in Cuyahoga County's Court of Common Pleas.

Using the Battle alias, Dickson this afternoon filed a lawsuit seeking to block the awarding of the Mega Millions jackpot to Rebecca Jemison, the woman who came forward today to claim the lottery jackpot (and who was declared the winner by Ohio state officials).

According to court records and TSG sources, Dickson's rap sheet dates back at least a decade and includes busts for aggravated menacing, assault, and credit card fraud. The latter conviction, according to a source familiar with the case, stemmed from a 1999 swindle Dickson orchestrated at a suburban Cleveland chain store. The below mug shot was taken following Dickson's September 1999 arrest in Cleveland Heights for misdemeanor assault.

The woman's estranged husband--who's been married to Dickson for 13 years--told TSG, "My wife can stretch things out of proportion." He added, "Looks like she filed a bogus police report."

When she went to cops with her tale of the lost lottery ticket, officers asked Dickson how she picked the six winning numbers. A couple of the numbers came from one son's birth date, while another number was her son's age flipped. As for why she picked the winning number 49, Dickson told cops that her "husband turns 49 this year." That came as a surprise to Keith Dickson, himself a dedicated gambler and lottery player. "I'm 44," he said. "I turn 45 in February."


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1 posted on 01/06/2004 4:16:28 PM PST by saquin
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2 posted on 01/06/2004 4:18:15 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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M.R. KROPKO
Associated Press

CLEVELAND - A hospital worker came forward Tuesday and collected a $162 million lottery jackpot, and another woman who told authorities she bought the winning ticket but lost it has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt any payout to the winner.

Rebecca Jemison, 34, of suburban South Euclid, turned in the ticket for the 11-state Mega Millions jackpot at Ohio Lottery headquarters. The lottery validated it Tuesday as the sole winning ticket for the drawing.

The woman with the competing claim, Elecia Battle, filed a lawsuit later Tuesday asking a Cuyahoga County judge to block the lottery from paying Jemison.

"My ticket was lost. I do recall all the numbers. They are all somehow family related. No one can tell me what I did and did not play. I did it honestly and I have no doubt," Battle told The Associated Press at the office of her attorney, Sheldon Starke.

Earlier, Jemison said the competing claim by Battle, 40, of Cleveland, prompted her to quit stalling and collect the prize from the Dec. 30 drawing.

Police, who originally had said Battle's story was credible, said they were investigating whether she had lied in a police report, a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days to six months in jail.

Dennis G. Kennedy, director of the Ohio Lottery, said the lottery was confident Jemison had purchased the ticket, not found it.

Jemison provided another lottery ticket purchased at the same time and location and had a lottery ticket that showed she had played the same numbers in the prior drawing, Kennedy said.

Ohio Woman Claims $162M Lottery Jackpot

3 posted on 01/06/2004 4:18:48 PM PST by saquin
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To: Protagoras
Here's your "winner."
4 posted on 01/06/2004 4:20:31 PM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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To: saquin
From the looks of it if she had won that money there would be a lot of very rich crack dealers in Cleveland in very short order...
5 posted on 01/06/2004 4:22:40 PM PST by EUPHORIC (Right? Left? Read Ecclesiastes 10:2 for a definition. The Bible knows all about it!)
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To: saquin
Just a few hours ago, many Freepers were feeling sorry for this woman and saying that the legal winner should do the right thing and "split the prize" with her.
6 posted on 01/06/2004 4:22:40 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
The prize should be split with me. I also had the winning numbers but I lost my ticket. Honest.
7 posted on 01/06/2004 4:24:03 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Saddam Hussein was only 537 Florida votes away from still being in power)
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To: SamAdams76
Just a few hours ago, many Freepers were feeling sorry for this woman

not this one....if it stinks like a duck...

8 posted on 01/06/2004 4:24:32 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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To: saquin
Early in the day, when the winner first came forward, I was wondering why she said that the authorities would "handle" this woman. Now I know why...
9 posted on 01/06/2004 4:25:41 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (The Democratic Party: Without an electoral mandate for almost 28 years.)
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To: SamAdams76
I felt sorry for her but really you can't prove lottery ticket winning unless you sign the back. Anyway, she looks like Whitney Houston's worst nightmare.
10 posted on 01/06/2004 4:31:40 PM PST by cyborg
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To: PJ-Comix
Heck, I thought about buying a ticket, but didn't. I deserve a cut too! ; )
11 posted on 01/06/2004 4:36:09 PM PST by Vesuvian
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To: cyborg
Oh well, it was worth a shot. 162 million or 30 days in the slam?
13 posted on 01/06/2004 4:50:11 PM PST by Holly_P
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To: Holly_P
LOL from the sound of her rap sheet, 30 days would be easy.
14 posted on 01/06/2004 4:53:48 PM PST by cyborg
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To: saquin
I figured as much.
15 posted on 01/06/2004 4:56:48 PM PST by Tempest
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To: saquin; dixie sass
Hey dixie see what i mean im still laughing
16 posted on 01/06/2004 4:58:40 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (Laziness travels so slowly that Poverty soon overtakes it !)
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To: sinkspur
I would hate to be the dumbass attorney who has filed suit to enjoin the winnings from being distributed to the real winner.
17 posted on 01/06/2004 5:00:33 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: sinkspur
Hey, I had the winning ticket also, yeah that's right. I lost it. Where do I get paid?
18 posted on 01/06/2004 5:04:30 PM PST by mrfixit514
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To: saquin
Why not give her a call at home. He home number is right there on the police report.
19 posted on 01/06/2004 5:05:16 PM PST by clamboat
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To: SamAdams76
Maybe she should have stuck to reparations as her scam of choice.
20 posted on 01/06/2004 5:06:04 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Bikers4Bush
One hot mama.

Ping.
21 posted on 01/06/2004 5:06:18 PM PST by RabidBartender (Congratulations - LSU and USC - 2003 National Champions!!!!!!!)
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To: clamboat
Why not give her a call at home. He home number is right there on the police report.

Wow, I didn't notice that. They blocked out her work number, but not her home phone number. Ha!

(Why do I think her "work number" is some drug dealer's cell phone? Oops, did I say that out loud?)

22 posted on 01/06/2004 5:08:21 PM PST by saquin
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To: saquin
They forgot to blur out the home phone number.

Oopsie!

That's one grim-looking woman.

23 posted on 01/06/2004 5:08:34 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Dick Gephardt. Before he dicks you.)
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To: Support Free Republic
Where's Jesse?

Clearly she's been disenfranchised.

No justice no peace.

Hugs not drugs.

....and all that other BS.

24 posted on 01/06/2004 5:09:42 PM PST by Lizavetta (Savage is right. Extreme liberalness is a mental disorder.)
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To: SamAdams76
Just a few hours ago, many Freepers were feeling sorry for this woman and saying that the legal winner should do the right thing and "split the prize" with her

I didn't feel sorry for her(Ms. Battle), but you gotta admit she did come up with one a hell of a story. I stood on the sidelines and knew she was a fraud when Ms. Jemison rightly claimed her prize this morning, but it seems the press took her story hook, line, and sinker.

The lawyer she hired is going to drop her like a hot potato. I wouldn't be surprised if the sleazbag lawyer sues her for fraud.

25 posted on 01/06/2004 5:14:13 PM PST by Dane
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To: SamAdams76
~ BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP ~ DISRUPTER ALERT ~

I went back through all the prior postings on this story and not a single FREEPER stated anything that could be construed to be support for giving her the winnings based on her cock-and-bull story.

Almost everyone was of the opinion that you have to have a ticket to ride!

26 posted on 01/06/2004 5:16:10 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: saquin
Jemison provided another lottery ticket purchased at the same time and location and had a lottery ticket that showed she had played the same numbers in the prior drawing, Kennedy said.

I figured this would do it. If one of my regular plays ever hits the jackpot, I'll have a box of misses to show it was really me.

27 posted on 01/06/2004 5:22:34 PM PST by VadeRetro
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To: saquin
Rosie Ruiz, white courtesy telephone please.
28 posted on 01/06/2004 5:24:22 PM PST by Nick Danger ( With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.)
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To: saquin

Scary. Very scary.

29 posted on 01/06/2004 5:24:49 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: Nick Danger
Rosie Ruiz, white courtesy telephone please.

It occurred to me that this was a Rosie Ruiz moment as well.

30 posted on 01/06/2004 5:25:49 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: muawiyah
~ BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP ~ DISRUPTER ALERT ~ I went back through all the prior postings on this story and not a single FREEPER stated anything that could be construed to be support for giving her the winnings based on her cock-and-bull story.

As Ed McMahon used to say, "You are WRONG, sir!"

Go to this thread and check out replys 13, 70, 101 and 133, just for starters. Each Freeper either believed the scam artist's story or believed that the real winner should share the prize with her.

Are you going to withdraw your "disruptor alert" now?

31 posted on 01/06/2004 5:25:59 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: RckyRaCoCo
" not this one....if it stinks like a duck..."


Are you saying she is on ..........

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QUACK?



bwahahahahahaha
32 posted on 01/06/2004 5:28:32 PM PST by lawdude (Liberalism: A failure every time it is tried!)
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To: Holly_P
Oh well, it was worth a shot

I imagine that was her lawyer's motivation for this sham

33 posted on 01/06/2004 5:28:51 PM PST by paul51
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To: muawiyah
Sorry, gave out the wrong reply numbers in that thread I just mentioned. Check out replies 15, 74, 101 and 133 in that thread.

34 posted on 01/06/2004 5:29:05 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
I believed you all along!

=D
35 posted on 01/06/2004 5:30:11 PM PST by RabidBartender (Congratulations - LSU and USC - 2003 National Champions!!!!!!!)
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To: SamAdams76
FR threads get way to carried away. You could make a lot of omlettes by scraping the egg off FReeper faces.

My aunt works at the school in IL that a kid was kicked out for having "NRA materials and pro-gun materials."

FReepers got all riled up. Turns out what happened was he had a list of "People I am going to kill," which included teachers and students. Thats why he got kicked out.

NEVER LET THE FACTS RUIN A GOOD THREAD!!!
36 posted on 01/06/2004 5:31:31 PM PST by KneelBeforeZod (If God hadn't meant for them to be sheared, he wouldn't have made them sheep.)
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To: saquin
I picked the right numbers, but the computer messed up and printed them all wrong. Who do I sue?
37 posted on 01/06/2004 5:31:32 PM PST by Semi Civil Servant
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To: Nick Danger
Rosie Ruiz, white courtesy telephone please

That name sounds familiar, was she the one who was the fraudulent Boston Marathon winner, about 15 years ago.

38 posted on 01/06/2004 5:32:23 PM PST by Dane
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To: SamAdams76
Not so fast! If you are going to cite me, make sure you get it right - I said I believed her story - it was credible. I said I would return a ticket if I found one - I never said the money should be split and shared.

I was under the mistaken impression the cops at least took down some i.d. from her or a social security number to check in their system BEFORE releasing the "news" to the media. Sheesh! Nobody knows she's a criminal until after the winner is forced out of hiding? Nice.
39 posted on 01/06/2004 5:40:43 PM PST by mabelkitty
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To: muawiyah
One freeper (may be another thread) said Jamison should give Battle a million dollars after taxes. I would give her $.25 cents so she could call someone who cares.
40 posted on 01/06/2004 5:42:30 PM PST by Ditter
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lets say she did really lose the ticket...what precedent would we have?

replacement value of the ticket? $1

or current value? millions.

there must be some case that would be similar...an object either sold or lost, and the new owner finds out its worth a lot...

41 posted on 01/06/2004 5:44:39 PM PST by KneelBeforeZod (If God hadn't meant for them to be sheared, he wouldn't have made them sheep.)
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To: SamAdams76
Yep. I saw that too.
42 posted on 01/06/2004 5:45:20 PM PST by gitmo (Who is John Galt?)
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To: SamAdams76
Your original number set didn't pan out.

Second number set was better although that one Freeper said "I believer her", whatever that means (ROTFLMAO), and the guy at 13 did, at least, attempt to base his statement on laws of probability (albeit a misapprehension of what can be done in that regard).

Now, for the other two ~ they said the winnings should be split or shared just for the sake of good feeling. I would agree their recommendation was in error, but this is the same kind of "feel good" morality stuff you get with the American Friends Service Committee.

I even have friends who buy into that sort of thing ~ sure, they're nuts but they'd be down there at the jailhouse for bail to get me out at 3 AM so I put up with it ~

You can remove your "DISRUPTER ALERT" now. Still, the do-gooders were in a distinct minority - did you see how many hundreds of responses that thread has now? Wow! And all for a piece of c**p.

43 posted on 01/06/2004 5:45:24 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Support Free Republic
NO!!!!!!!!!! Tell me it's not so
44 posted on 01/06/2004 5:47:25 PM PST by clamper1797 (Conservative by nature ... Republican in Spirit ... Patriot by Heart ... and Anti Liberal BY GOD)
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To: mabelkitty
I was just referring to your reply to rebut muawiyah's contention that nobody here was saying that they defended her or wanted the prize split with her. Nothing personal and I didn't mean to single you out.

I said that the replies EITHER believed her story or advocated splitting the money. I did not mean to infer that each and every reply I referred to did both. It was either one or the other.

45 posted on 01/06/2004 5:48:46 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: muawiyah
Your original number set didn't pan out.

Yep. That's why I don't play the lottery. I can't even remember the same numbers for 15 seconds. I later corrected the reply numbers to be 15, 74, 101 and 133.

No big deal. I just took offense to being tagged a "disruptor" when I certainly wasn't that.

46 posted on 01/06/2004 5:51:00 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Dog Gone
I would hate to be the dumbass attorney who has filed suit to enjoin the winnings from being distributed to the real winner.

That lawyer and every other stinking ambulance chasing POS should be charged for every penny that was lost defending against their frivolity and disbarred

47 posted on 01/06/2004 5:51:13 PM PST by clamper1797 (Conservative by nature ... Republican in Spirit ... Patriot by Heart ... and Anti Liberal BY GOD)
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To: Ditter
If this woman somehow managed to scam a million dollars from the rightful winner, mortgage your house and bet everything you have that she would be flat broke by summer.
48 posted on 01/06/2004 5:51:45 PM PST by Guillermo (All Puns Intended)
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To: SamAdams76
Disruptor alert!!
49 posted on 01/06/2004 5:52:36 PM PST by Guillermo (All Puns Intended)
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To: SamAdams76
No big deal. I just took offense to being tagged a "disruptor" when I certainly wasn't that.

Yeah, but what I want to know is whether hurricane season is over.

50 posted on 01/06/2004 5:53:10 PM PST by Dog Gone
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