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LOTTO LOSERS
The American Partisan ^ | January 8, 2004 | Timothy Rollins

Posted on 01/08/2004 12:25:22 PM PST by MrBallroom

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In Memory of The Fallen 9-11-2001LOTTO LOSERS
by Timothy Rollins, Editor and Publisher

January 8, 2004

Timothy Rollins - Beneath the Surface

With the turn of events the last couple of days regarding the MegaMillions winner in Ohio, this was simply too good to pass up. Then as a bonus, the richest loser in America made the papers again with yet another case of men behaving badly.

Lotto 'Claimant' Elecia Battle (AP)We begin with America's idiot of the moment, and I'm not thinking of Mr. Britney Spears (aka Jason Alexander of Kenwood, Louisiana), but rather 40-year-old Elecia Battle (right) of Cleveland. For the unfamiliar, here's what happened: Last weekend, there was a single winner of the 11-state $162 million MegaMillion Lotto jackpot resulting in a net payout of $67,200,000 after taxes. A few days passed and nobody came forward to claim the prize. Battle took it upon herself to go to the police with what is fast turning into a cock-and-bull story of having bought the winning ticket and having lost it as she was exiting the convenience store. Kinda like the "my dog ate it" excuse. She had people (who later turned out to be suckers) scurrying through the parking lot in the snow looking for a scrap of paper in vain hopes of finding the elusive 'winning piece of paper.'

MegaMillions Winner Rebecca Jemison (FNC)Fast forward a couple of days and we have 34-year-old Rebecca Jemison (left) coming forward with the winning ticket in hand. Jemison had waited a few days before coming forward because she had taken time to consult with both an accountant as well as an attorney - something anyone coming into a large sum of money would do - whether by lottery or inheritance or other windfall such as a stock dividend or the like. After Battle's grandstanding for 15 minutes of fame, Jemison felt she needed to come forward and claim her legitimate prize. The Ohio Lottery Commission performed their confidential validation tests on Jemison's ticket and determined it to be the sole winning ticket, thus negating Battle's 'claim' that she had bought a winning ticket. Battle has since retained a lawyer and is suing to block the Ohio Lottery Commission from paying out the winnings. From a rule of law, this case is a SLAM DUNK for Jemison, and how Battle sucked in Beachwood, Ohio attorney Sheldon Starke to take the case is way beyond me, unless he also wanted 15 minutes of fame as well. There is no way on earth any judge is going to rule in Battle's favor with no physical evidence and scratchy hearsay at best - that, and Battle's past record for credit card fraud. Plus, lottery tickets are bearer notes and in effect, finder's keepers. Jemison had legitimately bought her ticket and had previous and subsequent ticket purchases in her possession that satisfied lottery officials that she bought the ticket.

Although at first convincing to police with the report of a lost ticket, Battle is now being investigated for filing a false police report which in Ohio carries a penalty of 30 days to six months in jail. This would not be Battle's first brush with the law. Jemison's response to all this: "Let authorities handle her," she said. "It's very unfortunate that someone would think of something like this." Clearly the signs of a class act.

It seems that Battle, under her married name, was arrested for credit card fraud as mentioned earlier as well as assault. When asked about past run-ins with the law, Battle said she was charged but not convicted.

Powerball Winner Jack Whittaker (AP)"I'm done with that," she said. "I paid the fine. That's end of story. It makes me look like I'm a bad person. Everybody has bad in the past. I'm not even worried about that, really. I never did any jail time for that." Excuse me Miss Not-Completely-There, but when you pay a fine, it's usually in lieu of jail time, and the fact you paid a fine is evidence of a conviction. In other words, you were GUILTY of credit card fraud and whatever other charges that may have been piled on top of that complaint. Face it: you're a loser on this score, and probably on life in general. Rebecca Jemison on the other hand is a winner because she had the presence of mind to keep her wits about her and consult people who had the wisdom to handle finances responsibly, and hopefully these winnings will last her a lifetime and beyond.

Joining Battle in the loser's corner this week is the biggest Powerball winner in American history. Remember Jack Whittaker (right)? He won $314,900,000 on Christmas Day 2002 and elected to take a lump sum payment of $113 million after taxes. Perhaps the only good thing he did with part of the loot is start a foundation (more than likely for tax purposes) designed to help West Virginians find jobs, buy food or receive an education. Other than that, he remains the same idiot loser he was prior to the big win.

Timmy Novotny of Sheboygan, Wisconsin (AP)It seems he went to a bar he had been previously banished from and threatened the owner and said he'd have him and his family killed. Last summer, he carried a briefcase with over $500,000 in cash and cashier checks into a T&A bar only to get drugged and mugged - served the bum right. The loot was recovered and two club employees were arrested. He's currently out on bail for the threatening charges and faces a $100 fine and up to six months in jail if convicted.

Ever get the feeling that those who look for trouble find it? And deserve it?

If they wanted 15 minutes of fame, they should have followed the lead of seven-year-old Timmy Novotny of Sheboygan, Wisconsin (left), who crawled his way into the top of one of those stuffed toy machines with an opening 8½ inches square. He went in through the top and landed in with the stuffed animals at the local Piggly Wiggly store. That was last Saturday, and by Tuesday, he was in New York doing the morning TV show circuit. Now THAT'S 15 minutes of fame.

And a little child shall lead them … ***

© 2004 Timothy Rollins

Elecia Battle 1999 Police Mugshot (AP)UPDATE: Since this article was posted, Battle has admitted to lying about having the winning numbers and has dropped her lawsuit to claim the winnings. Police are expected to file charges of filing a false police report against her, which would make this the fourth time she has had a run-in with the law. She could face 30 days to six months in jail, and with her record, could well get the maximum term, which she should, to set an example to keep other losers from pulling another "Battle Maneuver." She has prior run-ins with the law, to include:

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Ohio; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: criminality; fame; fraud; greed; lotteries; opportunism; spotlight; stupidity

1 posted on 01/08/2004 12:25:26 PM PST by MrBallroom
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To: MrBallroom
I'll stick to my wage slave salary and be able to sleep at night thanks. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil, and just goes to show you that money may solve a few things but won't really ensure happiness in life.
2 posted on 01/08/2004 12:52:30 PM PST by cyborg
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3 posted on 01/08/2004 12:54:16 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: cyborg
The LOVE of money is the root of all evil

Dont forget stuffed animals... they are too.

4 posted on 01/08/2004 1:00:16 PM PST by smith288 (Secret member of the VRWC elite forces)
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To: MrBallroom
Money can't buy happiness, but it can dang sure put a down payment on content.
5 posted on 01/08/2004 1:02:38 PM PST by socal_parrot (Howard Dean...In your guts, you know he's nuts.)
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To: cyborg
"But she said she wanted to win", don't her feelings count for anything. To bad Nancy Pelosi isn't her rep., she would figure out a way to make her feel good.
6 posted on 01/08/2004 1:06:04 PM PST by cabbieguy ("I suppose it will all make sense when we grow up")
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To: smith288
The LOVE of money is the root of all evil
Dont forget stuffed animals... they are too.

Particularly Barney the Purple Dinosaur ...

7 posted on 01/08/2004 1:09:08 PM PST by ArrogantBustard
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To: socal_parrot
Money can't buy happiness

You obviously don't know how to shop. :^D
8 posted on 01/08/2004 1:11:58 PM PST by HEY4QDEMS
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To: MrBallroom
......made the papers again with yet another case of men behaving badly.

How in the he11 is this a case of MEN behaving badly?

9 posted on 01/08/2004 1:17:11 PM PST by expatpat
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To: expatpat
He's talking about Mr Whitterker
10 posted on 01/08/2004 1:37:21 PM PST by HEY4QDEMS
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To: HEY4QDEMS
I guess I should have read the whole thing, instead of just the top and bottom.
11 posted on 01/08/2004 2:02:58 PM PST by expatpat
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To: cyborg
One Hundred Sixty Eight MILLION! Dollars.
One Hundred Sixty Eight MILLION! Dollars.
One Hundred Sixty Eight MILLION! Dollars.
One Hundred Sixty Eight MILLION! Dollars.
One Hundred Sixty Eight MILLION! Dollars.
One Hundred Sixty Eight MILLION! Dollars.
One Hundred Sixty Eight MILLION! Dollars.

No, I have no point.

I just like writing One Hundred Sixty Eight MILLION! Dollars.

12 posted on 01/08/2004 2:06:13 PM PST by Lazamataz (I stole this tagline from Conspiracy Guy. I beat him up and took it. That's because I can.)
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To: MrBallroom
From a rule of law, this case is a SLAM DUNK for Jemison, and how Battle sucked in Beachwood, Ohio attorney Sheldon Starke to take the case is way beyond me, unless he also wanted 15 minutes of fame as well.

Lawyers are whores who will do anything for money, or the "fame" needed to get more money. I guess he got jealous over all the face time that Geragos is getting in the news lately.

Other than that, he (WV lottery winner Jack Whittaker) remains the same idiot loser he was prior to the big win.

Proof that it takes more than money to make a person rich...

13 posted on 01/08/2004 2:11:54 PM PST by hunter112
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To: Lazamataz
Fill a page with that and send it to Battle...(grin!)
14 posted on 01/08/2004 2:18:58 PM PST by Ladysmith (Back at it! Low-carbing and working out hard! (231.5 (-29.1)))
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To: MrBallroom
I licked a lightbulb, once.
15 posted on 01/08/2004 2:19:57 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: expatpat
Whittaker was being a butthead - he threatened to kill a man and have his family killed. The buzzard should do 6 months in jail for it and be billed by the state for his incarceration. After all, he has $113 million - he can afford it. Just because he's rich doesn't make him a winner - he's just a wealthy loser - like much of Hollyweird.
16 posted on 01/08/2004 2:27:14 PM PST by MrBallroom
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To: smith288
I don't want to be poor and happy.
I don't want to be rich and unhappy.
I just want to be well-off and moody!
17 posted on 01/08/2004 2:41:22 PM PST by Jerry Attrick
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To: socal_parrot
Money can't buy happiness, but it can dang sure put a down payment on content.

Money can't buy happiness, but it lets you choose your own form of misery.

18 posted on 01/08/2004 2:44:25 PM PST by Poohbah ("Beware the fury of a patient man" -- John Dryden)
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To: cyborg
I'd like to win a more low-key lottery prize between $25,000 - $500,000. Enough to redo the home, buy another pickup, and take a nice vacation.
19 posted on 01/08/2004 2:46:09 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (EEE)
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To: MrBallroom
Hehe funny stuff.
20 posted on 01/08/2004 2:46:29 PM PST by Tempest
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To: MrBallroom
Rebecca Jemison on the other hand is a winner because she had the presence of mind to keep her wits about her and consult people who had the wisdom to handle finances responsibly, and hopefully these winnings will last her a lifetime and beyond.

People who buy lottery tickets are inherently unable to handle money.

21 posted on 01/08/2004 2:49:00 PM PST by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: cyborg
I don't LOVE money, but I do seem to have a passing acquaintance with my paycheck.
22 posted on 01/08/2004 2:49:48 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: cyborg
The LOVE of money is the root of all evil

This article is a load of BS. It takes two people's examples and paints a broad brush with all lottery winners. The few people who win the lottery and mismanage their money away are the ones who get the media spotlight so everyone can say "See what happens when you win the lottery?"

The bottom line is other people hate it when someone else win the lottery. I for one would not feel guilty winning a $160 million prize. I spent my several dollars on a chance; therefore if my numbers hit I won my money fair and square. To hell with the hypocrites because had they won they'd act the same way too.

23 posted on 01/08/2004 2:52:55 PM PST by Chris Tucker
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To: MrBallroom
Last summer, he carried a briefcase with over $500,000 in cash and cashier checks into a T&A bar only to get drugged and mugged - served the bum right.

Carrying that much cash in a briefcase into a bar was stupid, but being drugged and mugged did not serve him right. I assume that the people who did the drugging and mugging are being prosecuted and don't serve food or drinks anymore.

24 posted on 01/08/2004 2:56:07 PM PST by VadeRetro
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To: Chris Tucker
You are probably right, but there must be some reason why I haven't won it LOL
25 posted on 01/08/2004 4:02:26 PM PST by cyborg
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
yes so would i, I do not know how having $200 million would change me
26 posted on 01/08/2004 4:03:39 PM PST by cyborg
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To: Tijeras_Slim
LOL passing? as in when you're passing it to Mrs.Slim?
27 posted on 01/08/2004 4:04:43 PM PST by cyborg
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
*thinking out loud and typing* Hmmm, I wonder what would happen if FR started its own lottery pool for members in good standing. Maybe Lazamataz could administer it, since he's the most level-headed FReeper on the whole site.
28 posted on 01/08/2004 4:36:04 PM PST by rabidralph (All your debate are belong to us.)
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To: MrBallroom
I would wonder whether the act of filing the lawsuit could constitute attempted fraud. Although she's dropped the lawsuit, I see no reason to believe she would have done so had she not found that the evidence that she was lying was so incontrovertible.
29 posted on 01/08/2004 9:35:57 PM PST by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: MrBallroom
The moral of this story is: MEN, beware what you take home! Sometimes a little bit of powder and a little bit of paint makes an ugly girl what she ain't!!! This is one ugly female, inside and out...
30 posted on 01/08/2004 9:42:01 PM PST by tinacart ((I STILL hate hitlery!))
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To: MrBallroom
Lotto: A supplemental tax on people bad at math
31 posted on 01/08/2004 10:01:01 PM PST by frostbit (Non Sibi, sed Patriae. "Not self, but country.")
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To: rabidralph; Lazamataz
*thinking out loud and typing* Hmmm, I wonder what would happen if FR started its own lottery pool for members in good standing. Maybe Lazamataz could administer it, since he's the most level-headed FReeper on the whole site.

If that ever comes to be, remind me to stay far away from that scam. ;)

32 posted on 01/09/2004 4:43:12 AM PST by smith288 (Secret member of the VRWC elite forces)
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