1. Getting Someone to Claim your Winnings for You
Jose Antonio Cua-Toc won the lottery while living as an illegal alien in the United States. Fearing being caught, the native Guatemalan asked his boss to claim his winnings for him. Erick Cervantes was more than happy to do so, claiming his employees’ $750,000 as his own! The two are engaged in legal proceedings over the incident.
2. Throwing the Winning Ticket Out
Joseph and Joanne Zagami purchased a $5 scratch and win lottery ticket along with their groceries, only to throw it out with the discarded bags when they got home. Upon remembering it the next day, Joseph dug it out of the trash – only to discover that they had one $455,000 after taxes!