Across The Country, Convicted Sex Offenders Are Winning Big Bucks In Lotteries: Should They Be Allowed To Keep Their Winnings?

Aaron Homer - Author

Dec. 18 2017, Updated 3:10 a.m. ET

Winning the lottery is the dream of everyone who buys a ticket, but what if the winner turns out to be a convicted sex offender?

Across the United States, convicted sex offenders are winning thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions in state lotteries, according to Today. They’re allowed to do with their winnings as they please, just like any other lottery winner. And at least one lawmaker, Florida state Senator Darren Soto, wants to change that.

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“My bill would provide that the winnings would be frozen to up to a year for a sexual predator so that the victims could have an opportunity to seek compensation and justice.”

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In fact, the very same scenario that Soto envisions is already playing out in a Florida courtroom. In December 2014, according to this Inquisitr report, convicted sex offender Timothy Dale Poole won $3 million via a Florida Lottery instant ticket.


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