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Bank Robber Can Keep Lottery Jackpot

Barnstable, Massachusetts - January 18, 2008

A case in Massachusetts just goes to show that sometimes crime really does pay.

In October of 2006, Timothy Elliott, 55, pleaded guilty to unarmed robbery for a heist at a Cape Cod bank. He was put on probation with terms that require him not to gamble or buy lottery tickets.

Elliott violated his probation and bought the lucky winning ticket to a $1 million lottery jackpot. But a judge has ruled the violation was minor, so Elliott can keep the cash. However, he will have to pay a monthly $65 probation supervisory fee that was previously waived because he had been indigent.

The jackpot was on $10 ticket for the "$800 Million Spectacular" game. Elliot has already received the first of 20 annual $50,000 checks from the lottery commission.

Elliot declined comment. He lives under the supervision of the Department of Mental Health.

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