FLORIDA- A man who WKMG reports is a registered sex offender has won $3 million on a Florida lottery scratch-off ticket.
Timothy Dale Poole won the jackpot after buying the ticket at a 7-Eleven store.
According to WKMG, Poole was arrested in 1999, following allegations of sexual battery on a nine-year-old boy. Poole denied it, but the TV station reports he pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery and was sentenced to time in prison already served and he was also ordered to register as a sexual predator.
A friend of Poole’s who talked with WKMG said, “He’s a very positive person. Very kind. Giving. I think that’s why he won. It’s Christmastime and the dude deserves a break.”
A spokesperson says Florida law does not allow the lottery to withhold payments from winners based on their criminal records.
Samantha Andrews of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told the Orlando Sentinel, “There are no registration laws that would prevent that, but if that offender was under supervision or on probation there could be additional sanctions imposed by the judge.”
Andrews said the restrictions depend on the nature of the crime.