Florida man suing friend for pocketing majority of $1 million lottery ticket
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) —
A Florida man is suing his friend for misleading him about the value of his $1 million lottery ticket, and for pocketing the proceeds after helping him cash it in.
The Lakeland Ledger reports 45-year-old John Rhoades asked his 28-year-old friend Tyler Scott for help after realizing the scratch-off ticket he bought in April was a winner. Rhoades says he didn’t know how much the ticket was worth or how to cash it in.
The lawsuit says Scott told Rhoades it was worth $100,000. Attorneys for Scott say he gave Rhoades the money to buy the ticket, and that Scott scratched the ticket and won, later giving his friend $64,000.
A judge issued an order freezing both men’s bank accounts until ownership of the winning ticket can be determined.