Man Jailed for Threats over Lottery Ticket Faces Deportation

MSNBC, August 24, 2011

A Georgia man who was jailed for threatening his boss over a disputed $750,000 lottery ticket faces deportation, with authorities saying he is in the U.S. illegally.

Police say Jose Antonio Cua-Toc threatened his boss, Erick Cervantes, and his wife, calling them repeatedly and saying he would “kill each of them and their children if they did not give him some of the lottery winnings,” according to local newspaper The Sun News.

Cua-Toc’s attorney denied the allegations Wednesday on MSNBC-TV.

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Cua-Toc, 25, says he is the one who bought the winning lottery ticket and that Cervantes, 31, cashed the ticket on his behalf but failed to give him the winnings. Unsure whether his immigration status would affect his chance to cash in, Cua-Toc had held off on turning in the ticket himself.

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To cash a lottery ticket, a winner must show ID and provide a signature. Lottery officials say they don’t verify immigration status.

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In a surveillance video played during a hearing in March, Cua-Toc is seen in OM Food Mart on Nov. 17, 2010, buying chips, beer, a phone and lottery tickets, The Sun News reported.

The tape shows him returning to the store later that evening and showing employees the ticket. He can be seen smiling excitedly and raising his hands in the air.

“There’s surveillance evidence,” Moreno told MSNBC. “He went in; you see him celebrating when he comes in a hour later with his girlfriend. There were three witnesses.”

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The winnings are currently frozen, and a Georgia judge will decide who the rightful owner is.

Meantime, a judge has ordered Cua-Toc to leave the U.S. voluntarily by September 6. If he does not comply, he will be deported and not allowed to return for 10 years, local news channel WMAZ said.

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  • Anonymous

    Naturally, Jansing refers to Cua-toc as a

    “Georgia man”.

  • Tim Mc Hugh

    I call nonsense. If I had turned over a Lotto ticket for someone else to cash and the guy kept it, I wouldn`t be demanding SOME of the winnings. I`d be demanding ALL of the winnings…

    As to the surveillance … Hmmm I don`t know… Is he smart enough to show them a non-winner to later claim the prize should be his… The final call would rest for me on whether those people he “Showed” the ticket to actually checked the numbers themselves… Why weren`t they jumping in the air in excitement for him as well?…

    Check your own lotto tickets!

    P.S. There were three witnesses. And all of them want “SOME” of the winnings! There was a similar case in Texas and the Lotto commission ruled that as a negotiable instrument whoever “Cashed it” was the actual winner.

  • Karl von Muller

    Deportation is only the beginning of this man’s problems. The word is out back home (wherever that is) that he’s won $750K and he may need the money to ransom his family members from kidnapers. That’s assuming he ever sees a penny of it.

  • P T

    This is exactly the type of imbecile that should be prevented from immigrating into the US. How stupid can a person be? $750k in lotto winnings and he doesn’t have the sense to see an immigration attorney to figure out the way to go on this? “Hey boss. Will you cash this ticket for me? I don’t want anyone to know I’m here.” We produce more than enough ignorant morons here on our own without these porous borders letting more in every day.

  • Anonymous

    Looking at this guy’s photo coupled with his non-Spanish surname shows he is an impoverished Indian from the bottom of Latin America’s caste. I say let him have the 750k, as long as he leaves this country for good.

  • GetBackJack

    If the ticket is his, the winnings are his. That said, the GA Lottery Division needs to deduct monies for every handout or expense he has cost U.S. taxpayers with accrued interest and adjusted for inflation!

  • ATBOTL

    His boss should be deported too for employing an illegal alien.

  • Anonymous

    7 — ATBOTL wrote at 7:58 PM on August 25:

    His boss should be deported too for employing an illegal alien.

    WRONG! HE should be deported. His BOSS should be stripped of his business and imprisoned.

  • Jack

    And of course he has proof he gave a winning ticket (not just A ticket) to the other guy right?

    I hope he gets deported and never sees the money. It will be fun to listen to the pathetic whining.

  • Marc B

    This story will have a truly happy ending when the boss is thrown in jail for hiring an invader over a citizen.

  • Mr.White

    Shows how ignorant this invader truly is. He had a better chance of being struck by lightning than being deported trying to claim his lottery winnings; especially under the current administration.

  • Anonymous

    Lottery tickets are bearer instruments. It is the signature that determines the owner. When Cua-Toc handed the ticket to his boss, he handed over his legal rights to the ticket. The boss probably signed the ticket then showed up at the place to claim it. Cua-Toc was totally at the mercy of his boss, and it didn’t turn out well for him. Had he been more informed, he could have cashed the ticket himself, or used a lawyer to form a blind trust, then cashed the ticket in the name of the trust.