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Sex offender lottery winner target of lawsuit

MOUNT DORA, Fla. – The victims of a sexual predator who became a lottery millionaire are now suing to win his wealth.

Timothy Dale Poole won $3 million on a Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket he purchased at a Mount Dora 7-Eleven store on Dec. 6. In 1999, Orange County authorities arrested Poole following allegations that he sexually battered a 9-year-old boy. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2002. Full Article

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  1. td777

    For a “legal analyst,” Mr. Dubois is not just clearly biased, but also very ignorant. He tried justifying these victims coming forward years later to try to get money since this registrant won the lottery. Then he goes on to claim that the registrant can go anywhere in the world he wants with the money. As we all know, international travel is no longer a right afforded to registrants, so for someone who is supposed to be a legal expert, he clearly knows nothing about what is really happening in this country.

    At least most of the comments after the article are correct, this isn’t about justice, it’s a money grab and nothing more. I’m not minimizing the damage inflicted on the victims, just pointing out the obvious truth.

    • TN45

      I agree with td777. This is a greed-driven feeding frenzy that’s disguised as victim compensation. Someone smells quick, easy money; nothing more. Period. End of story. I hope he takes the money and absconds to a country that has no extradition treaty with the U.S. where the U.S. dollar is strong against the local currency so that he can live like a king the rest of his days. The man’s paid the price. Leave him alone!

  2. Eric Knight

    THE BOTTOM LINE: If you are a registrant and have a WINNING LOTTERY TICKET worth any substantial amount of money (over a million dollars), it’s best to do the following:

    1. DON’T let anyone you know you won, except for close TRUSTED friends and family. Continue this vow of silence through the liquidation process. Do NOT post on social media! Do NOT blab to acquaintences! Do NOT PUBLICIZE! Shuts yer trap, sweetiepie.

    2. Sign the ticket immediately (if you haven’t done so). This name may be removed by notary or attorney presence for use in later proxy declaration/transfer, but it is IMPERATIVE that you don’t lose that ticket if it’s unsigned.

    3. Take as many pictures and/or photocopies of the ticket as possible. Keep a copy on you at all times, and put the original in a safe location, preferably in a fireproof, locked safe or commercial safe deposit box, until you are ready to start the claim process.

    4. Once everything is ready, select a good lawyer. You need a good civil litigation / estate lawyer, one that specializes in handling large amount of money.* Make sure you bring the original copy of the ticket with you, and ensure that the attorney you visit has a notary. Once the attorney establishes the validity of the winning ticket, he will then take your case as your winning ticket is valid enough. Usually, the attorney will charge a flat fee… usually pretty high, but worth it). Make sure that you create a notarized copy (or copies) of the ticket in his office for his use, and that YOU retain the original copy. Once you are finished with the visit with the attorney, return the ticket to its safe location IMMEDIATELY. Don’t stop for groceries or to pick up your drycleaning. Go STRAIGHT to safe location.

    (NOTE: In some cases you may have the attorney make arrangements to secure the ticket, for instance with a bonded holding company. That is a better choice in my opinion if you don’t trust your own location.)

    5. Discuss with your attorney your various options in how to cash the ticket. Your main goal is to do it as quickly and as privately as possible. Many lotteries require you to claim your winnings with a huge publicity photo (like our unfortunate Mr. Poole in Florida). In certain conditions, however, you can cash your ticket anonymously if you can delay cashing the ticket, though there are special issues with that not worth discussing here. The bottom line is for you to have a long, comprehensive conversation with the lawyer to determing the best action for you to cash and retain use of your money with little risk.

    6. Consider moving to another state, preferably another region of the country to minimize more blowback. A bonus would be to move to a less-stressful state, as money is no object with regard to new registration duties. Alternatively, California is big enough to move; with your money, registration becomes a bit easier.

    Extra tip: Beyond protecting your money from the masses or the lawyers, a good rule of thumb for the acquisition of sudden wealth is to designate a certain percentage of the winnings–say, 10%–to “mad money.” In other words, this is money you can “blow” on things. Mentally, this will allow you to “be stupid” with the money without worrying about losing your entire fortune. Once this “mad money” part blows over (whether you have spent the entire 10% or not), then you can better adjust to the wealth.

    *Last tip. I would suggest contacting Janice Bellucci first. She could probably guide you to a specialized attorney that could set everything up for you, and of course a generous donation (or grant) to CA RSOL would be in order at that time, wouldn’tcha say, you lucky devil?

    • Bluewall

      ummm.. California doesn’t allow proxies…

      • The Anon

        How about hiring a lawyer and then getting a trusted family member to sign a contract that the lawyer draws up, the family member then claims the ticket and puts the money into some kind of trust fund with the RC as the beneficiary? That could work, but correct me if I’m wrong.

        • Eric Knight

          That was Step 4 and 5. Getting an attorney is ESSENTIAL to the process. Once the attorney has you officially as a client (in most cases, by certifying the actual lottery ticket), THEN you can discuss all your options, including using your trusted family member as the “official publicized winner.”

          I would go so far as to actually moving to one of five states that allow you to cash the ticket anonymously if you don’t even want your family member identified. There are complicated steps to this process, but it IS legal and it IS doable, and in fact would be MY option if I won a national lottery like MegaMillions or Powerball. However, it may not work for the state lottery, but I could be wrong about that.

      • Eric Knight

        A “proxy” is my term for using someone you trust to “front” the cash-in process as the “official publicized winner.” It is actually not too complicated; essentially, it is exactly equivalent to you giving your brother or wife the lottery ticket to cash, with a legal stipulation that the money goes to a form of trust which is then disbursed to designated individuals according to the rules that are set up for that trust. I do NOT mean a “technical proxy” by SEC or stock holder designation, which of course is not actually part of this transaction.

  3. Tired of hiding

    This man has already paid his debt to society and these people should have no right to his money what-so-ever!

    This is an insult to sex offenders everywhere! We have as much right to foolishly “play” (throw away) our hard earned money (those of us who can even find employment that is)!

    More power to him for betting the odds and winning…after all, if they will not give us jobs and are trying to starve us to death we need access to any sort potential income possible!

    • TN45

      I agree with you all the way. The laws along with 9 out of 10 company policies are stacked against sex offenders to where finding a job is virtually impossible. The 2014 farm bill summarily excludes anyone who sexually abuses a child from food stamp eligibility. If society is going to stack the deck to where these men and women have no realistic options for rebuilding a life, why even let the offenders out of prison? It would be more humane to keep them in prison for life where they’ll have the basic necessities: food, clothing, shelter, and some (far from adequate) medical care. Why put them out on the street with no real options or chances of ever getting a life? Are we as a society so vindictive, hateful, and spiteful that we get our rocks off watching these individuals suffer and eventually die? What does that say about the moral fiber of “law-abiding, CHRISTIAN society?”

      • Harry

        “What does that say about the moral fiber of “law-abiding, CHRISTIAN society?’.” Most Churches, today, are full of religious, self-righteous social club members, they are not Christians. They sing songs about Christ and preach the Bible on Sunday and then live for, and serve the Devil the rest of the week. They are wolves in sheep clothing. I and my wife are Christians that are doers of the Bible that we read, daily.

  4. TN45

    What does it say for the “moral majority” of “respectable society” when we seem to so enjoy watching sex offenders, particularly those who victimize children, get slapped down at every turn? What does it say when so much joy is derived from watching them being subjected to draconian laws that even those who have taken human lives don’t have to live by? What does it say for a society where every sort of hateful, spiteful comment is made by wishing nothing but misfortune on this particular class of law-breakers? Karma has a way of biting those with that attitude in the butt too. You better not wish evil on anyone. It may come back to haunt you one day.

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