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Woman drops lawsuit to stop lottery payout

Elecia Battle:
Elecia Battle: "I wanted to win so bad for my kids, my family."

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(CNN) -- Admitting she lied about buying the winning multimillion dollar lottery ticket, an Ohio woman dropped her lawsuit Thursday intended to stop the declared winner from collecting the cash.

"I wanted to win. The numbers were so overwhelming," lottery challenger Elecia Battle said. "I did buy a ticket, and I lost it. I wanted to win so bad for my kids, my family."

The 40-year-old had asked a Cuyahoga County judge in Cleveland to stop Ohio lottery officials from paying Rebecca Jemison, the declared winner of the $162 million jackpot from the December 30 Mega Millions multistate drawing.

Contrite and tearful at a news briefing, Battle said she had the suit dismissed Thursday.

"I do want the world to know I apologize for any inconvenience," she said.

She had claimed to have purchased the lone winning ticket but lost it when she dropped her purse outside a store in South Euclid, a Cleveland suburb.

Battle has had some run-ins with the law in the past.

In 1998, Battle, then Elecia Dickson, was convicted of misusing a credit card, a misdemeanor, while working at a suburban Cleveland pharmacy.

She was accused of using someone else's credit card number to purchase prescriptions for her family, court records show.

She was fined $450 and given a 10-day suspended jail term. Battle also has misdemeanor convictions for assault and trespassing, but she served no jail time on those charges either, according to court records.

Ohio Lottery Director Dennis Kennedy said this week that his office was confident Jemison was the rightful winner.

Jemison chose the cash option for the drawing, which results in a $94 million one-time payout -- about $67 million after taxes, Kennedy said.

Jemison, 34, a telecommunications worker at a Cleveland-area hospital, came forward after Battle made her claim and after consulting a lawyer and accountant.

A wife and mother of a 12-year-old daughter, she said she routinely played the same numbers -- 12, 18, 21, 32, 46 and 49 -- for about two years.

Battle said she played the same numbers, but she told police she had no receipts for anything purchased at the store and said the card on which she marked the numbers had been left there, said Lt. Kevin Nieter, a South Euclid police spokesman.


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