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Lost lottery ticket claimant has criminal past

Elecia Battle filed a police report saying she lost the winning lottery ticket last week.
Elecia Battle filed a police report saying she lost the winning lottery ticket last week.

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WJW's Stacey Frey reports lottery challenger Elecia Battle has a record for assault and misusing a credit card.
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SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (CNN) -- An Ohio woman who claims to have lost the winning ticket in last month's $162 million Mega Millions lottery was convicted of misusing a credit card while working at a Cleveland-area drugstore five years ago, court records show.

Elecia Battle has asked a Cuyahoga County judge to stop Ohio lottery officials from paying Rebecca Jemison, the declared winner of the multi-state drawing on December 30.

Battle says she lost her winning lottery ticket when she dropped her purse outside the store in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid.

Battle, then Elecia Dickson, was convicted in 1998 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 convicted in June 1998, fined $450, and given a 10-day suspended jail term. Battle, 40, also has misdemeanor convictions for assault and trespassing, but served no jail time on those charges either, according to court records.

Battle told police in South Euclid that she had dropped her purse in the parking lot of the convenience story where the winning ticket was sold.

"I can't control what people say. I can't control what people think, but I do know that I picked my Mega numbers," she said Tuesday.

Her attorney, Sheldon Starke, said Battle would fight for the Mega Millions jackpot, and said he may ask that the ticket be fingerprinted.

Attempts to contact Starke for comment were unsuccessful Wednesday afternoon.

Ohio Lottery Director Dennis Kennedy said Tuesday 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, a 34-year-old telecommunications worker at a Cleveland-area hospital, came forward after Battle made her claim and after consulting a lawyer and an accountant.

Rebecca Jemison and her husband appear at a news conference Tuesday after claiming the $162 million jackpot.
Rebecca Jemison and her husband appear at a news conference Tuesday after claiming the $162 million jackpot.

She said Tuesday she was angry about the report of the lost ticket, but "I knew the proof I had, so it didn't bother me at all."

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

"I played it the Friday before, the same numbers. So I had the feeling to go play those numbers one more time," she said.

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.

Nieter said police have not talked to Battle since she reported the winning ticket missing. He said she could be charged with filing a false police report if her claim turns out to be untrue.


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