Woman admits lying about losing $162 million lottery ticket: 'I wanted to win'

(SFGate) A woman admitted through tears Thursday that she lied about losing the winning ticket for a $162 million lottery prize. Elecia Battle, 40, is dropping her lawsuit to block payment of the 11-state Mega Millions jackpot to the certified winner, her lawyer Sheldon Starke said.

"I wanted to win," Battle said. "The numbers were so overwhelming. I did buy a ticket and I lost it. I wanted to steal the money from the rightful winner win so bad for my kids and my family. I apologize."

"I'm not a bad person, I'm really not," she said. "Everyone has a past."

I guess this woman is supposed to be a good person because she tried to defraud the lottery and the rightful lottery winner out of $162 million, lied to the police and filed a lawsuit to prevent payment of winnings to the winner. And not everyone has her past of criminal convictions:

  • 1999 - Misuse of a credit card
  • 2000 - Assault
  • 2002 - Criminal trespass

Police Lt. Kevin Nietert said Thursday he expected Battle to be charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days to six months in jail.

Sounds like a Bonehead of the Day award winner to me.