LAKE COUNTY, Florida – A convicted child molester in central Florida won a $3 million lottery jackpot, and now people are questioning if he should be allowed to keep the money. Timothy Poole, 43, won the prize from a $20 scratch-off ticket he bought at a 7-Eleven.
Police records show Poole was arrested in 1999 and later pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery involving two victims under the age of 12. He was sentenced to time served and released from custody in 2006. There are no laws preventing convicted criminals from playing the lottery, but some people think the nature of his crime should disqualify him from collecting the winnings.