August 17, 2004
CITY MAN GUILTY OF PRESENTING AN ALTERED TICKET TO THE MARYLAND
STATE LOTTERY AGENCY FOR $175,000
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the guilty
plea of John Gilbert, Jr., 19, to presenting an altered Maryland
State Lottery ticket for payment. The charge, which was filed in
the District Court of Maryland on July 1, 2004, arose from the
defendant presenting an altered lottery ticket on January 12, 2004
in an attempt to receive $175,000 from the state lottery. Gilbert
pieced together the top half of a losing Mega Millions lottery
ticket with the bottom half of a ticket containing the winning
numbers that he manually played a day after the drawing. He took
the ticket to the Maryland State Lottery Agency and demanded the
$175,000 pay out.
Investigators immediately knew the claim for money was fraudulent
based on apparent discrepancies between the top half and the bottom
half of the newly formed ticket. Gilbert, however, would not accept
the news that his ticket was altered. Instead, he continued to
push for the money. Finally, after being confronted with Maryland
State Lottery Agency drawing records, Gilbert conceded that he
did in fact alter the ticket in an attempt to take the $175,000.
In the District Court of Maryland today, the Honorable Jack Lesser
sentenced Gilbert to 6 months probation during which he has to
complete 50 hours of community service.
The case was
investigated by the Maryland State Lottery Agency, the Maryland
State Police and the Office of the Attorney General.
It was prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the
Attorney General’s Office.