Did she REALLY think she could get away with it? Jake Griffin of the Daily Herald writes: An Elgin woman is facing felony charges alleging she fraudulently claimed to have a winning ticket for the record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot March 30. This is the first time someone has used the Illinois lottery’s new online purchasing system to attempt to “game” the lottery. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Tuesday announced 28-year-old Leandria Williams is now charged with attempted theft and forgery to go along with a wire fraud charge filed after her initial arrest about a week ago.
Williams is accused of buying online lottery tickets about eight minutes after the March 30 drawing and manipulating the documents to make it look like she had purchased the tickets before the winning numbers were chosen.
Sheriff’s police said Williams went to the lottery claims office in Des Plaines on April 4 with the falsified ticket trying to claim a share of the $656 million jackpot. Three winning tickets for the record jackpot were sold nationwide, but none in the Chicago area, officials said.