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An underage Iowa lottery winner may have to return the $100,000 prize


Posted on the 27th of December 2015

An underage Iowa lottery winner may have to return the $100,000 prize

When Jobie Boals-Watters, 20, purchased a lottery ticket at the Super Quick Food in Des Moines, everything looked on the up and up. Jobie Boals-Watters entered the building, showed his ID and purchased a lottery ticket which won $100,000. Sometime later, the Iowa Lottery officials discovered that Boals-Watters was in fact 20 years old, and not eligible to purchase a lottery ticket. Boals-Watters claimed that a co-worker purchased the ticket for him, but Iowa Lottery believe that he used a fake ID to purchase the ticket himself.

“There wasn’t anything wrong on the face of it, from that situation, so long as the facts back up what occurred. In this case, in fact, the facts didn’t back up the story that we were presented with so penalties would apply.” said Mary Neubauer, an Iowa Lottery Spokesperson. “The law is in place for a reason. We need to make sure that the law is enforced. And the good news is that this doesn’t happen very often.” she said.

Now Boals-Watters may be forced to pay back the money he won, as well as face a misdemeanor charge for underage gambling. Iowa Lottery also wants to ban the Super Quick Food store in Des Moines from selling lottery tickets for an entire week because the store should have made sure that Boals-Watters was of legal age before selling him a lottery ticket. The shop owner will appeal the decision to ban his store from selling lottery tickets for an entire week.

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