Jackpot: free ticket to jail.
Two Mississippi men face criminal charges after trying to claim a $100,000 lottery prize by gluing the winning numbers on their ticket, authorities said.
The state lottery commission alerted police as soon as the alleged scammers presented the fake ticket at a store in the city of Flowood, about 8 miles north of Jackson.
Flowood police rushed to the scene and quickly learned the ticket had been altered.
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The suspects were identified as Columbus residents Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and uttering counterfeit instrument over $1,000. They were scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday morning.
With News Wire Services