Florida Couple Charged with Grand Theft for Taping Lottery Tickets in $1 Million Prize Scheme

Florida couple arrested for taping lottery tickets in $1M fraud attempt, facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Florida Couple Charged with Grand Theft for Taping Lottery Tickets in $1 Million Prize Scheme

Florida Couple Charged with Grand Theft for Taping Lottery Tickets in $1 Million Prize Scheme

Kira Enders, 36, and Dakota Jones, 32, both of Defuniak Springs, Florida, have been charged with grand theft over $100,000 for allegedly taping two lottery tickets together in an attempt to claim a $1 million prize from the Florida Lottery's 500X the Cash game. According to the affidavit, Enders went to the Florida Lottery's Pensacola office on March 1, 2024 and claimed she had won the $1 million prize, but the ticket had apparent alterations and was roughly pieced together from two separate non-winning tickets.

Enders and Jones were interviewed by detectives on March 11, and Enders allegedly admitted to taping the tickets together, claiming she had bought the tickets at a Winn-Dixie and they got wet, causing the ticket to tear. However, Jones provided a different story, saying they found the two halves of the ticket on the ground near their house. Authorities determined that the ticket displayed clear alterations and was created by taping two tickets together.

Why this matters: This case highlights the ongoing issue of lottery fraud and the measures taken by authorities to prevent and prosecute such crimes.

Enders and Jones were arrested on charges of forgery/altering of lottery ticket with intent to defraud and grand theft in the first-degree $100,000 or more. They were both released on bond and are due in court on May 10, 2024. The Escambia County Sheriff's Office stated, "It was clear to the lottery officials and obviously clear to us that she had taken two tickets with different serial numbers and taped them together." If convicted, the couple faces a maximum of five years in state prison for each count, as the two forgery charges are third-degree felonies under Florida law.

Key Takeaways

  • Couple charged with grand theft over $100K for fake lottery ticket
  • Enders admitted to taping two non-winning tickets together to claim $1M
  • Authorities determined the ticket was created by taping two tickets
  • Enders and Jones arrested on forgery and grand theft charges
  • If convicted, they face up to 5 years in prison for each count