Illegal Immigrant Allowed To Collect Winning $750,000 Lottery Ticket

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — An illegal immigrant from Guatemala will be able to collect $750,000 he won from a lottery ticket he purchased in 2010.

A Houston County Superior Court jury ruled in 27-year-old Tony Cua-Toc’s favor Thursday that he was the rightful owner of the Jingle Jumbo Bucks lottery ticket, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Cua-Toc, who entered the country illegally in 2000, claimed that the business owner he worked for, Erick Cervantes, claimed the winning lottery ticket for him and ended up keeping the money, according to the paper.

Cervantes said in court that he was the rightful owner of the ticket because he gave Cua-Toc $20 to purchase it for him.

The Macon Telegraph also reports that the jury awarded Cua-Toc $207,000 in attorney’s fees and is also entitled to punitive damages.

  • Jerry Howard

    So he can pay for his own airline ticket when he’s deported.

    • JRHowosso



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        I bet you and your liberal pals never said anything deragatory about Bush or any other Republican. Liberal idiot!

      • KLM88

        @ Obama-Biden 2012: YES WE CAN… AGAIN!

        Reporting you to CBS so your IP can be reported for threatening others.

        His name is Barry Soetoro, he’s an Indonesian national illegal alien and by you continuing to perpetuate the lie makes you an accessory after the fact.

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        MCSO: Obama Eligibility Cold Case Investigation (Full Press Conference)

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    • beedogs

      LOL @ all you morons who still think, 4 years after the fact, that Obama’s not an American citizen. Jump in front of a bus, the lot of you.

      • The Bobster

        The Usurper is not a natural born citizen. And that BC was an obvious fake.

      • ounceoflogic

        Curious how many liberals wish death on anyone who disagrees with them, much like Muslim radicals do.

    • Jose

      Sure. Now that he has some wealth, he will vote GOP. Soon to be a deportee.

      • hector

        Jose, way to maintain that silly stereotype! Partisan belief systems are much less work, no critical thinking skills necessary.

    • The Bobster

      And for the rest of his extended family.

    • krp

      Actually he could pay for a lawyer to get him a visa for him in his family and he would never have to be deported.

      Immigration is just like any other law, passed by the worthless law degree holders in Congress. It is just a racket to allow other lawyers to charge exorbitant fees for filling out forms that anyone can fill out themselves, only the more they pay the lawyers the more “impressed” the courts would be with their application. Anyone that is willing to pay an attorney can get any kind of visa they want. Government bureaucrats are not going to deport, or deny residency to anyone that has a substantial amount of money, because they wouldn’t be able to tax them.

    • Mike Hanson

      Hell, I would take that 700k and go to Guatemala. I mean come on, you would live like a king there.

  • JUDE

    Right F*^K the rules. HE shouldn’t have been here. NOT legal. No common sense in this country and to hell with rule we Americans has to follow. JEZZZZZz

    • beedogs

      I bet his written English is better than yours, Jude.

      • The Bobster

        Li b t ard moron.

    • mini meme

      There is no such thing as illegal immigrant anymore because the United States of America no longer exists. We now live under global government and America is the EMPIRE’S shining example of open-borders-respect-all-cultures/races/religions-global-governance. In fact, all of the patriotic, American nationalistic, give-us-your-tired-downtrodden, rags-to-riches, melting-pot, land of the free jazz has been nothing more than a carefully planned, 200 year BAIT AND SWITCH SCAM. GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF PLANET EARTH, SUCKERS!!!

      • KAY

        Agree—He is illegal and not entitled. WHAT IS GOING on in the country?????

  • commie_shooter

    Confiscate the money from the law breaker and deport him.

    • beedogs

      They just tried and failed to confiscate it. Can you read???

    • karl anglin

      The IRS will take the money anyway!!!!!!!

      • Mel Longdale

        “Jackpot” thanks for the scoop. It’s obvious the government doesn’t want something like that leaking out. I didn’t realize that Sarah Palin really is a national hero.

      • joelbowles

        Jackpot if that link is all you have against Mrs. pallin that is just pittiful. It takes page after page of the most rediculious statements and farout notions to paint Mrs Pallin as some kind of communist plant Why oh why have you not spent just a little of your time vetting obama who is holding an elected office instead of a private citizen? your bias is showing and it is not pretty.

      • Marre

        so he comes into this country illegally, can keep all his earnings because he pays no taxes, gets free medical, sucks from our government, wins a lottery, and can keep it, since when do illegals have any rights in this country, constitutional or otherwise? we have hungry, out of work, homeless AMERICANS while we continue to cater to illegals and turn a blind eye…well lets see how fast the IRS jumps on this one!

      • jackpot is a crackpot

        jackpot spams that same website in just about every story. It’s getting stupid, especially since his assertion is that there was a coup because whitney houston looks like gayle whatsherface (oprah’s friend).

        I think someone went off his meds.

      • Steve

        No, the IRS will not take the money. He’s not a citizen of the U.S. and doesn’t owe any taxes. He’ll get his citizenship now so that he will spend the money here instead of his real country of citizenship (at least that’s what Obama and the other government morons think).

      • commie_shooter

        They should considering the dude pays no federal income tax…

      • Jackpot

        What a made up story. Much of the news is made up after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      • ladini

        Jackpot ,
        You forgot to ask if anyone cares.
        (Not that you’d like hearing the answer.)

    • KAY


  • bobo

    You have toi be a legal resident to claim the prize

  • RHO

    No, it is his money, but how did he prove he actually gave the money to the owner of the business? That is my only question. He should be immediately deported, of course. He is still an illegal.

    • krp

      Surveillance camera footage probably. Maybe the cashier knew him personally and testified. When a winning lottery ticket is purchased, the seller of the ticket gets a windfall too. The lottery company knows where every lottery ticket is purchased.

  • Dsizzle

    Maybe we should give the convicted Drug dealers back all their money and assets…After all they’re criminals too.

    • t ban

      Great point!

  • Brian

    The money was “obtained” while breaking the law or in this case, simply being an illegal immigrant and therefore all money should be taken by the government and distributed to the legal citizens who are on welfare.

    • a witt

      The employer who knowingly hired the illegal should be heavily fined but I disagree with giving the winnings to the recipients of welfare. The more you give, the less likely they will ever get off welfare and learn to take care of themselves. That fact is well known, well proven and well used by the democrat party to keep up their voter rolls.

      • Mary

        The catch word “knowingly” is a problem too. If E-Verify was available when he was hired, they should have vetted his iidentity. But now this administration is not doing its own due diligence, 8 million illegals are still working while 14-22 million unemployed legal immigrants and citizens can’t find a job! And most will do them! And for the ones lucky enough to get unemployment which many are still struggling to survive,, that is at a cost of over $100B for last CBO scored amount plus another two rounds, all within 2 years, maybe 3, and 41% of that is borrowed, just like everything else this government spends!

    • jackpot is a crackpot

      so if i’m speeding and call in to a radio station and win $1M i should have to forfeit it because I was breaking the law when I “obtained” it?

  • SomeDude68

    Now deport her… AFTER collecting the taxes!

  • Just wondering

    Was the jury permitted to hear that he was an illegal immigrant? My guess is “no” since it wasn’t really relevant to whether or not he or his boss was the ticket’s true owner.

    • Locke

      Except that you have to be a LEGAL resident to claim the money or even play.
      Since he failed that test the lawsuit should’ve been dismissed by the ignorant judge.
      Everyone who played the lotto that day should sue the judge, personally.

  • Bobster

    Need not be a resident to win.

  • Stan in Texas

    Only in America.

    Imagine for a moment that an illegal immigrant had gone into virtually any other country (Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, etc) and won the lottery. You think who would ever hear the story about him let alone hear that he had won a court case??

    • Mary

      An illegal sued a racncher that subdued him on his property and the illegal won the lawsuit against him and got his ranch! Another one sued for injury when he was defending himself against the illegal and the illegal won that suit too and got a bundle of money!!

  • HM Phobe

    Deport the illegal. Arrest the boss for hiring illegals.

    • KoreaKid

      You forgot, confiscate the money first!

  • Tspud1

    He is going to pay taxes now. It will all be gone in a year anyway.

  • Jsmith

    Give him hi s money and put his a$s on a plane.

    • krp

      Give him his money and he can hire an attorney and get legal immigration status.

      Now that he is “rich”, he doesn’t have to worry about immigration. Immigration is to keep poor people out.

  • texasgoat

    Question, does the IRS take a cut up front? I really am curious…

    • krp

      You must be living under a rock. The IRS takes its cut out of EVERY lottery winning.

  • Chad

    Being illegal isn’t the proximate cause of having the ticket stolen from him. If he were visiting and bought the ticket then he would be able to keep the money, right? He bought the ticket and he won. He deserves the money and deserves to be deported. I’m sure lots of people buy lottery tickets while illegally intoxicated or driving on suspended licenses, we don’t try to keep the money from them.

    • krp

      It amazes me how ignorant people are. If he deserves the money, then he can hire a lawyer to get him residency, and he would NOT be deported.

      Anybody can get any kind of visa they want, if they pay a lawyer enough money.. Immigration is just like any other racket. It is just a scheme dreamed up by lawyers in Congress to get their campaign donation contributing lawyer buddies a way of charging people to get them to fill forms – and convincing judges, who they also give campaign contribution to, to bend the rules.

  • Henry

    Endless illegals, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.

    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.

    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.

    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.

    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.

    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

  • jb

    Deport the fool. He should not be able to keep the money either.

  • The Black Piper

    I have no problem with awarding him the money. He bought the ticket. Now, deduct all of the state and federal taxes and deport his but out of the Country.

    • laffin'atcha

      you forgot to collect the cost of the benefits he has received over the years also…

  • W. Chamberlan

    Let him pay a fine for breaking our immigration laws and be done with it.

    • Mary

      No way, there are legal applicants waiting their turn outside of this country and we only have so many jobs and resources which already can’t keep up with the needs of legal immigrants and citizens here! We cannot employ, educate or take care of the world, so it’s not right for illegals to have jobs and resources needed by those here legally!!

      • john

        he wouldn’t be taking anyone’s job … he is rich, duh!


    HEY-they should throw in a free scholarship – after all they get free health care , no taxes, no legal fees – why not thats only for the losers who hold a job, pay their own tuition, pay taxes, and pay health care costs huge insurance premiums and live in a small house the size of a closet and live on cheese macaroni every night to get by if they get out of the service alive!!!!

    • krp

      Hey Lisa, Do you live under a rock? A large winning like that is not distributed before the IRS takes out taxes. So you cannot not say that he doesn’t pay taxes, because the lottery winnings were not paid out before taxes were taken out.

  • TiminPhx

    You can’t deport him! Obama and the Dems are counting on his vote.

  • gingerbread

    What did anyone expect from a liberal judge? Don’t tell me that you expect common sense? There is a lesson here somewhere, and what is that lesson? DO NOT PUT LIBERAL JUDGES ON THE BENCH. BECAUSE IF YOU DO, THIS IS THE RULING YOU WILL GET

  • 1934 Germany

    If he donated $100K Benny Bucks to Obama’s campaign he would be appointed U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala and given a full staff, a couple of limos, unlimited travel for friends and family and, if desired, discrete and unlimited access to gay prostitutes.

  • gazinya

    Doesn’t someone have to sign the ticket? How could I cash a lottery ticket if it was signed by someone else? And if I was handed a ticket to cash for someone else who couldn’t legally sign it and I signed my name then it is mine by possesion. Something isn’t being told about how this went down and there is only enough info to get people to pick a side and be upset.

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