A Texas man allegedly scammed out of a lottery jackpot by a convenience store clerk is taking the state lottery commission to court. Navy veteran Willis Willis, 69, says clerk Pankaj Joshi told him his ticket was not a winner, then kept it for himself, cashed it in for $1 million, and fled to his native Nepal. A court awarded Willis $395,000 found in the clerk's accounts and Willis is suing for the remainder, notes the Austin American-Statesman.
The lottery vendor didn't play by the rules but still ended up with the money," the suit states. "Willis won a million dollars fair and square. The Texas Lottery owed him that money." The Texas Lottery Commission maintains that a lottery ticket is a "bearer instrument" and jackpots may not be paid twice. Joshi, who has been indicted on fraud charges, is still a fugitive. (Read more Texas lottery stories.)