Guy Won $3M in the Lottery, Allegedly Sank It Into Meth Ring

Ronnie Music could now face life in prison
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2016 9:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – When Ronnie Music Jr. won $3 million in a Georgia Lottery scratch game last year, he decided to invest—in methamphetamine, say police. Music, of Waycross, Ga., pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and firearm charges last week after prosecutors accused the 45-year-old of supplying drug dealers with at least 11 pounds of crystal meth, worth $500,000. Authorities say they discovered the drugs in September 2015 and traced them to Music, who bought them with his lottery winnings. An investigation soon led to the seizure of $1 million worth of meth, a hoard of firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, several vehicles, and $600,000 in cash, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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Authorities say Music—a former maintenance supervisor, per the New York Daily News—"conspired with others to possess and distribute kilograms of methamphetamine in Ware County" and across Georgia, per a release. Already a rich man, "Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth," a US attorney adds. "As a result of his unsound investment strategy, Music now faces decades in a federal prison." Music could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison once a pre-sentencing investigation wraps up, reports First Coast News. His conspirators will also be sentenced at that time. (Another Georgia Lottery winner was murdered.)

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