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Alleged Lottery Scam Involves Paper and Glue

Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, were arrested Monday in Mississippi
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 7, 2020 4:35 PM CST
Updated Jan 8, 2020 12:43 AM CST
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Russell Sparks (left) and Odis Latham.   (Flowood Police Dept.)
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(Newser) – Authorities in Mississippi say two men attempted to scam the state lottery commission by submitting a losing ticket that had the winning numbers glued onto it, the AP reports. Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, were arrested Monday and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and uttering a counterfeit instrument over $1,000; Latham was also hit with false ID information, per the Clarion-Ledger. The state lottery commission called Flowood police about the fake ticket earlier that morning, Sgt. Adam Nelson said. Officers were told the suspects presented an altered $100,000 ticket that appeared to have the winning numbers glued onto it. The men, both of Columbus, were set to appear in court Tuesday. It's unclear if they have lawyers. (Read more lottery stories.)

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