Fake Lottery Winner Causes Store Ruckus

Ohio woman gets 'extravagant' without meds, daughter says
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2009 3:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – An Ohio woman may be charged with inciting panic after telling a store full of shoppers that she had won the lottery and was treating. Police had to show up at the Burlington Coat Factory to put down the ruckus when word got out, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The 45-year-old hadn't actually won the lottery, but don’t blame the shoppers for believing her—she did arrive in a stretch Hummer.

“I want people to know my mom was not in her right mind,” the woman’s daughter tells reporters. "She has not been on her medication. When she gets off her medication, she's going to do extravagant things.” (Read more Columbus stories.)