Winning the lottery isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be. At least not for one illegal immigrant, Jose Antonio Cua-Toc, who won a $750,000 jackpot in Georgia but was reluctant to cash in his winnings for fear of alerting authorities to his immigration status. To avert danger, Cua-Toc asked his boss to claim the cash prize for him, but Erick Cervantes and his wife allegedly stole the money and started spending it all.
That’s when Cua-Toc lost it.
According to Fox News, Cua-Toc was then arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Cervantes and his wife.
Well, the authorities certainly know about Cua-Toc’s immigration status now.
Now, he apparently has a week and a half to leave the country on his own accord or face deportation. But Cua-Toc is standing his ground, fighting the deportation and suing Cervantes to return his lottery winnings.
During Kelly’s Court, Lis Wiehl argued that since Cua-Toc couldn’t present a valid social security number, which is required to claim lottery winnings, he was exempt from collecting the prize in the first place.
Mark Eiglarsh, however, argued that Cua-Toc’s immigration status does not affects his legal right to recover money that he won lawfully.
Watch the comedy of errors unfold below:
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