SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) The woman who claimed she lost a winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket pleaded no contest Thursday to lying on a police report.
After entering the plea, Elecia Battle, 40, of Cleveland, was convicted by the judge. She faces a possible penalty of 30 days to six months in jail and $1,000 fine at sentencing Feb. 19.
Battle filed a police report after the Dec. 30 Mega Millions drawing, saying she had bought the winning ticket but had lost it, possibly when she dropped her purse outside a convenience store.
When the actual ticket-holder, Rebecca Jemison, 34, of South Euclid, came forward with the winning numbers and was declared the jackpot winner, Battle sued to block payment.
She later dropped the lawsuit and tearfully apologized to her family and Jemison.