© 2024 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Disputed $162M lottery jackpot heads to court

What a mega mess.

Hours after a South Euclid woman cashed in her winning today for the $162 million Mega Millions lottery, a Cleveland woman who says the ticket belongs to her sued.

The Ohio Lottery says they believe 34-year-old Rebecca Jemison is the rightful owner of the sole winning ticket for last Tuesday's drawing.

Officials say Jemison showed an old ticket with the same numbers and proof that she was in the store at the time the Mega Millions ticket was bought.

But 40-year-old Elecia Battle of Cleveland says she picked the winning numbers and that she lost the ticket last week. Her lawyer filed a lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court asking a judge to block the lottery from paying Jemison.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.