Stolen Car Lands Lottery Winner in Jail

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A lottery winner in California is in trouble with the law. John Ross Jr. won $2 million with a scratch-off ticket in February. Now, he’s behind bars after being accused of helping a woman with a stolen car.

The 30-year-old still lives at home with his parents after his big win. Ross’ mom is not thrilled that he’s back in the headlines and this time for something negative.

“I tell my son when he walks in, ‘do you know what the paper’s saying?” his mother said.

Ross told his mother he’s not concerned with what the media is saying. He is facing felony charges after the incident. The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department says Ross helped a woman push a stolen car into a backyard. He has only known the woman for a week.

Deputies say the woman told him the car was ripped off and wanted him to fix it up. Ross claims he didn’t know the car was stolen. His mother says she had a feeling the car was stolen.

“I could tell she was lying. And I said, ‘she’s a liar, she’s a liar,” Ross’ mother said. “Whether or not he believed it, he probably had his doubts. You know, he’s not stupid.”

Before Ross’ big win in February, he didn’t have a car or a driver’s license. Now, he has several vehicles including a boat. Ross has been charged with possession of stolen property.

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