$500,000 Alaska Lottery, Launched to Benefit Victims of Sexual Abuse, has a Winner: Guess What? Winner is a former Sex Offender.

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Now I’ve heard everything.

The world of lotteries yields so many odd stories, I could write a book of them.
[I did, and it’s released this month. More details when I know more.]

So, here is another one.

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted a story about the Alaska Lottery…or drawing. Alaska is a state without a formal state lottery, but lotteries to beniefit nonprofits are allowed.

The winner of the $500,000 Alaska lottery to benefit a nonprofit that aids victims of sexual abuse turns out to be a convicted sex offender.

Alec Ahsoak, 53, came forward to claim his winnings on Saturday, Jan. 10, said lottery organizer Abe Spicola, who owns Lucky Times Pull Tabs in Anchorage.

“He said he was going to buy a house and said he was going to donate part of it to God, and you know charity,” Spicola said.

Ahsoak is, however, doing a good thing with a major portion of his winnings.

Ahsoak said he planned to give $100,000 of the jackpot to Standing Together Against Rape, which paired up with Lucky Times to conduct the lottery, Spicola said.

Ahsoak was convicted of two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in 1993, and once again in 2000, according to the state’s sex offender registry and first reported Saturday evening by KTUU, Alaska’s Channel 2.

Promoters billed the jackpot as the largest in state history. They drew the winning ticket Friday night, but the winner remained a mystery.

Ahsoak had the winning ticket.

Later, the TV station received an e-mail noting that Ahsoak was listed as a sex offender.

Ahsoak said that he’s worked hard to turn his life around, has been in treatment for the past year and wanted to use part of his winnings to help others, KTUU reported.

He told the station he was raised in foster homes and at the Jesse Lee Home for Children in Seward, Alaska.

“He said that God would want him to donate to STAR.”

Another board member, former Anchorage state Rep. Eric Croft, said, “I think what it highlights is how prevalent this crime is. And we don’t mind taking money from anybody to help victims of sexual assault, and we hope that he’ll follow through on his commitment to give some of it back.”

Ahsoak received $350,000 rather than $500,000 because organizers must withhold federal taxes, Spicola said.

Organizers plan to start selling tickets for the next lottery ” to be held in July ” later this month. The payout for that drawing is expected to be $250,000 to $500,000.

GAMES WE PLAY:
Tuesday night’s Mega Millions has a $16 million jackpot.
Wednesday night is Powerball, which offers a huge jackpot of $146 million.
Friday night’s Euro Millions has reset to a 15 million Euro jackpot.

Good luck everyone.

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  1. Has any one thought maybe about his victims being compensated or would that be out of Line.
    The Statue of Limitations… has fallen, or run out , or whatever for that sort of thing??

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