FIRST ON 3: Wilmington man arrested for falsely claiming $1 million lottery prize


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Submitted: Thu, 07/12/2012 - 3:44am
Updated: Thu, 09/27/2012 - 12:38am
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OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) -– A Wilmington man is accused of obtaining a winning lottery ticket illegally. On Monday WWAY told you about an Oak Island woman who won a $1 million lottery prize. Now her husband is charged with stealing it.

After winning the prize money, Mikala Fields, a community college student in Brunswick County, said she would spend the money to buy a new home and invest for the future. But now, her husband, 20 year-old Sean Mewherter is accused of a scam that landed him behind bars.

No one at the Kangaroo Express in Oak Island would discuss the investigation, but according to the NCEL, after Fields was awarded the prize money Mewherter’s boss contacted them.

An investigation led to the arrest of Mewherter by the Oak Island Police Department and security officials from the N.C. Education Lottery.

The investigation is continuing but as of Wednesday no charges have been filed against Fields.

“We are determined to take all steps possible to ensure that the security and integrity of the lottery and its games will not be compromised,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “We appreciate the vigilance of our partner, Kangaroo Express, in monitoring the sale of lottery tickets.”

The Education Lottery also is seeking the recovery of the prize money paid to Fields. Top prize winners in the 20X The Money game have the option of claiming their prize as a 20-year annuity, or as a lump sum. Fields chose the $600,000 lump sum and received a check for $408,003 after taxes were withheld.

“A lot of safeguards are in place to ensure lottery prizes are honestly won,” Garland said. “In this case, lottery players didn’t get the chance they should have had to win that prize. So when the money is recovered it will be used as prize money in a future instant game.”

Mewherter has since been released from the Brunswick County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

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2015 years 8 months ago

The only way you can scan the ticket properly is if you scratch the front of the ticket. there’s five or four numbers that are underlined that you need to type in. trust me ,if it was that easy for people to win money like that the lottery people would know about it. COME ON NOW.

taxpayer
2015 years 8 months ago

If Mikala is arrested, I’m guessing the smile on her face she had holding her BIG cardboard check will have disappeared.

anne
2015 years 8 months ago

I read this story and am still confused. What is he charged with? Did he steal the ticket and then they claimed it? What charges is she facing? Seems like an incomplete story to me

Canada Dry
2015 years 8 months ago

The story plainly states HE not she was charged. As of this date that may have changed since I can’t seem to find any follow-up story.
The big question is did he steal it from the store as a fresh, unscratched ticket or had he checked it for a customer, saw the win and then told them it was not a winner and kept it. Had the store manager caught the missing ticket from and Audit, saw it on a video from store security camera,, or what?? How di he know to call the lottery officials?

taxpayer
2015 years 8 months ago

obtained the ticket without paying for it…according to the security camera footage. Gave the ticket to his girlfriend to redeem.

Guest1
2015 years 8 months ago

Did you hear the story of a guy who just buys tickets, throws them in a drawer, and when the winning ticket was about to expire he then responded to the news story? In CA we have the ticket scanners right at the store so they can be checked without having to hand it to the clerk. Mine always say, “SORRY NOT A WINNER.” I really don’t buy that many. If they printed the tickets on toilet paper at least they would be useful.

Guest of who what when where why and how
2015 years 8 months ago

Why is she arrested? What did she do? For that matter, what did he do? If he did something, why is she being denied her winnings? Why aren’t her winnings legal?

Will someone please finish writing this story.