A sex offender won $3 million off a Florida Lottery scratch off ticket.
For 12 years Timothy Poole’s mugshot has appeared on Florida’s Sex Offender Registry indicating he’s a sexual predator.
But now the state has taken a new photo of Poole holding up a $3 million check after he struck it rich on a Florida Lottery scratch off ticket.
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“He says, ‘Will you look at this? Am I seeing things?’ It was quite a remarkable thing. My heart is still beating,” said Floyd Snyder, a friend with the new multi-millionaire.
Snyder refuses to believe allegations that Poole molested a child.
“The years I’ve known him, I’ve seen no inclination of anything like that,” Snyder said.
In 1999, deputies arrested Poole after a friend of the family claimed he had molested a boy since he was nine years old.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit the child “said Tim would sleep in the same bed as him” and “sometimes Tim would wake him up from sleeping to perform a sex act.”
Poole denied the allegations, but later he pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery and spent nearly three years in prison.
In November a news station investigation exposed sex predators who work jobs like pizza delivery drivers, and they found Poole employed as a cab driver at his mom’s taxi business.
“He’s a very positive person. Very kind. Giving. I think that’s why he won. Because it’s Christmas time and the dude deserves a break, man,” Snyder said.
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