AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas man who pleaded guilty to running a lottery ticket sales racket for years has received a $1.2 million settlement from a lottery company, his lawyer said Monday.
Trevor Mancuso, 53, agreed to pay $500,000 to the state of Texas and another $1 million to the California Lottery Commission to resolve a civil lawsuit alleging the lottery company violated its terms of service by providing a fake lottery ticket to convicted felon Rodney Williams.
Williams was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2012 for robbing a bank and driving his truck through a bank robbery.
He pleaded guilty last year to a lesser crime of theft and was sentenced in April to four years of probation.
Mancuson was sentenced after Williams’ attorney told the jury that the lottery agency’s contract with the state included a clause allowing the lottery to purchase lottery tickets from any of its customers regardless of whether they are felons.
Williams, a felon, also served a prison term for attempted robbery in his home state of North Carolina and a prison sentence for his role in the kidnapping of a former girlfriend in California in 2000.
Williams said he was shocked to learn about the settlement after hearing the news on the “Today” show.
I’m shocked that I can still work for a company that does business with a company like this,” Williams said.
The lottery settlement covers a period beginning in 2013, when Williams was sentenced, and ending in 2016, when he was released from prison.
Williams, a Texas native, said he has not filed a lawsuit against the lottery, the lottery commission or the Texas Lottery, which is not named in the settlement.