Medford Police Win Million Dollar Lottery Battle

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, July 12 2012 at 6:12 PM, Updated: Thu, July 12 2012 at 6:22 PM

After a woman used a stolen credit card to purchase a winning million dollar lottery ticket back in 2005, the money confiscated by police for their investigation has been locked up in a court battle.

Wednesday, a circuit court judge ruled in favor of the Medford Police Department who will be keeping the winnings of a million dollar scratch-it. Forty percent will be stretched over 16 years with about $50,000 every year going to the MPD. Ten percent goes the the general fund and the other thirty percent was cashed by the woman who originally bought the ticket.

Police confiscated the winnings as evidence after 45 year-old Elizabeth Goodenow was arrested for using the stolen visa and identity of her then boyfriends dead grandmother. The ticket was purchased at Fair City Market in Central Point in 2005. After she won, The Oregon Lottery paid Goodenow $33,500.

Today the MPD has been collecting the checks and plan to spend it to expand their evidence room. Ironic

 

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