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US man gets probation for planting bogus winning lottery ticket as a practical joke

A man who created a "winning" lottery ticket and planted it at work as a practical joke was sentenced to a year of probation for forgery and tampering with public records.

James A. Koons Jr., 38, also was fined $2,500 (Ђ1,900) Tuesday and may have to pay the legal fees of the co-worker who was arrested after trying to redeem the Powerball ticket at Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters.

Koons' lawyer said his client meant to play a prank on co-workers when he left the bogus $853,000 (Ђ642,600) ticket underneath a newspaper in his trucking company's break room in November 2005. Koons pleaded guilty.

"It was intended to get a reaction from someone, and then (Koons) would burst their bubble," said Koons' attorney, Stephen Ellwood. "In hindsight, it was a terrible joke."

Brian S. Miller, 35, was charged with unsworn falsification after telling investigators he purchased the ticket, which had in fact been created on Koons' home computer. A jury acquitted him in May.

Miller and Koons worked different shifts at Roadway Express in Carlisle and did not really know each other, Ellwood said. Koons, a dock worker, also created a second bogus ticket, but it apparently was discarded, reports AP.

A judge will conduct a hearing to consider Miller's request to have Koons pay the $12,000 (Ђ9,000) in legal bills he incurred.

In response to the unlawful December 1 arrest and detention of Chinese tech giant Huawei's chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities in Vancouver at the behest of the Trump regime, facing possible unacceptable extradition to the US, Beijing warned its high-tech personnel last month against traveling to America unless it's essential.

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