Lottery Winner Used $3 Million Prize To Fund Crystal Meth Operation

From a changed life to a life behind bars.

By Benjamin H. Smith

Ronnie Music Jr. must have felt like the luckiest man in the world when he won $3,000,000 in Georgia’s 100X the Money lottery. “I buy tickets every once in a while,” he said at the time, adding “I couldn’t believe it, and I still don’t believe it yet.” However, luck doesn’t trump stupidity, and Mr. Music now faces a possible lifetime behind bars following his stupid decision to invest his lottery winnings in the sale and distribution of crystal methamphetamine in his native Ware County in southeast Georgia.

Authorities followed Mr. Music after busting a bunch of bungling meth dealers trying to move 11 pounds of product with a street value of a half million dollars. It eventually came to light that Mr. Music was the supplier and authorities found more than $1 million worth of meth, firearms, thousands of ammunition rounds, vehicles and more than $600,000 in cash following his arrest. A former convicted felon, Ronnie Music Jr. pled guilty last week to drug trafficking and firearms charges. U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver said “Defendant Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth,” adding, “As a result of his unsound investment strategy, Music now faces decades in a federal prison.”

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