Suffolk Co. objecting to winning mega-millions ticket

January 6, 2010 4:07:49 PM PST
Suffolk County is trying to get its hands on some of the giant Mega Millions jackpot won by a Long Island couple. The county is trying to block Richard and Mary Morrison from cashing their check, until they agree to fork over almost a million dollars.

"It's a lie, it's a lie, it's a lie, they stole from us!" yelled Richard Morrison.

When they dreamed of winning the lottery, Richard and Mary Morrison probably never imagined the battle they would have to endure just to collect their winnings.

"Shame on Suffolk County, shame on you!" exclaimed their lawyer.

With their lawyer by their side Wednesday afternoon, the Morrisons blasted away at county leaders.

As we reported first, on Wednesday afternoon, the county filed an injuction request in State Supreme Court, in hopes of blocking the Morrison's Mega Millions lottery payout, now scheduled for Thursday.

"The nerve of the county, to call today, and rain on their parade," said the couple's lawyer, Michael Solomon.

Before they bought their $162 million ticket at a Rocky Point convenience store, the Morrison's ran homeless shelters for Suffolk County for 20 years until they lost the contract.

The county controller uncovered more than $600,000 the Morrison's charged taxpayers improperly.

A judge agreed and ordered that they repay the county, including interest, which makes it about a million dollars that they owe.

The Morrison's never did make that repayment.

County attorneys want to block the Mega Millions payout, until the Morrison's pay the money back.

"We're good people, and we've done no wrong, and it will be proven," said Mary Morrison.

State Lottery officials confirmed that they are planning on turning over a lump sum of more than $60 million at a press conference on Thursday.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in Georgia, Illinois, California, Texas, Washington, Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Maryland and Massachusetts.

The winning numbers were 3, 33, 35, 39, 45 and the mega ball number is 13.

You can see the Mega Millions drawing live on Channel 7 right before Eyewitness News at 11:00 on Tuesday and Friday nights.