Powerball jackpot winners sued by notorious former prisoner


MUNFORD, TN (WCMH) — The family who appeared on the Today Show before claiming their share of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot is being sued by a former inmate.

The lawsuit was filed on January 25 by Jonathan Lee Riches, AKA Jihadi Schitz, according to court records.

The handwritten complaint alleges that the daughter of John and Lisa Robinson wrote letters to Riches while he was in prison. Riches said he gave $20 from his prison trust fund account and told her to use the money for Powerball tickets.

Read the full handwritten lawsuit

Riches said that if he and the Robinsons won, he was going to ‘murry’ the daughter and live on a remote island full of milk and honey.

The lawsuit names the Multistate Lottery Commission, Powerball and the Robinson family and seeks half of their cut of the Powerball prize.

According to a column on Forbes.com, nuisance lawsuits from family, friends and strangers are among the perils that meet the winners of big lottery jackpots.

Jonathan Lee Riches, a former federal prisoner, is notorious for filing thousands of far-fetched lawsuits against public figures. Riches once sued Anne Hathaway for not visiting him in prison. In 2014, he sued Johnny Manziel for sexual harassment.

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