81-Year-Old Man Kills Self Over Lottery Scam

Associated Press

A distraught man drove his car into a canal and drowned after learning he had been cheated out of his $7,000 life savings with a phony lottery ticket, officials said.

Ceferino Cruz, 81, died after fighting off a passer-by who tried to pull him from his sinking car Tuesday, police said.

They said Cruz agreed to give $7,000 to two men who claimed they had a winning lottery ticket but could not cash it because they were illegal aliens. He gave them the money in exchange for the ticket, but it proved to be worthless.

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