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Man who committed fraud to play the lottery sent to prison

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Posted at 8:32 AM, Sep 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-30 08:32:19-04

DETROIT (AP) — A man who was addicted to the Michigan Lottery has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for a scheme that cost investors more than $23 million.

Viktor Gjonaj of Troy told people that he was plowing their money into real estate deals.

Instead, he was playing the Daily 3 and Daily 4 games — more than $1 million a week by 2019.

Gjonaj believed he had discovered a guaranteed way to win huge jackpots.

Instead, he wound up with a felony conviction.

Federal Judge Linda Parker sentenced Gjonaj to 53 months in federal prison.