A Georgia Lottery Winner Invested In Crystal Meth And Now Faces Jail Time
Lottery winners are the definition of lucky. Out of the millions of people who throw a few dollars toward a giant jackpot, they are the chosen ones destined for a carefree life without financial woes. The smart winners change the world with philanthropic efforts, but there are always dumbasses like Ronnie Music, Jr. – a lotto winner who invested in a crystal meth business and now faces a prison sentence.
The Waycross, Georgia native made headlines in February 2015 when he scored $3 million dollars off a scratch-off ticket. A few months later, an investigation into Music revealed he was working with a team to purchase and re-sell meth. Federal agents caught his co-conspirators trying to sell 11 pounds of crystal meth, which has a street value of $500K, and they all pointed a figurative finger at Music as their fearless leader.
According to U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver, Music pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and firearms charges and is currently awaiting sentencing. He could face life behind bars, and Attorney Tarver doesn’t feel the least bit of sympathy for his moronic actions, telling The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Defendant Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth. As a result of his unsound investment strategy, Music now faces decades in a federal prison.”
If there is a hall of fame for stupid lottery winners, then Music should definitely be the latest inductee added to the list. He’s somewhere near the top with Michael Carroll, a man who blew $15 million on cocaine, hookers, and cars in just five years, and a two-time lotto winner who gambled her way into trailer park poverty. It’s a shame to see people receive life-changing money and use it to make their lives even worse than they were before they were winners. Some say it’s the “curse of the lottery,” while others think it’s what happens when a less-than-smart person gets a sudden windfall of cash.
I’m not a financial advisor nor a lawyer, but I’m a person who (as my grandma would say) uses the brain that the good Lord gave me. My common sense tells me that I know nada about being filthy rich, so I would need an advisor, lawyer, and an accountant to help me stay rich by making smart investments. Perhaps they would encourage me to buy into a lucrative franchise, set up trusts for my children, invest some in the stock market, or start my own business. What they would not do is encourage me to find a few shifty friends and launch an illegal drug ring.
Music will have plenty of time to think about his bad business move while he’s sitting in prison. Good job blowing $3 million dollars, buddy.