A Houston man is facing a felony charge after he allegedly tried to pass off a phony lottery ticket as a winner worth more than $1 million. According to court documents, Allen Hudaifa allegedly brought a Texas Lottery scratch-off ticket to the Houston Claim Center on February 19, 2010 to claim a prize of $1,000 a week for 20 years, for a total prize value of $1,040,000. Hudaifa signed a form saying he had purchased the ticket at a local Fiesta grocery store.
Analysis by a Texas Lottery Commission forensic specialist reportedly revealed the ticket was a non-winning scratch-off that had been altered. The numbers 4 and 5 had been cut out and put into different positions on the ticket where they were secured with scotch tape. The placement of the numbers gave the appearance that the ticket was a winner.
Hudaifa, 57, denied altering the ticket. He's been charged with lottery violation, a felony. Bail has been set at $10,000.