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This Guy Started a Meth Ring with His $3 Million Lottery Winnings

Ronnie Music Jr. decided to really push his luck after winning the scratch-off lottery jackpot last year.

by VICE Staff
Jul 27 2016, 2:55pm

Photo via Flickr user Mark Ou

After Ronnie Music Jr. won $3 million from the Georgia State Lottery last year, he decided to really push his luck and put all his new money into starting a full-fledged crystal meth ring, NBC reports.

Music's investment scheme began when he reportedly used all his winnings to purchase meth, then recruited dealers to resell it for a profit. But then a few of his dealers were caught selling back in September, and they tipped off authorities about Music's Walter White fantasies. Police then raided his base in Ware County, Georgia, where they found more than $1 million worth of meth, $600,000 in cash, a bunch of guns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

In a statement from the US District Attorney's office, Ed Tarver said, "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."

Music plead guilty to gun and drug charges last week and is set to be sentenced after the state conducts an investigation. According to the Fresno Bee, he could spend life behind bars.