Lying Liars: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Lotto

CLEVELAND (AP) – A woman said through tears Thursday that she lied about losing the winning ticket for a $162 million lottery prize awarded to another woman.

Elecia Battle, 40, of Cleveland, is dropping her lawsuit to block payment of the Mega Millions jackpot to the certified winner, said her lawyer Sheldon Starke.

Battle had filed a police report saying she lost the ticket, possibly when she dropped her purse outside a convenience store. The lottery declared Rebecca Jemison, 34, of suburban South Euclid, the winner on Tuesday.

“I’m not a bad person, I’m really not,” she said. “Everyone has a past.”

A past that The Smoking Gun’s dug up of course…