BRUNSWICK, Ga. – What's the first thing you'd spend big bucks on if you won millions in the lottery? Okay, how many said you would invest in hopefully becoming the next Walter White, the methamphetamine mastermind from the TV show Breaking Bad?
If your hand is up, you are, apparently, not alone. But it didn't work out for Ronnie Music Jr., 45, who won $3 million in a scratch-off lottery game last year and decided to invest that money in a crystal meth trafficking ring, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
According to federal prosecutors, Music pleaded guilty last week on federal drug trafficking and firearms charges. His co-conspirators were caught trying to sell 11 pounds of crystal meth worth about $500,000 in September 2015. Music was then identified as the supplier, prosecutors said.
He allegedly used money from his lottery win to buy the meth so he could resell it. During the investigation, agents seized more than $1 million in meth along with guns, ammunition, vehicles and $600,000 in cash.
“Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth,” said U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver.
Tarver said the “unsound investment strategy” could result in a life sentence.
The ATF and DEA were among the agencies that investigated the case.