Lottery winners: Beware of that scumbag in line behind you

Yay! You've just won some money playing the lottery -- and being as you're a 75-year-old woman, you can definitely use it. So you head to the nearest grocery store to cash out, feeling mighty fine about life in general. If only Leonard Bedon wasn't watching the whole thing over your shoulder.

That's the story told by the folks at the Denver District Attorney's Office, who believe Bedon followed the unnamed woman into the parking lot, snatched her purse and sped off, thinking he'd just managed to swipe somebody else's lucky day. Wrong: He was busted late last week and now faces twelve years behind bars. You are not a winner! Check out the DA's account below.


Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has charged a man accused of robbing an elderly woman who had just turned in a winning lottery ticket and was on her way home with her cash prize.

Leonard Bedon (dob: 12-09-76) is charged with robbery of an at-risk adult (F3) and theft from an at-risk adult (F5).

On September 17, 2009 at about 10:45 a.m. a 75-year-old woman was walking to her car in a grocery store parking lot when a man jumped out of a truck, grabbed her purse, and drove away. The woman had just turned in a winning lottery ticket. The charges allege that Bedon had been in line behind her in the store and knew she had turned in the ticket for cash. A witness was able to get a license plate number that led to Bedon's arrest late last week.

Bedon remains in custody in the Denver County Jail. His bond is set at $50,000. He is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on October 15, 2009 at 9 a.m. to be formally advised of the charges.

The presumptive range for sentencing on a class 3 felony is up to 12 years in prison.