Lawsuit disputes ownership of $1 million lottery ticket sold in Lakeland

John Rhoades and Tyler Scott
John Rhoades (left) and Tyler Scott (right)

Man says friend duped him; pocketed lottery ticket money

BARTOW — A 45-year-old Lakeland man with limited education is suing his friend for misleading him on the value of his $1 million lottery ticket, and for pocketing the proceeds after helping him cash it in.

John Rhoades said he asked his friend, Tyler Scott, 28, for help after realizing the scratch-off ticket he bought in April was a winner, but he wasn’t certain how much it was worth nor how to cash it in. Full Story ⤳