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LOTTERY JACKPOT WINNER MUST FACE THEFT CHARGES

A judge is letting criminal charges stand against a million-dollar lottery winner accused of stealing more than $85,000 from a lawyer who lent her money.

Barbara Drayton's lack of a record and current financial woes do not warrant granting a defense request to dismiss the case, said Onondaga County Judge Joseph Fahey.

He ruled there was sufficient evidence to support grand-larceny charges against Ms. Drayton, who won $3.5 million in the state lottery in 1983.

If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in state prison.

According to prosecutors, Ms. Drayton, 60, stole the money from lawyer Michael Hanuszczak between February 1995 and July 1996. Hanuszczak, who represented Ms. Drayton when he first began lending her money in 1989, now heads the state attorney general's office in Syracuse.

Prosecutors contend that Ms. Drayton deceived Hanuszczak about her ability to repay those loans by not revealing to him that she had surrendered her rights to future lottery payments.

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