$3 Million Lotto Winner Sentenced To 21 Years For Funding Meth Ring

By Victoria Kim 04/06/17

Ronnie Music Jr. purchased nearly 11 pounds of meth with his $3 million lotto winnings in 2015.

Ronnie Music Jr.
Ronnie Music Jr. Photo via YouTube

Using lotto winnings to buy crystal meth wasn’t a very sound investment, to say the least. But that’s exactly what one Georgia man did—and now he’s landed himself in prison for the next 21 years.

Ronnie Music Jr. was sentenced on Monday for conspiring to sell crystal methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm as a former convicted felon.

The 46-year-old from Waycross, Georgia pleaded guilty to the charges last July. He was already on parole for a previous conviction when he was caught buying and selling large amounts of methamphetamine, according to the Florida Times-Union.

After hitting the jackpot and winning $3 million from a Georgia Lottery scratch-off game in 2015, Music sank a portion of his winnings—about $500,000—to purchase nearly 11 pounds of meth.

Even as Music’s co-conspirators were caught trying to sell the drugs he supplied, he continued to be involved in the business. 

Authorities uncovered the larger drug-dealing network and confiscated over $1 million of meth, guns and ammunition, $600,000 in cash and several vehicles.

Music will spend more than two decades behind bars—a lighter sentence than the federally recommended 27 to 33 years. Just last August, he faced 10 years to life in prison.

“You got a windfall that few in this world ever get,” Chief U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood said to Music at his sentencing. “Nobody has ever blown lottery winnings in a more dangerous and destructive way than you did.”

According to the Times-Union, Music provided authorities with information about his co-conspirators, including Daniel Alo, an inmate at Calhoun State Prison who is serving a life sentence for murder.

Alo allegedly ran the meth trafficking ring from inside the prison, using cell phones dropped in the prison yard by remote-controlled drones to direct his co-conspirators outside of the prison, and Green Dot prepaid debit cards to pay suppliers and dealers.

Alo and 14 others have been arrested for their part in the meth ring, and have all pleaded guilty.

According to Music’s lawyer, Ronald Harrison, he used alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and meth to deal with past trauma. The Daily Beast also reported last year that many of his co-conspirators were drug users who were novices to large-scale drug dealing. 

Please read our comment policy. - The Fix

Victoria is interested in anything that has to do with how mind-altering substances impact society. Find Victoria on LinkedIn or Tumblr