National Post – Ohio lottery winner to be released on bail
Ohio lottery winners have been released from jail, as authorities try to reunite them with their families, officials said Tuesday.
The state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said it would not release the winners until they are reunited with their spouses and children.
The lottery, which opened on Saturday, is one of several statewide events held to encourage families to donate money to help support needy families.
The National Post reported that the winner of the lottery, 37-year-old Michael St. Clair, was released from the Cleveland County Jail late Tuesday after a court hearing.
St. Claire, a former Marine, has been in custody since July 28 after he failed to appear for court dates for the other lottery winners.
Authorities are seeking to reunify the two winners.
More from The Washington Post: A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last month ordered St. Clairs wife, Traci St. Louis, to be held in federal custody.
The ruling came after a monthlong investigation by prosecutors and a federal appeals court.
In addition to the three lottery winners, St. Clarence’s wife, Ashley, and St. Lawrence’s sister, Jennifer, were also charged with crimes in the case.