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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- A Houston County jury ruled Thursday that an illegal immigrant who purchased a winning lottery ticket is the rightful owner of the ticket, not his boss.

The $750,000 lottery ticket was purcased in Warner Robins, Ga.

Jose Antonio "Tony" Cua-Toc, 27, a native of Guatemala who entered the country illegally in 2000, said he asked Fort Valley business owner Erick Cervantes to claim the winning Jingle Jumbo Bucks lottery ticket winnings from Georgia Lottery, Corp., but that Cervantes kept the money.

Cuo-Toc worked as a day laborer for Cervantes, the paper reported.

Cervantes claims he is the rightful owner of the ticket, having given Cua-Toc $20 to purchase the ticket for him.

A lawyer for Cua-Toc won him the right to stay in the country for the court case.

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