Fred Topous Jr. (left) is a Michigan factory worker whose Mega Millions lottery ticket matched all six numbers to win last week's $56 million jackpot.
He's also a convicted sex offender who served prison time and was released from parole in October 2006.
Topous pleaded guilty in 1999 to a charge of assault with intent to penetrate. The victim, a 13-year-old girl, was the daughter of his boss at the time (Topous was 35 then, 45 now). She claimed she and Topous had consensual sex after drinking alcohol. (The Grand Rapids Press has more details on the case.)
Topous, who bought his winning ticket at Party World, where he's a regular customer, opted for a lump-sum payment of $34 million. He told lottery officials he would use the money to buy his family a house and send his kids to college.
"I want to enjoy a little bit of life," Topous said. "We're plain folks. We've struggled all our lives. Now I don't have to wait until Friday to get groceries or put gas in the truck."
What do you think about this -- rags-to-riches success tale or an example of a good thing happening to a bad person?