SAN ANTONIO - An Arkansas woman is in a legal battle to decide if the old adage "finders keepers" holds true for her prize winnings from the lottery.
After plucking a million dollar lottery ticket from a convenience-store garbage can last July, Sharon Jones figured another person's trash was her treasure.
But she's since been sued for the money by the owner of the convenience store and the woman who claims she originally purchased the ticket.
Now she may be forced to return the six-hundred eighty thousand dollars she received after taxes.
"He basically ruled that she abandoned the paper that the ticket is but that she did not abandon the claim to it, that she gained with her purchase of the twenty dollar ticket," said Jimmy Simpson, Sharon Jones' attorney.
Jones and her husband have spent almost $200,000 of the prize money.
Neither of them is currently employed.
They plan to appeal the judge's decision.