Store owner says he was shot with homemade weapon after customer lost lottery

A shop owner claims he was shot with a homemade weapon by a customer who became enraged after losing the lottery.

The alleged incident happened Wednesday morning in San Francisco, just after Hisham Abu opened his business, Sam’s Shop, for the day. A man walked into the store with a lottery ticket, which Abu told him was not a winner, prompting him to become agitated, according to ABC 7 News.

Abu said the man accused him of being responsible for his lottery loss. He also had a strange homemade device consisting of a piece of wood and a balloon, which he used to attack the store owner.

“He said to me, ‘You sold a fake ticket’ and he had a ball in his hand, with a pin in the front, and he had a piece of wood almost a foot long,” said said Abu. “[He] hit the ball with a piece of wood, and the ball comes out and it hits my shoulder.”

A California store owner claims a man shot him with a strange homemade weapon after he lost the lottery. Above is a representative image of a lottery ticket.
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Abu said he was not even aware that the homemade device had shot him until it was reported by someone else. The unnamed man has since been taken into custody, where Abu hopes he will stay to prevent him from harming anyone else.

Newsweek contacted the San Francisco Police Department for comment.

Based on available information, it is unclear what type of lottery ticket this man had purchased from Abu. Lottery drawings have in recent weeks returned to national prominence due to a historic prize amount of one of the major drawings.

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot recently reached around $1.2 billion. It was its second highest prize to date and only the third time in history that the prize has topped $1 billion. A winning ticket with all six numbers drawn on July 29 was eventually purchased in Illinois, with 26 tickets also matching the first five numbers with a $1 million minimum.

The winner with all six matching numbers, whose identity has not been publicly disclosed, walked away with an estimated $700 million in prize money. Thanks to the windfall, the winner’s personal wealth exceeds that of celebrities such as Bono and Dolly Parton.

In late July, a Kalamazoo County, Michigan man was arrested after allegedly stealing lottery tickets from a gas station, according to MLive. The suspect, Michael Anthony Guarisco II, was arraigned July 25 and charged with armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon.

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