A Columbus, Ohio woman named Linda Brown, created a near riot inside the Burlington Coat Factory when she claimed to be a lottery winner. It was all a hoax and now she’s facing criminal charges. You can read more below and see the video of all the commotion.




Lottery Hoax Store Shot





Linda Brown pulled up to the Burlington Coat Factory in Columbus, Ohio in a stretch Hummer limosine. She announced to everyone she had won a $1.5 million dollar lottery jackpot. She then told shoppers that she would pay for everyone’s items. Well, you can imagine everybody’s reaction to that! Trouble is that Linda Brown’s lottery win was just a hoax and she ended up causing a near riot in the store.

According to police, Linda Brown walked up to a cash register at the Columbus Burlington Coat Factory loudly announcing she had won the lottery and would pay for each person’s merchandise up to $500.

Well, people love free stuff everywhere. Some shoppers in the store began calling their friends and family to tell them to hurry down to the store too. As the cash registers rang up purchase after purchase, at least 500 people filled the aisles and another 1,000 were outside trying to get in.

Linda Brown did pay for some of the shopper’s items, maxing out her credit card for $5,000. After about an hour, she asked her limo driver to take her to the bank to withdraw money. When she returned to the store with no money, waiting for her were about 2 dozen police officers and concerned store employees and angry shoppers.

Well, of course, no lottery money meant no free stuff for the masses.

“Everybody was like, ‘I still want my free stuff,’ and that started the riot,” police said. “It looks like (Hurricane) Katrina went through the store.”

The Burlington Coat Factory looked like a cyclone had hit it after angry customers threw store merchandise around and knocking over displays. Some even looted the store. Police said they have no way of tracking down the customers who stole items and fled, but they’re reviewing surveillance video.

And Linda Brown? There was no lottery jackpot, it was all a hoax, so no money to cover the cost of the purchases. Even the rented limo was stiffed.

Police arrested Linda Brown, age 44, on three outstanding warrants for aggravated menacing, misuse of a 911 system and causing false alarms. She was jailed late Wednesday, but no charges had been filed yet against her related to the near riot she caused at Burlington Coat Factory over her lottery winner hoax. She is expected to have a mental health evaluation soon.

We have a video of all the panic caused by Linda Brown’s lottery winner hoax at Burlington Coat Factory store below.