A man wanted by the federal government for taking a photograph of the national lottery’s poster with the words “NO MORE CIRCLES” has told The Wall St. Journal that he has no regrets about the gesture, and wants to continue taking the money he won.
The man, whose identity is not disclosed, was one of several who took a photo of the poster with a picture of a woman with a wad of cash in one hand and a $100 bill in the other.
The man said he had no intention of getting arrested.
“This was just an innocent photo,” he said.
“I did it for my friends.”
The man is one of a group of men who took photographs of the National Cylinder $100 Prize Poster in February.
They took about two dozen photos of the paper before it was confiscated by authorities.
In a news release, the FBI said the man who took the photos was not involved in the theft of the prize money.
The poster was a “promising source of income for some,” said the FBI, which cited the man’s previous work as a “policeman for a local sheriff’s department.”
The poster also attracted attention after a young woman, who was a registered voter, claimed to have received a $1,000 check in the mail from the poster’s creator.
The posters were also used by local politicians and police departments in an effort to boost turnout, but the FBI noted that the posters were often made by individuals with limited time and limited ability to take photographs.