We may hear stories about big buck winners of the lottery ending up in broken, tragic situations after a careless spending spree with their winnings. It seems to become a curse upon them.
Segura Rubelin, 40 year old, almost got a share of the pot if he wasn’t so greedy and selfish.
He lived in the Bronx of New York and worked as a cab driver, but he was saddled with big money woes. Segura swiped his buddy’s winning $50,000 Powerball ticket — then tried to pass it off as his own, authorities said Tuesday.
Segura Rubelin’s pal, Victor Castillo, didn’t win the $1.5 billion jackpot that sent the nation into a fever pitch two weeks ago. But, the fortunate friend knew he had won enough money to tide him over for a while — until he said the man who was like a brother to him snatched the ticket out of his hand.
His “friend” grabbed it as Victor was reading the numbers off to his buddies. He had 3 numbers and won $50,000! Segura grabbed Castillo’s winning ticket and ran off to the bodega where it was purchased and came back with another winning ticket — one worth a mere $4.
“He was my friend, but he is no longer,” Castillo, 66, told the News through an interpreter. “We were like brothers. He betrayed me. I’m still in shock.”
Castillo, who also drives a cab, joined Rubelin and other drivers at a Bronx diner Jan. 14 — the day after the historic Powerball drawing — to check the winning numbers.
Fortunately, they got it all on video and shared the evidence with cops.
“We saw everything on the videotape,” said Wagner Cruceta, manager of La Fuerza, the Bronx bodega where the $50,000 ticket was purchased. “Victor bought the ticket. The other guy came to check it but left. It was not nice.”
After Rubelin left the diner, Castillo tried to track him down at his mother’s house, where Rubelin had been staying.
After the investigation, Rubelin was arrested Tuesday and charged with grand larceny.
Rubelin’s relatives said he was behind on rent for a Washington Heights apartment, where three of his kids live with their mother and grandmother.
“We’ve been waiting on him to pay the rent we owe,” said the kids’ grandmother Segunda Paduani, 65. “If he would have had the money, he would have paid it. He’s always helped with the rent.”
What a late charge poor Mr.Segura Rubelin is going to have, after court costs that is. “Stupid is as stupid does,” as Forrest Gump would say.