Last Wednesday's massive $425 million US Powerball Jackpot was big news, but a man from Allentown, Pennsylvania, became newsworthy himself when his lottery aspirations were frustrated by a store clerk who told him the lottery machine had been switched off for the day.
The peeved Powerball player was so overcome with emotion that he stripped off his clothes and staged a protest by parading naked around the store.
Miguel M. Valeram, 27, tried to buy his ticket from the Quick Mart convenience store on 707 N. Seventh St. Allenstown, in the early hours of Thursday February 13. Rather than just walk away and play another day, the homeless man removed his clothes, donned a knit cap from one of the displays, and began parading about, penis in hand, picking up candy bars and other items and throwing them around the store.
When store clerk, Mukesh Patel, threatened to call the police, Valeram got back into his cloths and fled, but the night was still young for the lewd protestor. He marched into the Pace Mart store, farther down the street, and demanded money from the register, but Pace Mart worker, Mohamed Moustafa, picked up a baseball bat and chased Valeram from the store.
Valeram then tried to steal a car from a neighboring filling station and by the time police arrived at the scene he was running down the street with Moustafa and the car owner still in hot pursuit.
Valera has been charged with more than a dozen offences including, open lewdness, public drunkenness, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He is now off the streets and living in Lehigh County Prison. His bail is set at $25,000.