Cops: Lottery winner used prize to sexually abuse boy

Daniel Snay, 62, of Uxbridge, Mass., is charged with indecent assault and battery on a child and several other offenses.


UXBRIDGE, Mass. -- A convicted sex offender who won $10 million in the Massachusetts Lottery used the jackpot to help him abuse another victim, police said Sunday.

Daniel Shay, 62, of Uxbridge, was arrested Friday on charges he sexually abused a boy for several years, CBS affiliate WPRI-TV reported.

Snay was charged with indecent assault and battery on a child, reckless endangerment of a child, enticement of a child, and dissemination of pornography to a minor. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

The alleged abuse occurred when the boy was between the ages of 8 and 14, police said.

Snay won $10 million on a Massachusetts Lottery scratch card six years ago, and authorities said they believe he used the money to gain favor with people and groom potential victims.

"Mr. Snay was the recipient of a $10 million lottery award and that windfall aided the commission of the crimes," Uxbridge police said in a news release. They did not elaborate.

Police Chief Jeffrey A. Lourie told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that police believe other assaults may have occurred in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Snay was convicted six times of indecent assault and battery in the 1970s and 1980s. He was classified as Level 3 on the Massachusetts sex offender registry, meaning there is a high risk of the offender committing another crime.

In 2008, Snay bought a $20 scratch ticket at a convenience store in Hopedale, Mass., and won $10 million.