COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police said a riot erupted at a coat store after an Ohio woman announced she had won the lottery and would pay for everyone's purchases – only she didn't have any money. Columbus Police Lt. Michael Deakins says 44-year-old Linda Brown announced that she would spend $500 on every person at a Burlington Coat Factory store on Tuesday, prompting customers to line up at the cashier and call their relatives.
When police arrived hours later, 500 people filled the store and another 1,000 were trying to get inside. Police said Brown was arrested on three outstanding warrants but was not charged pending a mental health evaluation. Police did not know if Brown had an attorney. Her phone number was not listed.
Burlington Coat Factory did not respond to requests for comment.