Lottery Winner Holly Lahti's Past is Revealed
The Idaho winner of the Mega Millions lottery was a mystery, until now as her mugshot surfaces along with other information. INSIDE EDITION has the details.
Does this mugshot look like somebody who just won $190 million?
It's the first photo of Holly Lahti, with a shiner on her left eye and swollen face. She's the 29-year-old Idaho mother of two who just won half of the Mega Millions lottery.
Lahti has been mysterious up to now, and didn't even show up at a news conference announcing she won $190 million.
A lottery official said, "She's requested the media not contact her and respect her privacy."
Now we know why. She has a troubled past was arrested for battery after a 2003 domestic dispute with her husband Joshua.
The charge against her was dropped, but it turns out her estranged husband has been arrested 20 times, including for kidnapping, domestic battery, and assault. Those charges were eventually dismissed.
INSIDE EDITION has obtained a mugshot of Joshua Lahti from 2000 after another arrest.
He bears a striking resemblance to this high school yearbook photo of actor Jeff Bridges, who's now receiving Oscar² buzz for his role in the hit movie, True Grit.
Holly Lahti bought her winning Mega-Millions ticket at a convenience store in Post Falls, Idaho, where Brad Wilde is the manager.
Wilde said, "She just about passed out on the floor."
She was working as a bank teller just a block away and immediately quit her job. But now she's gone into hiding.
Quite a contrast to the other Mega-Millions winners, retired couple Jim and Carolyn McCullar of Ephrata, Washington.
Just to complicate things, Holly and Joshua lahti have reportedly lived apart for two years but never divorced. Now he may be entitled to half the Mega-Millions bonanza.
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