The lucky man who won Alaska’s first half-million-dollar lottery was attacked on a downtown Anchorage street on January 13, 2009. The police said that Alex Ahsoak, 53, was attacked with a tire iron metal pipe.
The attack occurred when a man approached him and asked him if he was the man who had won the $500,000 jackpot. At the time it was unclear if the attack had been motivated by Ahsoak’s winning the lottery or the extensively distributed reports that he was a three-time convicted sex offender.
Police lieutenant Dave Parker said that there had been no apparent attempt at robbery. Ahsoak was struck eight to 10 times and then he could throw his Pepsi at the assailant and he ran for Phyllis’ Café. The assailant then ran off.
The following day, Ahsoak was discharged from the hospital. According to Parker, the police took a man and a woman into custody.
Later, the man was identified as 20-year-old Brandon J. Hughes of Los Angeles. Hughes was charged in the attack. Police mentioned that Hughes did not know Ahsoak.
Ahsoak said that he had been stopped by a white man, who was about 21 and wore a blue-and-white checked shirt, blue jeans and a white baseball cap when he entered the Fifth Avenue Mall. The stranger asked Ahsoak if he was the lottery winner, he said yes and went into the mall. State lottery
A few minutes later, Ahsoak walked out carrying a Pepsi, and the man approached him and started hitting him on the head with the weapon.
Ahsoak had to be transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries, which did not seem to be life-threatening, according to police.
According to court records, Ahsoak was convicted in 1993 of molesting two girls under the age of 13. For that reason he was sentenced to four years in prison.
In March 2000, police arrested him once again for molesting a different young girl he was baby-sitting. Through a plea bargain, Ahsoak was sentenced to six years in prison on a single count of sexual abuse of a minor.
Consequently, prosecutors dropped another sex abuse charge and a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.