A man who won $41 million in the California lottery seven years ago was jailed on suspicion of domestic violence after an incident in San Clemente last weekend.
Jimmy Balloue, 43, is accused of grabbing his ex-wife and shoving her to the ground during a dispute about 6:10 p.m. Saturday on the 100 block of Via Plumosa in the Talega area, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Balloue appeared in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday.
He has a felony car-theft conviction from 1994, according to court records. In 2011, he was charged with misdemeanor battery against a cohabitant, but the charge was dismissed.
Balloue was living in Laguna Hills and working as an assistant construction manager in 2007 when, after 10 years of spending $40 a week on lottery tickets, he bought a winning Quick Pick ticket at a liquor store in Lake Forest. He chose a lump-sum payment that gave him about $20 million, according to a published report.
Balloue said at the time that he planned to continue working, and he has been a quality-assurance representative in the Irvine Co.’s design center since Nov. 12, 2012, a company official said.
By MEGHANN M. CUNIFF/ ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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