LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A man who once won a $19 million lottery jackpot pleaded guilty Thursday to four federal counts of bank robbery, authorities said.

James Allen Hayes, 55, who was also known as James Killen and Ceaser Killen, was indicted last October in connection with bank heists in Newhall, Valencia and Santa Barbara counties. Authorities say he is believed to be the PT Cruiser Bandit and the Seasoned Bandit, so named by the FBI for his gray/white hair.

In each heist, the robber slipped a note to the teller demanding cash and threatening to shoot if they did not comply, according to the indictment.

As part of the plea deal, Hayes agreed to forfeit a light-colored Chrysler PT Cruiser, which was allegedly used in some of the robberies.

Hayes was indicted in October for a string of bank heists between April and September in the Pacific Palisades, Stevenson Ranch, Valencia, Newhall, Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Maria.

He faces up to 20 years behind bars when he is sentenced and could be ordered to pay restitution of about $40,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Hayes was a Ventura security guard supervisor on the graveyard shift in January of 1998 when he won a $19 million SuperLotto jackpot. His ex-wife reportedly took half the jackpot, and Hayes ended up with a $6 million lump sum and a $1,000-a-week heroin habit.

When tracked down and arrested by the FBI in October, authorities said Hayes was living in an abandoned garage.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 7.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

Comments (26)
  1. Dusty Rhodes says:

    $6,000,000? That’s about 6 times what my wife and I retired on – but I don’t drink or do drugs.

  2. Dirk DeKreek says:

    Newhall and Valencia are counties?

  3. Bob Suyak says:

    Shows the devastation of heroin, he needed to get help.

  4. Neal Sears says:

    Give the PT Cruiser to McCabe, in lieu of his unearned retirement fund!

  5. dt60093 says:

    $6 million should safely provide an income of about $300,000 per year after taxes. He could have easily have afforded $1,000 per week for heroin.

  6. Saw this on Drudge. Left for http://www.PressCalifornia.com for more real California news.

  7. Joe Pace says:

    How many of them have won and a few years later were dead broke?

    1. Sean A Foltz says:

      You would think that a former prison guard would know better than to get into heroin.

      Sadly, lottery winners ending up poor is an all too common occurance – the overwhelming majority of them are usually broke in about five years due to gross mismanagement of their winnings.

      What you need to do if you win is go ahead and take a million off of the top to spend stupid and put the rest into a variety of investments through a variety of investment firms, that way if any one of them goes south on you you don’t end up losing everything.

      Assuming this guy had followed this advice he could have had five million invested and been making at least five percent on that annually, meaning an income of $250k a year or more like $150ish after taxes – more than enough to live very comfortably anywhere but CA or New York.

  8. Careful of what you wish for. And please do not get the verse wrong “Money is the root of all evil” the CORRECT verse is: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with.” Money isn’t bad. Money builds hospitals, cures diseases, and takes care of orphans and widows.

  9. Points out how viable Duterte’s practice executing of drug addicts could be in the US. Just imagine, if that worthless P.O.S. had been dead, he couldn’t have won that money un-deservedly and squandered it all on his pathetic addiction. Fcuk that P.O.S. I could’ve used 1% of that money and changed my life. I hope someone kills that worthless P.O.S. in prison.

  10. Todd Thomas says:

    As punishment, they should make him keep the PT Cruiser…

  11. Fred Doe says:

    I would say that if euthanasia is ever in called for, it would be in order here.

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