Suffolk demands cool million from lotto couple

A lucky Miller Place couple were presented with a giant check Thursday, but a legal battle may keep them from spending some of that money.

Richard and Mary Morrison struck it rich winning the Mega Millions jackpot worth $165 million. Now, Suffolk County?s social services commissioner says the pair owes close to $1 million from when they ran non-profit homeless shelters.

The Morrisons deny owing any money. A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that $950,000 of the winnings be held in an escrow account until the matter is settled.

The couple will face the county in court on Jan. 20.

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