In a twist of fate, a bankrupt and imprisoned Australian Hells Angel has won a million-dollar lottery ticket.
Reginald "Reg" Roberts has won the AU$1.33 million (£749,996) lotto jackpot despite having been remanded in custody thanks to police allegations that he is linked to a plot to illegally import 313kg of crystal meth to South Oz.
In May 2015 the 64-year-old declared bankruptcy and had a month to go before his bankruptcy term ended.
When it comes to playing the lottery from prison, there is no law in Australia that stops prisoners from playing the lottery or receiving pay-outs. How he did play though remains a mystery, given that he has been held in prison since February.
The money hit Roberts' bank account in April. The money didn't stay in his account for long - it was transferred almost immediately. Suspicion arose when the amount Roberts won is oddly close to the $1.5 million amount he was ordered to pay the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in 2015 after being caught coordinating a diesel fuel discount scam involving truck companies with links to the Hells Angels. He too is a fully patched member of the Hells Angels that has been linked in popular culture with shady activities.
2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the most notorious motorcycle club the world has ever known: the Hells Angels.
For those that don’t know, the name "Hells Angels" comes from World War I and II fighter squadrons that played on the irony of the phrase.
Grammar warriors out there may notice that there’s a missing apostrophe in the name. Looking at the Hells Angels official site, the missing apostrophe is explained as being intentional. The site actually states that as there are many types of "hell," no apostrophe is needed.
However, even if "Hells" is used in a plural sense, common rules regarding punctuation dictate it should at least end with an apostrophe. But let’s face it, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to quibble with a member over the issue.
The club was started by a vet named Otto Friedli, after breaking away from one of the earliest post-war motorcycle clubs, the Pissed Off Bastards.
Hells Angels can be recognized by their leather or denim jackets featuring the red-and-white winged "death's head" logo, the letters HAMC and often the number 81 — representing H, the eighth letter of the alphabet, and A, the first.
And if you have ever thought about joining a tide of tattoos, leather and a gang of thundering Harleys, you better know that you can't just walk into a local chapter clubhouse and fill out an application to join.
Jagger and The Hells Angels
An attempt on Jagger’s life was said to have been made in December 1969. It all began at the Altamont concert organized by the Rolling Stones and held at San Francisco’s Altamont Speedway on Dec. 6, 1969. The event was free, and was marketed as a kind of West Coast response to Woodstock, held earlier that summer - a concert the Stones weren’t able to play at. The Hell’s Angels were hired to do security and roughly 300,000 concert attendees showed up. This was a much bigger crowd than anticipated, and regardless of what the Angels were paid, they curated an unfriendly, hostile, and outright violent atmosphere.
Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin was attacked, which led to a verbal altercation between Balin’s bandmate Paul Kanter and another member of the Angels. By the time the Rolling Stones took the stage, the Angels took issue with Jagger’s dance moves, and a few songs into the Stones’ set, the hostility boiled over, resulting in the death of 18-year-old concertgoer Meredith Hunter. The Stones, unaware of what was happening, continued on with their set and only learned about Hunter’s death after the fact. While Passaro stood trial for the murder, he was eventually acquitted on the grounds of self-defence in 1972, but the damage had already been done.
In the wake of Altamont, Jagger spoke out publicly against the group, saying he’d refuse to hire them for any future events, and even denied that they’d hired them to do security in the first place. The Hells Angels didn’t appreciate any of this and viewed Jagger’s public remarks as a personal betrayal; which allegedly led to the decision to try and kill Jagger at his holiday home in the Hamptons as a retaliation.
Most expensive Harley-Davidson motorcycles
When thinking about the Hells Angels you can’t help but also think about a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and after winning any of our amazing international lotto games, like this weeks $423M Powerball Plus or the $422M Mega Millions Max right here at PlayUSALotteries.com you too could see yourself riding one of the most expensive Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the world.
These amazing bikes are the most recognized and notable name in motorbikes and familiar to anyone, whether you are a bike fan or not. They have produced some of the most desirable and sought-after bikes in the history of motorcycles. Founded in 1903, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin it is one of only two motorcycles that survived the Great Depression and grown into one of the most iconic motorcycle companies in the world.
Harley designed some of the most expensive bikes in the world, and some date back to the company’s early years. These are highly sought after by motorcycle enthusiasts and collectors. Here are some of the most expensive Harley Davidson motorcycles:
Softail Slim S
A customised Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S from Switzerland is the most expensive motorcycle in the world, thanks to the 1.5 million Euro (around ₹ 12 crores) price tag. The massive price tag isn't because of the bespoke customisation the bike, but rather due to the fact that various jewels and precious stones have been used to adorn the bike. You can bet your bottom dollar though that a Hells Angel won’t be seen dead on one of these, even though it’s the most expensive in the world.
Easy Rider – $1.35 million
This is the most expensive Harley Davidson bikes ever. It is known as the “Easy Rider” and it sold for $1.35 million at an auction. It is very patriotic and it has earned the name “Captain America” which was Peter Fonda’s character’s name in the 1969 movie. Harley Davidson has some really interesting bikes, and if you don’t agree, then you don’t know motorcycles.
Cosmic Starship – $1Million
The Cosmic is the second most expensive Harley and is worth $1Million. This is a 6-cylinder engine bike and was built on the frame that gave Harley its most value. The unique frame design has stuck and has been a popular look, ride and feel, for millions of customers worldwide ever since. The amazing artwork on the bike earned it its nickname, the “Cosmic Starship” and it is worth $1Million.
Most millennials don’t really get their father’s (and grandfather’s) love for these beasts but, who knows, the same men when they grow older may catch on the spirit of primaeval mystique about these iconic symbols of uber manliness and coolness.
If you do and would love to ride off on your own Harley, then we suggest you play the lottery and who knows – you may just win and experience the thrill that comes from riding one of these beasts.
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