Lottery winner attacked near mall

Young man beats multiple sex offender on head with tire iron

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are looking for a man who attacked the winner of Alaska's largest lottery outside a downtown mall.

The lottery winner - 53-year-old Alec Ahsoak, who has multiple sex-abuse convictions - was assaulted about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say Ahsoak was entering the Fifth Avenue Mall when the young man, who was with two women, asked if he was the "half million dollar lottery winner." Ahsoak said he was and went inside.

He exited with a soda moments later, and the same man began striking him on the head with a tire iron or metal pipe. Ahsoak threw his soda container at the man and ran to a nearby restaurant, where he called police.

Police say Ahsoak's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. He was being treated at a local hospital.

The attacker is described as a white man about 21 years old, with long brown hair. He was dressed in a blue-and-white checkered shirt, blue jeans and white baseball cap.

Ahsoak, an Anchorage resident, came forward Saturday to collect his prize. After taxes, he gets $350,000 in the half-million dollar lottery.

Anchorage television station KTUU reported that Ahsoak pleaded guilty in 1993 and in 2000 to three counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Standing Together Against Rape, an advocacy group for sexual abuse victims that sponsored the lottery, is expecting a modest payout for itself - between $2,000 and $20,000.

STAR officials said Ahsoak's win underscores the scope of the sexual abuse problem in the state, which has the nation's highest rate of reported rapes, according to 2007 FBI crime statistics.

Ahsoak, who has talked about donating $100,000 of his winnings to STAR, told KTUU he has worked hard to turn his life around and has been in treatment for the past year.

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