KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A Malaysian who beheaded a Bangladeshi man because he believed a ritual sacrifice would help him win the lottery was sentenced to death Thursday.

Malaysia's High Court rejected the defense argument that A. Francis, 25, was drunk _ and unaware of his actions _ when he killed Ali Mohammed Ullah, 30, a manual worker at an oil palm plantation, on Aug. 19, 1994.

Ali's body was discovered on the plantation in Temerloh town, 60 miles northeast of Kuala Lumpur. After his arrest, Francis led the police to the place where the head had been buried.

Francis told police he severed Ali's head with a knife, Bernama news agency reported. It was not known if he would appeal.

Lotteries are big business in Malaysia. Some ticket-holders seek help from temple mediums; others sacrifice chickens on the altar.