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Brothers celebrate lottery win by blowing up house

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Two brothers who were celebrating a $75,000 winning lottery ticket by purchasing marijuana and meth accidentally blew up their house on Friday, said Sgt. Bruce Watts of the Wichita Police Department.

The explosion sent one of the brothers — a 27-year-old — to the hospital, where he remains in serious but stable condition with second-degree burns on his hands, arms and chest.

The other brother was sent to jail, Watts said.

The brothers were in a house in the 100 block of North Nevada Court, near Douglas and West Street, about 7 p.m. Friday, Watts said. One of the brothers went to the kitchen to refuel the butane torches they planned to use to light their bongs. He emptied a couple of large cans of butane lighter fluid, leaking butane into the air.

"The butane vapor reached the pilot light in the furnace, and as you might expect, ka-boom," Watts said.

The victim was wearing a lottery T-shirt during the explosion.

The man's girlfriend loaded him and her kids into a car and drove him to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis for treatment of second-degree burns to his hands, chest and arms. She sped off and has not been found.

Officers went to the house with a warrant, where the other brother ran out, admitting he had marijuana and methamphetamine. He was arrested.

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Thanks to hearsetrax for the tip.

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Posted: February 18, 2013, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

Funny and stupid at the same time.  The title of the story made me LOL, celebrating a lottery win by blowing up a house.

The lottery is NOT a tax on the poor.  By calling it a tax, you are calling it mandatory, which is what taxes are.  But the lottery is NOT mandatory, therefore calling it a tax highly inaccurate.

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    Posted: February 18, 2013, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

    God is having a grand old chuckle on this one.  I can't even hit $2 on powerball last 2 draws and these fools get to blow $75K.  Makes me want to cry and scream at the same time.

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      Posted: February 18, 2013, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

      I don't know why the movie "Half Baked" came to mind?

      I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!

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        Posted: February 18, 2013, 1:28 pm - IP Logged

        and the kicker is now the money is going to have to go to bail, hospital bills (if he doesn't have insurance) and a lawyer if this goes to trial.

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          Posted: February 18, 2013, 1:41 pm - IP Logged

          haha excuse me while I laugh at this one. The two brothers should contact Joseph Taglieri http://www.lotterypost.com/news/234380 and form a club

          It's a futile effort.


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            Posted: February 18, 2013, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

            I like the "girlfriend seen speeding away" part. Probably the smartest thing she has ever done. I hope she and the kids do well with the remainder of the $75k. lol. lol. lol.

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              Posted: February 18, 2013, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

              better call Saul! lol


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                haha excuse me while I laugh at this one. The two brothers should contact Joseph Taglieri http://www.lotterypost.com/news/234380 and form a club

                I Agree!


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                  and the kicker is now the money is going to have to go to bail, hospital bills (if he doesn't have insurance) and a lawyer if this goes to trial.

                  Hopefully girlfriend and kids got the money.

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                    Posted: February 18, 2013, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

                    Hopefully girlfriend and kids got the money.

                    Why???  She had her kids at a house where Darryl and his other brother Darryl were going to be doing drugs.  You telling me she wouldn't have been doing it too if the house hadn't sploded?  Maybe that's why she sped off, because she was already high and didn't want to go to jail.

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                      Posted: February 18, 2013, 2:18 pm - IP Logged

                      Now this is the funiest sht ive read for the day ...

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                        Posted: February 18, 2013, 2:19 pm - IP Logged

                        Sounds like a scene from a Cheech and Chong movie.

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                          Posted: February 18, 2013, 2:22 pm - IP Logged

                          Sounds like a scene from a Cheech and Chong movie.

                          Green laugh

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                            Posted: February 18, 2013, 2:24 pm - IP Logged

                            How stupid & idiotic, he should have use the money to go too rehab so he could be a good dad to his kids.

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