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Lottery winner dies in crash

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An Oregon woman was killed in a Salem car crash last week after winning the lottery just a few days earlier.

Shirley Randall, 59, of Gladstone, had turned in a winning Keno ticket at the Oregon Lottery office Nov. 22, the day she died.  Police found the check for $10,632.88 in her purse.

Randall was hit and killed when a UniFirst delivery van, driving westbound on Mission Street SE, crashed into the driver's side of her Pontiac Firebird as she tried to turn from Airport Road SE onto Mission.

Officials said that Randall likely was headed home from the Oregon Lottery office, which is less than a mile from the crash site.

Randall won the money Nov. 19 at Pete's Place on State Street in downtown Salem, said Chuck Baumann, a spokesman for the Oregon Lottery.  She selected seven numbers that popped up in a Keno game.

Salem police Sgt. Russ Morris said the check is in an evidence room at the police department and will be released to the executor of Randall's will.

The crash remains under investigation.  Investigators' reconstruction revealed that Randall had a green light and the delivery van had a red light but that the van was not speeding.

The van's driver, David Sprenger of Battle Ground, Wash., has not been charged or cited, Morris said.

"We are waiting for a toxicology report to come back; then we'll talk to the district attorney about charges," Morris said.

Gary Sisson, a general manager for UniFirst in Portland, said that he couldn't comment on Sprenger's employment status.

"We are cooperating with police regarding the investigation," he said.  "We are very saddened by the accident, and our thoughts go out to the family."

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urbossmanpimpin's avatar - batman49
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Posted: December 1, 2004, 12:01 pm - IP Logged

well I'll be.........She had the check in her purse! didn't even make it to the bank.  That is my biggest fear. To finally win and die on the way to the bank before you even get to spend any of it.

    whodeani's avatar - lightening

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    Posted: December 1, 2004, 1:23 pm - IP Logged

    This is also my biggest fear. My ship finally comes in and it sinks. Didn't Alanis Morissette write a song about this???? I do feel terrible for this woman.

      Lurk More N00b's avatar - ummm
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      Posted: December 1, 2004, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

      You could attach a story about a litter of flaming puppies thrown into a river in a weighted sack, and it couldn't be much sadder than it already is.

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        Posted: December 1, 2004, 5:02 pm - IP Logged

        Wow...makes me wonder what kind of fears I would get if I won the big one...fear of flying, would be up in the top five....but then I think of all the sports teams that fly, without so much as a scratch ,,,oh well untill that time, somebody give me an airline ticket....

        "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

          Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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          Posted: December 1, 2004, 6:00 pm - IP Logged

          RIP Shirley Randall

            LOTTOMIKE's avatar - cash money.jpg
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            Posted: December 1, 2004, 9:00 pm - IP Logged

            fate has a way of doing funny things sometimes right when you think your absolutely on top of the world bad karma deals rears its ugly head..

              four4me's avatar - gate1
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              Posted: December 1, 2004, 9:15 pm - IP Logged

              A guy i worked with played 789 every day for 20 dollars straight over a year went by. One night while his family was in the kitchen eating. The old man was in the living room in front of the tv eating he didn't want to miss the drawing. His family found him holding the tickets in his hand fan style. he had a massive heart attack. His number came out straight 789 the doctor said a combination of his bad heart and the excitement of winning drove his blood preasure to the roof. 10 grand was just enought to bury the poor guy.

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                Posted: December 1, 2004, 9:25 pm - IP Logged

                wow.four4me i had a similar experience only i didn't have a heart attack,i was excited though,when the tennessee lottery started back in march i played 486 for ten dollars every day and after 4 months it hit....

                  four4me's avatar - gate1
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                  Posted: December 1, 2004, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

                  Yea it's sad when that happens. My wife said for me not to watch the drawings by myself in case somthing like that might happen to me. I told her i think i'd call 911 if i win 20 grand or more. And ask em to bring me  bottle of O2  LOL

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                    Posted: December 2, 2004, 10:34 pm - IP Logged

                    yeah when you win big amounts it gets a lil scary because your adrenalin starts going crazy and it tends to make your chest beat a lil fast...i don't know how i'd react if i won a powerball jackpot but i do know that there would be a small chance of me needing to sit down and take it easy and i'm only 30 but i do get excited over things like that....


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                      Posted: December 6, 2004, 4:34 pm - IP Logged

                      Well, I'm 41.

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                        Posted: December 7, 2004, 8:39 am - IP Logged

                        I hate to be the one to say it folks, but if your playing lotto and money is all you have or want your existance is sad alone. Death may not be a great thing but for a believer is not the end, merely a new start. I already know what your gooing to say, not like I haven't heard it before but everyone has free will, no one wants to be poor. Yes, I play, win or lose there is something better than lotto.

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                          Posted: December 8, 2004, 1:14 am - IP Logged

                          Death is a great thing. Suffering is not. I believe in life after death.

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                            Posted: December 8, 2004, 5:39 pm - IP Logged

                            Suffering is the same category as poverty, the no one wants it category.