A winning Texas lottery ticket has put police on the trail of the suspect in a DeKalb County, Georgia, murder.
Police had been searching for Kelsey Ruth since the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 27-year old Tai Morgan, in her home on Canary Court on Tuesday.
DeKalb Police suspected Ruth fled to his home state of Texas so they sent wanted posters to television stations there.
At the same time those wanted posters with Ruth's picture and a shot of his car went out his mother was winning $3.4 million in the Texas state lottery.
In a strange twist of fate, a reporter who had studied one of the wanted posters was sent to interview Ruth's mother about her good fortune.
When he arrived at the house he recognized the car in the wanted poster and called police.
Officers arrived at the house and confirmed the car belongs to Ruth.
Investigators believe Ruth is now hiding in the Lubbock area and is armed and dangerous.
Lubbock Man Wanted For Murder In Georgia
Police say a man wanted for murder in Georgia could be hiding out in Lubbock.
Kelsey Lacarl Ruth, 32, is wanted for a murder that took place in the Atlanta area. DeKalb County, Georgia police say Ruth shot his ex-girlfriend, and the mother of his two children, Tai Morgan, in the head, then fled from her home. A repairman found the woman's body in her home Tuesday morning.
Police believe Ruth could be at his mother's house here in Lubbock.
A murder warrant has been issued for Ruth.
On Wednesday, KLBK-13 found Ruth's car, a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire, parked in front of his mother's house at 3418 East Baylor.
Investigators say Ruth was released from jail in October for domestic violence against Morgan.
Police now believe Ruth is heading to his mother's house. Ruth's mother, Brenda Mitchell, is one of six Lubbock women who recently won $36 million playing the Texas lottery. Last Friday, Mitchell collected a $3.48 million check in Austin.
Police think Ruth could be with Mitchell or somewhere else in Lubbock.
Ruth is a black male, 5-foot-10, and weighs around 140 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous.
If you recognize him or know anything about his whereabouts, call the Crimeline at 741-1000.