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Georgia Lottery winner killed during home invasion

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Posted: January 22, 2016, 3:59 pm - IP Logged

It's is so sad when you can't tell anyone, not even your own family.... when you have a windfall.  However, it's for their own safety and yours.  I plan on arming myself; so just know that the story will be read the exact opposite. "Lottery Winner Kills Would Be Robbers"....WARNING TO ALL!

A perfect response to won of those interview questions they ask lotto winners- "what is the first thing you did when you found out you won"

Something like this should work"

"I applied for my concealed carry permit and bought a new 9mm"

boom  now you are not as much of an easy mark

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    Yes, I believe the man knew his killers and the girlfriend who ran out too. They knew he won that money and came to rob him.

    Also living in a rough neighborhood is not good and he should have moved after he won that money. So sad for him and he was

    just 20 years old.

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      Posted: January 22, 2016, 6:56 pm - IP Logged

      Yes, I believe the man knew his killers and the girlfriend who ran out too. They knew he won that money and came to rob him.

      Also living in a rough neighborhood is not good and he should have moved after he won that money. So sad for him and he was

      just 20 years old.

      And you personally have information the rest of us don't have access to? Or maybe like a few other poster's on here your comments are just conjecture.

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        True statement.  Ga is very friendly to gun owners.   I seriously think every winner that has to do a press conference ought to show up in a NRA shirt and hat.   winners are now "easy marks" for the bad guys.  This man's death was caused by people who knew he had won money ( could have been strangers that saw his picture on the lottery winners page)robbed and killed him.  This is as plain as day. This is not as one moronic comment upthread put it " a drug deal gone bad."     Winners should be able to claim anonymously.  Period.

        You have a seriously low IQ if you think that showing up in an NRA shirt and hat is going to somehow deter criminals. It never occurred to you that maybe just maybe criminals might assume that anyone could have a gun and just take a chance and rob you anyway? I don't think it is too much to assume that a young black guy in Georgia might have a gun. 

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          "Don't do it in front of my kids"

          A Fitzgerald, Georgia, man who recently won a nearly half-million dollar Georgia lottery jackpot was murdered overnight Thursday during a home invasion robbery.

          20-year-old Craigory Burch, Jr died from gunshot wounds  at a home on Stubbs Avenue.   

          Burch won a $434,272 Fantasy 5 jackpot in November 2015. 

          GBI agents spent the overnight hours collecting evidence from the home.

          Officials say Jasmine Hendricks, Burch's girlfriend, was in the home at the time and ran for help. 

          Three masked robbers blasted open the door with a shotgun and held Burch at gunpoint, demanding his money and wallet, she said.

          "When they came in, he said, 'Don't do it bro. Don't do it in front of my kids. Please don't do it in front of my kids and old lady,'" she told the local station. "He said I'll give you my bank card."

          Burch then threw his pants to the robbers, who rummaged through the clothes to find his wallet. When the search came up short, the three shot and killed him before fleeing. 

          Right now there is no word on any suspects.

          Burch, a forklift driver, bought his winning ticket on Nov. 29 from a gas station and won the $434,272 jackpot prize.

          "My right eye and hand had jumped for the past two weeks," Burch explained in December, saying he had a feeling this was a lucky ticket.

          "I knew that I would come into money."

          His friends said he used his winnings to help buy Christmas presents for people in need. His mother, Leslie Collins, gave a tearful message to the thieves behind the slaying on Thursday: 

          "I want them to know what they took from me. They took a part of my life away from me."

          If you have any information about the murder contact the Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office at 229-426-5161.

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          Since it was three masked robbers, it tell me a few thing he know his murderers.  When it was over he could recognize their voices. Therefore when the children get over this trauma. When they got more stable after this crisis the children will recognize a couple of the voices too. If any one of the robbers hang around a lot or visited them a lot before this happen. After the fear, the children will recognize  where & when they heard these voices plus put a face to them. It over for them.

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            Posted: January 22, 2016, 8:18 pm - IP Logged

            Lets bang out some rough numbers here.  These three people have to be hunted down and found...how much is that going to cost?

            If they do get caught they will get life in prison.  Assuming  they are 25 and they live to 75 then that is 3 * 50 or 150 years in prison.

            Assuming it costs 40,000/year to keep them in prison that is $6 million dollars.

            So we are roughly talking about more than $6,000,000 the taxpayers of Georgia will have to pay that they probably wouldn't have had to pay if this guy did not have to release his name.

            Not to mention that people may buy less lottery tickets when they associate murder with winning a jackpot and having to give your name.

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              Lets bang out some rough numbers here.  These three people have to be hunted down and found...how much is that going to cost?

              If they do get caught they will get life in prison.  Assuming  they are 25 and they live to 75 then that is 3 * 50 or 150 years in prison.

              Assuming it costs 40,000/year to keep them in prison that is $6 million dollars.

              So we are roughly talking about more than $6,000,000 the taxpayers of Georgia will have to pay that they probably wouldn't have had to pay if this guy did not have to release his name.

              Not to mention that people may buy less lottery tickets when they associate murder with winning a jackpot and having to give your name.

              There you go Think...thinking againLOL

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                Posted: January 22, 2016, 8:29 pm - IP Logged

                I looked up Ga gun laws, and it seems a  good place to get and own guns, with stand your ground rights in effect. with such decent self defence rights avail  I  would think getting a gun and being familiar with the operation of it and safe handling, would be a top of the list priority after winning a lottery.

                savagegoose,

                In the late 1970s crime was pretty bad in De Kalb County, GA. The sheriff at the time told the residents there were simply not enough cops to protect them and a law was passed that every county resident legally qualified to do so should buy a gun.

                In a very short time crime dropped over 70%.

                Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                Lep

                There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                  True statement.  Ga is very friendly to gun owners.   I seriously think every winner that has to do a press conference ought to show up in a NRA shirt and hat.   winners are now "easy marks" for the bad guys.  This man's death was caused by people who knew he had won money ( could have been strangers that saw his picture on the lottery winners page)robbed and killed him.  This is as plain as day. This is not as one moronic comment upthread put it " a drug deal gone bad."     Winners should be able to claim anonymously.  Period.

                  Patriot

                  I suspect there are criminals who watch the lottery winning press conferences every day, looking for "marks."  These are carrier criminals.  It's their "job" to find you and take what you have.  That's why if you win, you have to understand quite clearly that your life as you know it is over.  Period.  Move into a hotel, immediately (preferably near a police station).  Throw your phone into the garbage and get a new number.  Hire security or buy a gun.  And then hire someone to go to your home and put everything into storage.  Your job is to make yourself look as less of a "mark" as possible.

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                    Posted: January 23, 2016, 6:03 am - IP Logged

                    You have a seriously low IQ if you think that showing up in an NRA shirt and hat is going to somehow deter criminals. It never occurred to you that maybe just maybe criminals might assume that anyone could have a gun and just take a chance and rob you anyway? I don't think it is too much to assume that a young black guy in Georgia might have a gun. 

                    Wrong, wrong, wrong.  Criminals assume that you don't have a gun, which is why they're so brave.  In most cases, they're right.  I grew up with criminals, by the way.  If you look like you might fight back, you get passed by.  It's as simple as that.

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                      There you go Think...thinking againLOL

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                        Patriot

                        I suspect there are criminals who watch the lottery winning press conferences every day, looking for "marks."  These are carrier criminals.  It's their "job" to find you and take what you have.  That's why if you win, you have to understand quite clearly that your life as you know it is over.  Period.  Move into a hotel, immediately (preferably near a police station).  Throw your phone into the garbage and get a new number.  Hire security or buy a gun.  And then hire someone to go to your home and put everything into storage.  Your job is to make yourself look as less of a "mark" as possible.

                        I Agree!  Such a sad story.  I know people mourn differently but I would be in tears if that was my boyfriend/husband.  His girlfriend was on auto-play.  You're going to break down a door, kill a man and only want what's in his pants pockets? Sounds suspect.  Who knows.

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                          Posted: January 23, 2016, 9:15 am - IP Logged

                          Such a sad story...yes if you have a dream no matter how young or old you are..your dreams can come at anytime...after your dream has came true..you should always have your next step in mind...

                          2016 is about done let's go into 2017 with more $$$$$ in our banks.

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                            Wrong, wrong, wrong.  Criminals assume that you don't have a gun, which is why they're so brave.  In most cases, they're right.  I grew up with criminals, by the way.  If you look like you might fight back, you get passed by.  It's as simple as that.

                            That is exactly right.  Criminals look for the area of least resistance.  Meaning they look for who is not armed.  There is a huge problem with violence and robberies on the GA tech campus in downtown Atlanta.  Why? Because the criminals know these kids are unarmed ( per campus rules) and are carrying expensive laptops and other equipment.  This wouldn't be a problem anymore if the students were allowed to carry weapons on campus.  Winners need to protect themselves.   Holding up that winners check and having your photo plastered on the lottery's website is like being one of the kids at Tech walking around with a $3000 laptop.  You might as well post a sign that says "rob and murder me" 

                            there have been too many cases like this    I suspect that we are getting close to the tipping point where folks will not play the lottery as much if they fear for their safety   States will have to allow for anonymous claims going forward

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                              Posted: January 23, 2016, 6:21 pm - IP Logged

                              It's is so sad when you can't tell anyone, not even your own family.... when you have a windfall.  However, it's for their own safety and yours.  I plan on arming myself; so just know that the story will be read the exact opposite. "Lottery Winner Kills Would Be Robbers"....WARNING TO ALL!

                              Excellent!  We all need to protect ourselves if we win or not.