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North Carolina Lottery winner of $10 million sentenced to life in prison for murder
By Kate Northrop A North Carolina Lottery winner who won a $10 million prize in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murder. In 2017, Michael Todd Hill, 54, struck it big after winning $10 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket. After having been charged with the murder of 23-year-old Keonna Graham in 2020, he has now been handed a life sentence in prison. Hill, of Leland, worked in a nuclear plant in 2017 when he hit millions on an Ultimate Millions
Jun 1, 2022, 6:29 am - Lottery News

Convicted murderer Dee Dee Moore in support of anonymous lottery claims in Florida
Moore says having lottery winners' identities revealed puts a target on them By Kate Northrop The woman who was convicted for killing Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare said in a phone interview that she supports anonymous prize claims as a measure to protect lottery winners from harm. Dee Dee Moore, now 49, was found guilty of first-degree murder and possessing and discharging a firearm on Dec. 10, 2012 after prosecutors argued that she swindled and then killed Shakespeare
Mar 2, 2022, 5:54 pm - Lottery News

Michigan man found dead with winning lottery ticket in his wallet
Winner was unable to cash ticket before he died By Kate Northrop A Michigan man who was found dead on a private beach never got the chance to cash his winning ticket worth $45,000. Gregory Jarvis, 57, of Caseville, Michigan was discovered dead Friday morning along the Saginaw Bay in Caseville with a winning lottery ticket still safely tucked away in his wallet. Jarvis was a frequent customer at the Blue Water Inn in Caseville. The owner of the establishment, Dawn Talaski, described h
Sep 29, 2021, 6:22 pm - Lottery News

£27 million EuroMillions lottery winner found dead at home
Millionaire with serious illness said that winning the lottery destroyed her life By Kate Northrop A lottery winner of a 27 million (US$37.4 million) EuroMillions jackpot was found dead in her bungalow on Thursday. After winning millions in the Ireland National Lottery in 2013, Margaret Loughrey, then 48, instantly went from being poor, unemployed and struggling to one of the nation's richest individuals. She had just completed her dream home when she was discovered dead this week. E
Sep 13, 2021, 8:40 am - Lottery News

Lottery winner found dead in Michigan river
By Kate Northrop The body of a Michigan lottery winner was discovered by Midland police floating in a river over the weekend. 69-year-old Leroy Fick, of Auburn, was found dead right before 10:30 am on Sat., Jun. 5 in the Tittabawassee River. In June 2010, Fick won $2 million in Michigan's Make Me Rich! Lottery and received a lump sum of about $850,000. He sparked controversy when he admitted to collecting food stamps 11 months after the win. If you're going to try to make me feel ba
Jun 10, 2021, 1:52 pm - Lottery News

Ohio man accused of killing lottery winner found not guilty
Identity of true murderer still a mystery two years after the deadly encounter By Kate Northrop A jury's decision to acquit a former suspect of the murder of a player who had just won $50,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket was made public yesterday. Michael Ward Jr., 19, was found not guilty of the murder of his cousin Isaac Carson Jr., a father of two, a barber who worked at Professional Cutters in Euclid, and an aspiring R B singer who participated in local American Idol auditions.
Oct 20, 2020, 1:51 pm - Lottery News

NC man who won $10 million in lottery charged with murder
Includes video report Motive behind killing unknown By Kate Northrop Three years ago, Michael Todd Hill, 52, struck it big after winning $10 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket. Now, he is being charged with the murder of a 23-year-old woman, Keonna Graham. Back in 2017, Hill, of Leland, North Carolina, worked in a nuclear plant. A dedicated scratch-off player, he frequented the Maco Depot convenience store and bought the fateful Ultimate Millions scratch-off ticket. His life l
Jul 23, 2020, 3:43 pm - Lottery News

Powerball lottery winner Andrew "Jack" Whittaker dies at 72
Won record-breaking jackpot, then suffered unprecedented string of bad luck By Kate Northrop Andrew Jack Whittaker, a Powerball player infamous for the string of bad luck following his record-breaking jackpot win, died at the age of 72 on Saturday, June 27 after battling a long illness, according to his obituary. In December 2002, Whittaker, 55, won the $315 million Powerball Jackpot in West Virginia, the largest-ever jackpot won by a single ticket at the time. He was well-known as some
Jul 2, 2020, 12:56 pm - Lottery News

Pennsylvania woman wins $1 million from scratch-off ticket following husband's recent death
Life-changing win comes as a comfort in difficult times By Kate Northrop After a Pennsylvania woman suffered the tragic loss of her husband, her life took another unexpected turn when she won $1 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket. Charity Stivason's husband, Travis, suddenly passed away from a brain aneurysm on October 29 at only 47 years old. Her big lottery win a few months later would not replace her loss, but did provide some rare comfort to her life. Stivason of Leechburg
May 20, 2020, 9:47 am - Lottery News

EuroMillions £161 million lottery jackpot winner Colin Weir dies aged 71
Colin Weir, winner of the 161 million EuroMillions jackpot in what was Europe's biggest lottery prize, has died at the age of 71 after a short illness. At the time, the jackpot was worth $260.5 million in US dollars. Weir and his then wife, Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, claimed the entire EuroMillions jackpot 161,653,000 in the summer of 2011. A spokeswoman for Weir's lawyers said, It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Colin Weir early today after a short illness.
Dec 29, 2019, 8:02 pm - Lottery News

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