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 forum
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 forum
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 forum
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 forum
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 forum
Texas lottery winner battled Alzheimer's as daughter stole $250,000
Not long after Austin widow Billie Lawler matched all five numbers in the Mega Millions in 2005, her health began to erode along with her $750,000 prize.
She hoped to live out the balance of her life at a high-end Alzheimer's care facility, but was evicted after about a year when she no longer could make the $5,000 monthly rent, prompting a court-ordered investigation that revealed her daughter had burned through her mom's money a crime against the elderly that prosecutors and judges say is c ...
Jun 3, 2018, 4:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Hundreds expected at funeral of 'Lotto Angel' who gave away most of $10 million jackpot
Within an hour of winning the UK National Lottery jackpot, Barbara Wragg had already told husband Ray how she wanted to spend her winnings: give it to those in need.
For the next 18 years, she was as good as her word.
This former hospital worker who died last week gave away an astonishing 5.5 million (US$7.3 million) of her 7.6 million (US$10.1 million) windfall. Hundreds of individuals benefited from her generosity. In her home city of Sheffield, she became known as the Lotto Angel.
Jun 1, 2018, 1:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner shoots self after losing winning tickets
A lottery winner shot himself dead after he won more than $1.3 million but then lost his winning lottery tickets.
Jirawut Pongphan, 42, gathered family and friends to his house to celebrate winning a life-changing jackpot.
But he woke the next day to find his tickets gone, leaving him unable to claim his winnings.
Jirawut, from Chonburi province in eastern Thailand, had seven tickets with the winning numbers and thought he would be rich beyond his wildest dreams but his excitement was s ...
Feb 8, 2018, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum
NY man dies weeks after winning $1 million lottery jackpot
Earlier this month, Donald Savastano won a $1 million New York Lottery scratch-off game and he was making plans.
Being a self-employed carpenter, I didn't really have a plan for retirement, Savastano told the New York Lottery in an interview. The money will help with that.... I'll buy a new truck, pay off some debt and invest for the future.
Just three weeks after he won, Savastano, 51, who grew up on Long Island, died of cancer.
Savastano recently had been diagnosed with stage 4 canc ...
Jan 29, 2018, 3:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner's cyanide poisoning death remains unsolved five years later
Urooj Khan couldn't believe his luck in spring 2012 when he scratched off a second lottery ticket at a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago's Far North Side and realized he had won $1 million.
When he accepted an oversized promotional check from Illinois Lottery representatives with his wife and teenage daughter at his side, he spoke of how his winnings would help him grow his dry-cleaning business.
But weeks later, before he had collected the actual winnings, Khan died unexpectedly at 46.
Jul 25, 2017, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum