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Allen, N.C. lottery champion, dies
State Rep. Bernard Allen, who co-sponsored legislation to create North Carolina's lottery and then pushed for a committee to make sure the proceeds were wisely spent, died late Friday, a House aide said Saturday. Allen, D-Wake, appeared to have been recovering well from a mild stroke Sept. 23. But a blood clot entered his lung Friday night, killing him instantly, according to House administrative clerk Carmen Cauthen. He was 69 years old. Rep. Allen was a tireless advocate for his cons ...
Oct 18, 2006, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum

Woman sentenced to life in prison for slaying of lottery winner
A 23-year-old woman has been convicted of helping kidnap her lottery-winning brother-in-law and then executing the man, who was also her lover, with a shot to the head. Victoria Jackson was sentenced to life in prison immediately after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the July 2005 slaying of Jeffrey Dampier, an Illinois lottery winner turned Florida popcorn entrepreneur who was married to Jackson's sister. Prosecutors said Jackson and boyfriend Nathaniel Jackson, ...
Sep 22, 2006, 2:08 pm - Lottery News forum

Obituary: Richard Paulson, 62, Washington Lottery Spokesman
In his 13 years as spokesman for Washington's state lottery, Richard Paulson met a lot of newly minted millionaires. If he ever felt a stab of envy, he didn't let it show. I cannot honestly remember, in all the years I knew him, ever not seeing a smile on his face, said his longtime friend and associate Scott Janzen. One of Mr. Paulson's duties as public-relations manager was to prep winners to meet the media. A trucker who scored $14 million said he intended to keep his job because h ...
Apr 17, 2006, 2:33 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery millionaire Bud Post dies
William J. Bud Post, the Venango County man who won millions in the Pennsylvania Lottery and then endured a fortune's worth of troubles, has died.Post, 66, of 249 Grant St., Franklin, died Sunday morning at UPMC Northwest in Seneca.Post became a local celebrity and later gained nationwide notoriety after winning $16.2 million in the lottery in 1988. An extravagant spending spree followed, then Post's life began to unravel.His sixth wife moved out on him, his brother was convicted of trying to ...
Jan 17, 2006, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum

Woman killed moments after winning lottery prize
A Raynham, Massachusetts, woman was stuck and killed by an SUV earlier this week, just moments after winning a $100 lottery prize.Alice Costa carried a book of prayers in her head some for the sick, others for luck. She had one for just about every occasion.Without fail, the 74-year-old Raynham woman put the welfare of others before her own, family members said yesterday. But her guilty pleasure, which family members said she indulged almost every day, was playing the lottery.Tuesday evening, ...
Nov 28, 2005, 11:39 am - Lottery News forum

For lottery winners, trouble followed fortune
They won $65.4 million in the lottery, quit their jobs and bought big houses.Five years later, Virginia Metcalf Merida and Mack Metcalf are dead. Merida's son discovered her body inside her 5,000-square-foot home overlooking the Ohio River in suburban Cincinnati on Wednesday. Merida, 51, may have been dead for days, according to the Campbell County, Ky., Police Department, which is awaiting autopsy results.Campbell County Police Detective David Halfhill told The Cincinnati Post that there were n ...
Nov 28, 2005, 6:31 am - Lottery News forum

Powerball Lottery Winner Found Dead in Her Geodesic Dome
A woman who won a $65.4 million Powerball jackpot with her husband five years ago was found dead at her home overlooking the Ohio River, where she had apparently been for days before anyone found her, police said.Virginia Metcalf Merida's son discovered her body Wednesday. Police were awaiting autopsy and toxicology results before announcing a cause of death.When the woman and her husband, Mack Wayne Metcalf, won the jackpot, they told lottery officials they were going their separate ways to ful ...
Nov 28, 2005, 6:23 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner hangs self 7 years after collecting win
Seven years ago, Gerald Muswagon was all smiles as his troubled life took a fairy-tale turn when he won a $10 million lottery jackpot.On Sunday, Mr. Muswagon hanged himself in his parent's garage.It was a shocking end for a man who appeared to have the world at his fingertips, yet clearly never could grasp the instant fame and fortune he was handed through his lucky $2 Super 7 ticket. People are very upset, and this is all very surprising, said his cousin, Mike Muswagon. But he had been very d ...
Oct 5, 2005, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum

Jackpot lottery ticket: dying man's final gift
A woman who bought a lottery ticket at the urging of her dying father won almost $1 million the day he passed away.Yolanda Williams won the $979,440 prize after her father, Frank Reppa, sent her from his hospital room May 24 to go to a convenience store and buy a ticket. The two had always bought lottery tickets together. My father gave this to me, said Williams, 50, a retired custodian for the St. James City post office in Lee County on the Gulf Coast. 'It is a blessing and a gift. Williams tu ...
Jun 1, 2005, 7:12 pm - Lottery News forum

Powerball jackpot winner dies
Melvin Rhodes who won a big Powerball lottery jackpot four years ago has died in Maryville, Tennessee at 78.Rhodes was a part-time biscuit maker at a McDonald's in Clinton, Tennessee in April 2000 when he won the $80 million dollar jackpot on a ticket he bought in Kentucky.He lived his latter years in a mountaintop home overlooking Norris Lake.Melvin's son, Michael Rhodes, remembers the day of the big win. He come out there and said he'd won and I said, 'You're crazy, dad. You better go and che ...
Sep 29, 2004, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum