Lottery winner's death was blamed on natural causes — until a relative raised questions
Urooj Khan had sworn off playing the lottery after he took an Islamic pilgrimage to the Middle East in 2010, but as he stood in a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago's Far North Side this summer, he lost his will for a moment, handing over $60 to buy two instant-game tickets.
After scratching off the second ticket, he leaped in the air, shouting over and over again, I hit a million!
When Khan, 46, accepted an oversized check from Illinois Lottery representatives days later at the same store ...
Jan 7, 2013, 9:38 am - Lottery News forum
Woman found guilty of murder in lottery winner's death
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A Florida woman was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the slaying of a lottery winner in central Florida.
Dorice Dee Dee Moore showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Judge Emmett Battles sentenced her to mandatory life without parole for the murder and an additional minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years for using a gun in the commission of a felony.
Battles called Moore the most manipulative person he had ever seen, describing her as cold, calculating ...
Dec 11, 2012, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Trial begins for man linked to double-murder by lottery tickets
A Chicago man accused of fatally shooting a cashier and customer inside a Southwest Side convenience store in 2005 almost got away with it, but a trail that started with lottery tickets he'd purchased moments before the killings ultimately led police to him, prosecutors said Tuesday as the man's double-murder trial got underway.
Timothy Fountain, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the August 2005 shooting deaths of clerk Graciela Rodriguez, 37, and Nicholas Guerrero, ...
Oct 24, 2012, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum
Mich. lottery winner who kept collecting welfare found dead
A Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who won $1 million in the Michigan Lottery and was later convicted for still collecting state welfare died Saturday from an apparent drug overdose.
Ecorse Police confirmed Saturday afternoon that Amanda Clayton, of Lincoln Park, was found dead at a residence on Sunnyside Street at 9 a.m.
Shortly after winning the lottery in March, Clayton's story garnered national media attention when she revealed she was still collecting $5,500 from the state in food aid an ...
Sep 29, 2012, 10:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan couple killed after lottery win
Police in Michigan are investigating the stabbing death of a couple, and family members believe they were killed over a winning lottery ticket.
I just ask that if anybody know anything, just please. Because they didn't deserve this, my daddy helped the community. He would have done anything for anybody. They could just have got the ticket and left them alive, said the victims' daughter Tierra Evans.
Evans believes a winning ticket proved unlucky for her parents William and Brenda.
May 16, 2012, 1:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Court settles estate of Vancouver man who ran lottery ticket reselling firm
Almost four years after his death, the $20 million estate of Vancouver businessman Randy Thiemer has finally been wrapped up in court.
Thiemer started a company named Can Win, which resold Canadian lottery tickets to foreigners.
He got the idea after seeing an ad in a Vancouver newspaper offering Irish Sweepstakes tickets.
It started at his kitchen table and progressed to a $100-million-a-year business, recalled Vito Nardulli, who worked for almost 25 years for Thiemer and was former v ...
May 7, 2012, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
Woman accused of killing Florida lottery winner sued by victim's estate
The estate of slain Lakeland, Florida, lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare has filed another lawsuit against the woman accused of killing him.
The latest lawsuit, filed last week in Tampa's courthouse, accuses Dorice DeeDee Moore of taking more than $1 million from Shakespeare.
The estate is seeking 121 items, including many pieces of jewelry, a Rolex watch, six computers and two cameras.
The valuables were seized by Hillsborough County deputies during the investigation into Shakespeare' ...
Oct 14, 2011, 5:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Canadian woman who gave away lotto winnings dies
A central Nova Scotia woman known for donating nearly all of a huge lotto jackpot died last weekend.
Violet Large, who suffered from cancer, died Saturday morning at a hospital in Lower Truro, according to an online obituary posted by a funeral home. She was 79.
Large and her husband of 37 years, Allen Large, cashed in a winning Lotto 649 ticket last summer and collected $11.2 million. They went on to give most of it away to relatives, friends, charities, hospitals, schools, churches and f ...
Jul 19, 2011, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Store owner killed for $3 of lottery tickets
Felony murder charges have been filed against a man accused in the dragging death of a northern New Jersey gas station owner, who authorities say was killed over the alleged theft of a few dollars worth of lottery tickets.
Bail was set Sunday at $750,000 for 34-year-old Ronnie Fedo of Lake Hopatcong. He's also charged with aggravated manslaughter, death by auto, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and robbery in connection with Saturday afternoon's incident in Jefferson Townsh ...
Jun 27, 2011, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner faces murder trial in Detroit landlord's death
Witnesses: Father shot Australian in dispute over daughter's rent
A Michigan Lottery millionaire was ordered on Thursday to stand trial for first-degree premeditated murder.
Freddie Young, 62, whose 13-member lottery club hit a $46.5 million Mega Millions jackpot in February, was bound over by 36th District Judge Patricia Jefferson on charges related to the May 7 slaying of his daughter's landlord in an alleged dispute over two months' unpaid rent.
Witnesses testified at a preliminary e ...
May 27, 2011, 2:12 pm - Lottery News forum