Friend charged with hiding lottery winner's death
Just over a week ago, a friend of a missing Florida lottery winner approached an acquaintance with a chilling request, according to detectives: Dig up the body of the dead man in her backyard.
That woman, Dorice DeeDee Moore, was charged Tuesday with trying to conceal the slaying of the man who disappeared after winning millions. The dead man, Abraham Shakespeare, was last seen in April more than two years after he took a lump-sum payment of $17 million on a $30 million jackpot.
Moore has ...
Feb 3, 2010, 10:10 am - Lottery News forum
Remains are that of missing lottery winner
Cause of death not yet determined
A body found Thursday in Plant City is that of missing Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare of Lakeland, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office confirmed yesterday.
The body was identified through fingerprints, said Debbie Carter, Hillsborough County Sheriff spokeswoman.
The cause of death has not been determined at this time, and we do not anticipate having a cause of death until Monday, she said. The detectives have completed the search at 58 ...
Jan 30, 2010, 8:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Police: Fla. Lotto winner buried under concrete
Human remains found buried under recently added concrete at a home in Plant City, Florida, are likely those of missing lottery millionaire Abraham Shakespeare, police said Thursday.
Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said the body was slowly being uncovered. They are awaiting positive identification.
However, Gee said their investigation and information specifically led them to the area after they began to believe he might be dead because of sinister means and motives.
Our indicati ...
Jan 28, 2010, 10:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman killed by car after celebrating lottery win
A woman died after being struck by a car while walking along U.S. 6 on Tuesday night.
The crash occurred just west of Ohio 269 shortly before 10 p.m.
Early this morning, the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Deborah McDonald, 47, Crystal Rock. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sgt. Joe Wentworth said a Chevrolet Impala traveling west hit McDonald as she walked in the same direction.
He did not know why she was walking along the highway and sa ...
Jan 28, 2010, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Investigators dig for evidence in missing Florida Lottery winner case
Investigators assembled at a Plant City, Fla., home, to look for evidence that the dramatic saga of a missing lottery winner ended in his murder.
Law enforcement officials from Hillsborough and Polk counties converged on two neighboring yards along Highway 60 near Farkas Road, just west of Turkey Creek Road.
Detectives with metal detectors are combing the scene, looking for evidence in connection with the case of long-missing lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare.
The dig marks yet another t ...
Jan 27, 2010, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida sheriff fears lottery winner murdered
A truck driver's assistant who won $16.9 million in the Florida lottery in 2006 is feared dead after not being seen by friends or relatives since April. Abraham Lee Shakespeare, 43, was reported missing by a police informant in November.
There are a lot of odd and bizarre circumstances in this case, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. We fear and are preparing for the worst. We're working this case as if it were a homicide.
Donna Wood, public information officer for the Polk County Sher ...
Jan 6, 2010, 5:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Sharon Sharp, 1939-2009: Former lottery director of Illinois, California
She was the GOP candidate for Illinois secretary of state in 1978
Sharon Sharp, whose accidental entry into politics started with a $10 loan from Donald Rumsfeld, ran for Illinois secretary of state in the late 1970s and was the state's lottery director under Gov. Jim Thompson.
Mrs. Sharp, 69, died of lung cancer Sunday, July 5, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said her son, Christopher Kip Sharp. She lived on the city's Gold Coast.
Mrs. Sharp had held posts in the Elk Grove Township ...
Jul 7, 2009, 1:44 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball winner's daughter found dead in home
The 42-year-old daughter of Powerball winner Jack Whittaker has been found dead in her Raleigh County, West Virginia, home.
Raleigh County Sheriff's Deputy D.E. Stafford says the body of Ginger Whittaker Bragg was found Sunday afternoon in Daniels.
Stafford said in a statement Monday that no foul play is suspected. He says the body has been sent to the state Medical Examiner's office.
Jack Whittaker became an instant celebrity on Christmas Day 2002 when he won a nearly $315 million Powe ...
Jul 7, 2009, 12:41 am - Lottery News forum
D.C. lottery ticket wins $144M Powerball jackpot
One lottery ticket sold in Washington, D.C. matched all 6 numbers in the Wednesday evening Powerball drawing, and is now worth $144 million to the lucky ticket-holder.
The holder of the winning ticket will now have to decide whether to take the 29-year, 30-installment annuity, or the one time cash lump sum amount of $79,681,116.
There were a total of 903,448 additional winning tickets in America's Game Wednesday evening. Those tickets won prizes totaling $8,450,412.
The numbers drawn We ...
Apr 9, 2009, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Conn. man's last lotto ticket wins $10M for widow
On the day that Donald Peters died, he unknowingly provided financial security for his wife of 59 years and their family.
Peters bought two Connecticut Lottery tickets at a local 7-Eleven store on Nov. 1 as part of a 20-year tradition he shared with his wife Charlotte. Later that day, the 79-year-old retired hat factory worker suffered a fatal heart attack while working in his yard in Danbury.
On Friday, his widow cashed in one of the tickets: a $10 million winner which, in her grief over ...
Jan 4, 2009, 10:17 am - Lottery News forum