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Michigan lottery winner found dead; drugs likely involved

A woman who won the lottery in Michigan is shown holding her jackpot check for $1 million.
September 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Michigan lottery winner, who was put on probation for taking food stamps even after her win, has died.

The woman's body was found Saturday morning, on a bed holding her 1-year-old daughter.

Police say it looks to be a drug overdose and according to her friends, it likely stemmed from the fame and torment she received after winning the $1 million jackpot.

"So many people tried to take advantage of her, act like they are her friends just to get some money from her. What's the point of having money if you're not going to have happiness? All the money in the world can't bring her back," said one friend.

That friend also said the woman did not want the money anymore and started buying things for her family. She even set up college funds for her children.

By the time of her death, she only had $67,000 of her winnings left.


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