Origins: Those who dream of hitting it big on the lottery usually picture themselves as living the life of Riley in the wake of the big win. They imagine themselves basking in luxury and pleasure. They don't imagine themselves meeting the fate that befell one 2004 winner.
On 22 January 2004, a man who won $73,450 in an Indiana lottery game taped for television died scant hours later when 73-year-old Carl Atwood of Elwood, Indiana, was knocked down by a truck and expired shortly thereafter in an Indianapolis hospital.
That evening he had been walking to the grocery store that had sold him a winning ticket when a pickup truck rounded a corner and struck him. (The store was located one block from his home.) "It was at an unlighted intersection, and
The unlucky septuagenarian had just come out on top in a
Upon being awarded the money, Mr. Atwood had said: "I am very thankful. I must admit that I never expected to be leaving the show with this amount of money. Now I can purchase a very nice car."
Atwood would have been among winning players invited back to the program to compete for a
Carl Atwood was not the first lottery winner to expire shortly after coming into his fortune. In September 1990, 37-year-old William Curry of Boston died of a heart attack two weeks after hitting a
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Originally published: 29 January 2004
Last updated: 12 January 2016
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