Winner of $30m lotto 'disappears'
Published 07/01/2010 | 05:00
In 2006, Abraham Shakespeare (right) won $30m (€21m) in the Florida lottery. But his fortune may have cost him his life.
Shakespeare vanished months ago. His mother hopes he is somewhere enjoying the good life. The sheriff believes Shakespeare was killed.
Shakespeare (43) had a criminal record that included arrests and prison time for burglary, battery and not paying child support.
A former co-worker sued him in 2007, accusing Shakespeare of stealing the winning ticket from him. A jury ruled the ticket was Shakespeare's.
Not long after he bought a million-dollar home, he was approached by a woman named Dee Dee Moore -- who said she was interested in writing a book about Shakespeare's life.
The sheriff said the last time anyone saw Shakespeare was in April -- but it wasn't until November 9 that he was reported missing. And the story gets more bizarre. On December 5, a sobbing Moore said she helped Shakespeare disappear, but now wants him to return.
Moore said she filed paperwork to take over five mortgages totalling about $370,000 that had been owed to Shakespeare.
Sheriff's officials won't comment on Moore's involvement in Shakespeare's life.
The sheriff said the fact that he didn't call his mother on Christmas reinforces the theory that Shakespeare is not just hiding.