FITZGERALD, GEORGIA – A man who recently won a nearly half-million dollar lottery jackpot was killed overnight Thursday during a home invasion robbery, investigators confirmed.
According to report, the 20-year-old forklift operator who won the lottery ($434,272 Fantasy 5 jackpot), Craigory Burch, Jr. died from gunshot wounds at a home on Stubbs Avenue.
Investigators said Burch’s girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, was in the home at the time of invasion and ran for help. A shotgun blast blew open the door and three masked, armed men ran in, she said.
“When they came in, he said, ‘don’t do it bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids. Please don’t do it in front of my kids and old lady. Please don’t. He said I’ll give you my bank card,” Hendricks recalled. That’s when Burch threw his pants to the robbers, who looked for but couldn’t find his wallet. Then they shot and killed him before running away.
Authorities are currently investigating people and following leads, but they have still not named persons of interests or suspects in this case.
Friends of Burch said that he had recently used some of his winnings to buy Christmas presents for people in need.