Mystery as Lottery winner who landed huge jackpot found dead in river

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A lottery winner who scooped $2 million [£1.4m] has been found dead in a river.

Leroy N. Fick, who also starred in TLC show Lottery Changed My Life, was discovered in the Tittabawassee River in Michigan, the US, on Saturday, June 5.

The 69-year-old became a millionaire following his lottery win back in 2010 but had fallen on hard times in recent years.

Midland Police say his death does not appear suspicious but his cause of death is yet to be disclosed.

Fick, whose hometown is Auborn in Michigan, won the lottery but splashed the cash quite considerably in just two years.

According to, Flick spent $200,000 [£141,700] on demolishing his home and building a new home on the same land. He also purchased a Chevrolet Camaro and spent about [£141,700] in annuities.

The rest of the cash was spent on investments and fireworks, which saw Fick charged with three misdemeanour counts of possession of illegal fireworks in 2012.

Speaking to a judge in 2012, Fick said: "The whole thing just blew up in my face," as he was sentenced to 45 days in jail for drug charges.

"I thought people would love me if I helped them out some. I had the wrong idea, I guess," regarding how he spent the money.

"They all turned on me and that was it."

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Fick reached out for help and later asked for government assistance.

He and other Michigan lottery winner Amanda Clayton both prompted Michigan law changes regarding government assistance going to lottery winners.

The changes to law meant it was a requirement for the Michigan Lottery to report the information of all winners of a jackpot over $1,000 to the Department of Human Services.

The data would then help the department to determine if the winner is eligible for assistance.

  • National Lottery

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