A Georgia man who recently won a nearly half-million dollar lottery jackpot was shot and killed during a home invasion, investigators said.
Craigory Burch Jr., 20, won a $434,272 Fantasy 5 jackpot in November 2015, WALB reported. He was in his Fitzgerald, Georgia, home with his girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, and his children on Jan. 21 when three masked, armed men blasted through the door with a shotgun.
“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 do that bro. Please don't,’” Hendricks told WALB. “He said ‘I'll give you my bank card.’”
Burch reportedly threw his pants at the robbers, but they couldn’t find his wallet. The robbers then shot and killed him before fleeing the scene.
“I want them to know what they took from me,” Leslie Collins, Burch’s mother, said. “They took a part of my life away from me. My child that I carried and raised for 20 years.”
Police are currently following leads and interviewing people but have not released the names of any persons of interests or suspects in the case.
Burch, who worked as a forklift driver, said he was shocked when he won the lottery.
“I knew that I would come into money,” he said at the time, according to a Georgia Lottery news release obtained by the Washington Times.
I couldn’t believe it at first," Burch added. "I was stunned. I’m still overwhelmed.”
Friends of Burch said he used some of his jackpot winnings to buy Christmas presents for the less fortunate.