Life can be weird. One minute you win $10 million, and the next you get a life sentence. It’s the stuff of a Hollywood movie, but for 54-year-old lottery winner Michael Todd Hill, it’s a painful reality. The American, who previously worked in a nuclear power plant, said he plans to use his lottery winnings of more than $4,158,000 after taxes to pay bills and help his wife’s business. But it has and probably never will happen.

His then-girlfriend, Keonna Graham, 23, from Navassa, was reported missing on 20 July 2020 and was later found dead in her hotel room with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. According to North Carolina prosecutors, surveillance video from the hotel only showed Hill with her in the hotel room, so he immediately became the prime suspect.

Murder of his girlfriend

Lottery winner Hill later admitted that his girlfriend shot him because he was texting other men in the hotel. The North Carolina man was arrested and convicted of premeditated murder. It is unclear what will happen to the money.

In the summer of 2017, Hill bought a scratch card, which turned out to be an excellent choice. Shortly afterwards, as much as $10 million was deposited into his account, but he could not benefit for long. A judge in North Carolina sentenced him on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his girlfriend in 2020.