A North Carolina man who won a $10 million lottery prize in 2017 ran out of luck last week when he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a 2020 fatal shooting of his girlfriend.
Michael Todd Hill, 54, of Leland, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Keona Graham, who was reported missing on July 20, 2020 and was later found dead in a hotel with a gunshot wound to the back of the head.
Prosecutors said surveillance footage from the hotel showed Hill was the only person in the room with Graham. They said Hill later confessed to shooting Graham after she had been texting with other men while at the hotel.
Hill, who won $10 million from a scratch-off ticket in August 2017, described his feelings at the time “I saw the one and then the zero and it still didn’t hit me. But then I saw the ‘M’. My heart dropped down to my toes and I lost my breath.”