A judge sen’tenced a man who won a $10 million prize on a scratch-off lottery ticket in 2017 to spend the rest of his life in pr’ison just five years later. Michael Todd Hill, 54, will do a life bi’d in pri’son for the 2020 fatal sho’oting of his 23-year-old girlfriend.
On Friday, the bef’allen North Carolina lottery winner was con’victed of first-degree mu’rder and was sent’enced without the possibility of par’ole in the 2020 fatal sho’oting of his former girlfriend, Keonna Graham, 23, WSPA reported. According to the outlet, Graham was reported missing on July 20, 2020. She was later found de’ad at the SureStay Hotel in Shallotte, North Carolina. She had a gu’nshot wou’nd to the back of the head.
Pro’secutors said sur’veillance footage from the hotel showed Hill was the only person in the room with Graham. Hill later confessed to sho’oting her after she had been texting with other men while at the hotel.
Reportedly, the pair were in an “on-again, off-again” relationship.
Three years prior to confessing to the mu’rder, Hill won $10 million from an Ultimate Millions scratch-off ticket. CBS News described Hill as a nu’clear power plant worker before collecting his winnings. He reportedly intended to use his lump-sum winnings of over $4,159,000, after taxes, to pay off bills and help his “wife’s” business. There is no record, however, of him ever legitimately marrying anyone.
After winning the prize, he gave $2,000 to the cashier who sold him the ticket, WECT reported.