Craigory Burch Jr., the Fitzgerald forklift driver who won nearly half of a million dollars in the lottery in November, was killed during a home invasion robbery.
According to WALB News 10 in Albany, Burch, 20, was shot to death overnight Thursday at a home on Stubbs Avenue in Fitzgerald.
Burch matched all five numbers from the Nov. 29 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the $434,272 jackpot. He purchased the winning ticket at H&R Food Mart at 1507 Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins.
According to the WALB-TV story, Burch was in the home with his girlfriend at the time of the robbery and ran for help. No arrests have been made. GBI agents were at the home overnight collecting evidence, according to WALB.
After winning the jackpot, Burch said, "I knew that I would come into money," according to a Georgia Lottery news release. "I couldn't believe it at first. I was stunned. I'm still overwhelmed."
Friends of Burch told WALB that the forklift operator used some of his winnings to buy Christmas presents for people in need.
No suspects have been named.