Down in Tampa, prosecutors today gave their opening arguments in the trial of DeeDee Moore, accused of murdering Abraham Shakespeare. Her alleged motive?
Shakespeare, a barely literate man with a long record of petty crime, “got lucky” and won $17 million in the Florida lottery. According to police, Moore then finagled her way into Shakespeare’s life, got him to sign away what was left of his winnings, killed him and then buried him in her backyard beneath a concrete slab.
So … have you bought your Powerball tickets yet? I’m told the jackpot is now up to $550 million.
Somebody, somewhere, is likely to have a life-altering experience tonight at 10:59 EST. A lot of their troubles — problems at work, a boss they hate, worries about paying the bills — will disappear, only to be replaced by a whole ‘nother set of problems that in most cases they are much less equipped to handle.
Friendships will be broken. Families may be rent asunder. Simple lives will become much, much more complex. As Sandra Hayes, whose share of a 2006 Powerball winner came to a measly $6 million, told Fox:
“I had to adapt to this new life. I had to endure the greed and the need that people have, trying to get you to release your money to them. That caused a lot of emotional pain. These are people who you’ve loved deep down, and they’re turning into vampires trying to suck the life out of me.”
So … bought your tickets yet? Time’s running short.
– Jay Bookman