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  1. #1
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    Jul 2005

    Powerball Winner Dead For Days Before Being Found

    Full story, no registration required: http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_330083224.html

    (AP) Newport, Ky. A woman who won a $65.4 million Powerball jackpot with her husband five years ago was found dead at her home overlooking the Ohio River. Police said she had been dead for days before anyone found her.

    Virginia Metcalf Merida's son found her dead Wednesday. Campbell County Police are awaiting autopsy results and toxicology results before announcing a cause of death.

    Investigators said there was no sign of forced entry at the 5,000-square-foot, custom-built geodesic dome house that Merida, 51, bought for $559,000 in 2000.

    Her husband, Mack Wayne Metcalf, died in 2003 at age 45 while living in a replica of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate built in Corbin. His death followed multiple run-ins with the law in the days following the lottery win.

    When they won the jackpot, the couple refused dozens of interview requests but told lottery officials they were going separate ways to fulfill lifelong dreams. Merida was quitting her job making corrugated boxes and planned to buy a home. Metcalf, a forklift operator, wanted to start a new life in Australia.

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    Neighbors said Merida shunned attention successfully until last December, when a body was found in her home.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    How sad......I guess the old adage "becareful what you wish for" is something that comes to mind in this case.

    The people in this story may have wanted to live their dreams, but it seems that "old habits" die hard..........

  3. #3
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    May 2005
    Remiinds me of Humpty Dumpty.....
    Such a catastrophe! All the money in the world can't buy happiness.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2004
    Or how do we know that her heirs didn't off her?

  5. #5
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    Mar 2005
    Central Texas
    Quote Originally Posted by concernedperson
    Or how do we know that her heirs didn't off her?
    You might have something there CP. 51 is awfully young to die of natural causes. Apparently there was drug use in the past. It would be interesting to see the autopsy results.

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