It’s no unearthed secret that money changes relationships, especially when it comes overnight in the form of a lottery ticket. However one Fort Worth, TX let a $500 lottery ticket explode an already fragile union and now both of them are dead.
An argument over a winning $500 scratch-off lottery ticket apparently led a man to shoot his live-in girlfriend Saturday morning, then turn the gun on himself, Fort Worth police said Tuesday.
“We received information that the suspect had won $500 on a Texas lottery scratch-off ticket and that the victim wanted half of the proceeds,” homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said. “The suspect didn’t want to share it with her.”
Though critically injured from a gunshot wound to the chest, Laurice Hampton, 48, was able to call 911 about 6:30 a.m. Saturday to report the shootings by Terry Martin, 46.
“She told them that she had been shot and that he had shot himself after he shot her,” Loughman said.
Responding officers found the couple inside a master bedroom of the home in the 7400 block of Beaty Steet. Martin was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
Hampton was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital and died a few hours later.
Loughman said the couple had known each other since childhood and had lived together for several years. They were known to have a “very volatile relationship,” he said.
The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office has learned that Martin was jailed in 2012 for assaulting Hampton in their home.
Photo: Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office