CRAZY, STUPID LUCK

By Alyssa Bernstein

Sep 6, 2013 3:11pm

Wild Tales of Lotto Madness on a Special Edition of “20/20″ Airing Tuesday, September 10, 10 pm on ABC

From a lottery winner’s strange murder that is right out of a crime novel, to real stories of co-workers hitting the jackpot together and how their lives have changed for the good and for the bad, 20/20″ reports wild tales of lotto madness.  “Crazy, Stupid Luck,” a Special Edition of “20/20″ airs on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.  Anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir, reports include:

  • Lotto Murder:  The strange case of Abe Shakespeare:  a down on his luck, illiterate man who won the Lotto, proceeded to be hit-up and fleeced by an army of moochers, and then was murdered by his supposed financial advisor Dee Dee Moore.  It was only after Shakespeare’s friend, a barber named Greg Smith, went undercover for the cops that the killer was brought to justice.  ABC News Correspondent Matt Gutman’s report features explosive new details and audio tape from the undercover sting, plus an exclusive interview with the killer herself.  Gutman also interviews crime novelist Carl Hiassen, who knows all about bizarre Florida murders covering real ones for the Miami Herald and the ones he makes up in his crime novels, including Lucky You about a Florida lottery winner who gets killed.
  • The Real Lucky 7:  ”Lucky 7,” a new ABC drama premiering on September 24, follows what happens to a fictitional group of seven co-workers after going in together and winning the lottery.  So what has happened to some real groups of co-workers after hitting the jackpot together?  Cecilia Vega reports on some of the highs – and lows of such joint winners.
  • Lucky Numbers:  Are some numbers luckier than others when playing the lottery? “20/20″ conducted a mathematical analysis of the numbers drawn in the past 50 Powerball and MegaMillions jackpots of $100 million or more and found a handful of numbers that just kept popping up – and others that almost never did.  What are they and why? A numerologist gives us his take and a mathematician tells us to get real.

David Sloan is senior executive producer of “20/20.”

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