“BUM LUCK” ON “20/20″

By Alyssa Bernstein

Mar 20, 2014 3:02pm

Airing on “20/20 Saturday,” March 22 at 10 pm on ABC

From a lottery winner’s strange murder that is right out of a crime novel, to analyzing numbers to see if some are luckier than others, “20/20″ reports on lotto madness.  “Bum Luck,” airs on “20/20 SATURDAY” on MARCH 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.  Anchored by Barbara Walters, 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 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.  (OAD: 9/10/13)
  • Lucky Numbers:  Are some numbers luckier than others when playing the lottery? “20/20″ conducted a mathematical analysis of the numbers drawn in past 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.  (OAD: 9/10/13)

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

 

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