A woman who won $2 million last time in the California lottery has been fatally shot, allegedly by a man who unexpectedly married her soon after.
Tiffany Hill, 31, moved earlier this year from Wally Springs in Calaveras County to the Oklahoma city of Calera, Texas TV station KXII . According to. She was accompanied by John Donato, whom she had recently married and had four children.
He was murdered on 30 July in Kalera’s house itself. Police say Donato, 42, was also found dead, apparently from a self-shot wound. One of the babies – 23-month-old Lynne – was shot; She died three days later in a Dallas hospital.
Police said three other children in the house were not injured. Leanne was identified as Donato’s child; It was not stated whether he was the father of the other siblings.
In November 2020, Hill won $2 million on a Scratcher lottery ticket he bought at the Valley Springs Mini Mart on Highway 26, about 10 miles south of Jackson.
An Oklahoma attorney associated with Hill’s family told KXII that the woman was “trying to walk away” from the domestic violence situation. The attorney, citing Hill’s mother, said the lottery win had contributed to the tension in the household: “I know that at times it led to conflict between them.”