Out-of-Work Powerball Winner from 2001 Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
David Lee Edwards

David Lee Edwards

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) -- A 58-year-old Kentucky man who won part of a $280 million lottery jackpot 12 years ago after being laid off from his job has died.

David Lee Edwards died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

Caniff Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements, said it did not have a cause of death.

Edwards, an ex-convict, won a one-fourth share of a $280 million Powerball jackpot in August 2001. At the time, it was the third largest lottery pot in U.S. history. He received a lump-sum of $27 million after taxes.

Edwards was convicted of robbery in 1981 and served out his sentence in 1997. Several years after winning the lottery, he was evicted from his million-dollar home in Florida after failing to pay back dues to the homeowners association.

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