Georgia lottery winner killed during home invasion

Craigory Burch, Jr. won a Georgia Fantasy 5 jackpot in November 2015. (Photo source: WALB/Lottery Corporation)

FITZGERALD, GA (WFLA/NBC) — A man who recently won nearly $500,000 in the Georgia lottery was killed overnight Thursday during a home invasion robbery, investigators say.

Officials said 20-year-old Craigory Burch, Jr. died from gunshot wounds at a home in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

Burch had won a $434,272 Fantasy 5 jackpot in late November 2015.

Investigators said Burch’s girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, was in the home at the time and ran for help. A shotgun blast blew open the door and three masked, armed men ran in, she said.

Hendricks said Burch begged the robbers not to kill him and offered them his wallet. But when the robbers could not find the wallet, they shot him before running away, according to a report from WALB.

Friends say Burch used some of the money to buy Christmas presents for people in need.

Authorities have not named any suspects in the case. Investigators spent the night collecting evidence from the home.

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