Michael Gebru Lotto Max winner from Canada believed to be murder victim in robbery attempt in his native Ethiopia. Man won $10.7million days after being fired from assembly plant.
Michael Gebru, 41, of Ontario, traveled to the African country a few weeks ago with the intention of visiting the area where he was raised, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Come Saturday Gebru was found dead. The man is now lying deceased in a morgue in Addis Ababa.
The circumstances surrounding Gebru’s death are unclear – with the man’s family demanding answers.
Local police have not been forthcoming, Gebru’s family told CBC, leading them to ask the Canadian Embassy in Ethiopia for help
‘I don’t know exactly what happened,’ said Gebru’s cousin, Sosuna Asefaw.
‘Everyone knew who he was in Toronto and everyone knew back home, because it’s a big thing. He didn’t grow up with much.’
While the nature of Gebru’s death wasn’t immediately clear, the torontosun reported the Canadian emigre as being the victim of a ‘suspected murder.’
It wasn’t known whether his alleged murder was the result of his multi-millionaire status.
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Gebru had won the lottery shortly after he was laid off from an assembly plant.
Initially, he thought he had won $14. In reality, Gebru had actually won $10.7 million.
‘I’ve always said that if I won the lottery, I’d help people in need,’ the then factory worker told CBC at the time.
Gebru’s cousin said he stayed true to his words.
Gebru was determined to make a difference in people’s lives, particularly in poverty-stricken Ethiopia where he immigrated from.
‘Going back home, he just wanted to do more for our country,’ said Asefaw.
According to Asefaw, Gebru split his time between Toronto and Ethiopia.
But something went wrong and local media are describing the homicide as a robbery attempt gone awry. So far, local cops have no suspects.
‘I don’t know exactly what happened,’ Asefaw said. ‘Everyone knew who he was in Toronto and everyone knew back home because it’s a big thing … He didn’t grow up with much.’