Jeffery Dampier won $20 million in the Illinois Lottery in 1996. Jeffery had grown up poor and was very generous with his winnings, but in scenes later echoed by the infamous case of Abraham Shakespeare he until he was kidnapped and murdered by his sister-in-law, Victoria Jackson in 2005.
After Jeffery won the lottery in 1996 he moved his family and his parents to Florida where he set-up a successful gourmet popcorn company in Tampa’s Channelside entertainment district. He was happily married to his wife Crystal and their business prospered, everything was looking up, or so he thought…
He used his money to buy whatever his friends and family wanted: cars, houses, Caribbean cruises – Jeffery was known as a very kind and generous man.
He even showered his wife’s family with gifts, including his wife’s sister Victoria Jackson. He even paid for Victoria and her boyfriend Nathaniel Jackson’s apartment, but that wasn’t enough.
According to court testimony, the plan to kidnap Jeffery was hatched on the night of July 26, 2005, when Victoria Jackson called him to her Brandon apartment. She and her boyfriend, Nathaniel tied Dampier’s hands with shoelaces. Then Nathaniel Jackson pointed a gun at Dampier and forced him into his van, according to prosecutor Jalal.
In one of the saddest lottery stories recorded, Victoria shot Jeffery in the head.
In trial it became clear that Jackson never told Victoria he planned on killing Jeffery and once she was in the van it was too late. However both were charged with the murder of Jeffery Dampier and sentenced to life in prison.
However it may not have all been about the lottery win. At her murder trial, Victoria Jackson and her sister Terri claimed that Dampier had initiated a sexual relationship with his sister-in-law when he was 32 and she was only 15, though nothing was ever proven, it will never be known whether their motive was entirely money driven.