$10.7 million Lotto Max winner Michael Gebru reportedly killed in Ethiopia

Lotto Max winner _ Ethiopia
The late Michael Gebru, posing for picture after collecting jackpot cheque. Photo credit : CBC

By Dimetros Birku
borkena
September 19, 2019

Toronto – According to unconfirmed reports emerging in social media, a Canadian man of Ethiopian origin is killed this week in the Ethiopian capital – Addis Ababa.

The victim, who is identified as Michael Gebru, was a winner of Lotto Max jackpot of 10.7 million from one of the June 2017 draws.

Dagmawi Tariku, a former journalist in a popular Ethiopian FM station who is currently living in Toronto, wrote, in Amharic, on his Facebook page on Thursday saying that Michael Gebru was killed in what appears to be robbery related incident.

In the facebook post, Dagmawi cited that he got the information from close family members of the deceased.

Michael Gebru used to live in Scarborough in the GTA before he won the Lotto Max.  He was laid off and on EI when he won the jackpot according to CBC report back in 2017.

Ethiopian state media did not report about the murder case of the Lotto Max winner at this writing.

The identities of those who committed the homicide are not yet established and it is unclear if Ethiopian police are attempting to establish suspects in this murder case. 

The crime rate has been spiraling up in Ethiopia especially after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April 2018. 

More updates on this case will be shared as they become available.



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8 Responses to "$10.7 million Lotto Max winner Michael Gebru reportedly killed in Ethiopia"

  1. meseret   September 21, 2019 at 4:38 am

    They sould be arrested and should be go through the capital punishment procedure.

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  2. Vineyard   September 21, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Responding to the person that won the Lotto Max. He should have gone anonymously to receive his winnings earnings. Third world country people always go after you if they know you have won such a large amount of money.the lotto corporation should I allow people to go and receive their winning earnings anonymously if they want to.

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  3. Vineyard   September 21, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Commenting on the person who won the Lotto Max. Unfortunately his life was taken from him. The lottery corporation should allowed people to go and claim there winnings anonymously. Especially when going back home, who never know what could go wrong. Third world countries especially, they will kill you for anything. May his soul rest in peace….

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  4. amharafoe   September 21, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I suppose he is killed by those neftegna amhara gangesters who smoke weeds and devour a grass locally called khat , chat.
    they must be brought to justice and condamned to death based on the current law.
    if you delete this message I are genuine enemy of freedom of expressing views and showing your bias

    bilen

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  5. Belay   September 21, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    This has been happening for a length of time. I knew many people who were killed by, the people call them hang. Hang existed long before the coming of PM. Abey. Now, the outside media started to broadcast similar incidents. The people and the government may start to wake up.

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  6. Ittu Aba Farda   September 22, 2019 at 1:48 am

    What a sad story!!! My family’s condolences to the family and loved ones of this countryman. May He Rest In Eternal Peace!!!

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  7. Belay   September 22, 2019 at 9:44 am

    የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ ሰራተኛ ተገድላና ተጥላ ተገኘች። ከ4 ሰአት በፊት የወጣ ዜና።
    በኢትዮጵያ ያለዉ እዉነታ ይህ ነዉ። የእያንዳንዱ ሰዉ ሂወት አደጋ ላይ ነዉ። ሌባና ዘራፊ አገሩን ተቆጣጥረዉታል። ቤተ-መንግስት ገብተዉ አንዱን ሃንግ ብያደርጉልን መንግስት እርምጃ ይወስድ ይሆናል። ወይም ሰዉ ህግን በእጁ አስገብቶ ሌቦችንና ዘራፊዎችን መከላከል አለበት።

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  8. ZUB.   September 24, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I have not talked to a single family member or friends of mine in Ethiopia for years because I am scared same thing that happened to Michael Gebru would happen to me, the last thing the family or friends know about me is that I am unemployed food stamps welfare recipient residing in USA homeless .

    In Ethiopian’s culture people like to gossip and throw a web of scandal being a master of conspiracy when it comes to fooling people , which makes Ethiopians that suddenly rise to wealth vulnerable to robbery or murder, so I decided to cut off contact to save my life. In a way the ever rising cost of living and the habit of hiding large amount of money burried in the backyard in Ethiopia could be to blame. IN SITUATIONS LIKE THESE I KNOW NOT TO TRUST ANY PERSON!!

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