$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
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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