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Texas couple both dead after argument over $500 lottery ticket win

Reuters logo Reuters 4/1/2015 By Marice Richter
Some of the winning scratch off instant lottery games the customers won at a shop on Broadway. © Aristide Economopoulos/Star Some of the winning scratch off instant lottery games the customers won at a shop on Broadway.

A winning scratch-off lottery ticket worth $500 prompted an argument between a couple in their Fort Worth home that ended with both dying of gunshot wounds, officials said on Tuesday.

Fort Worth police said Terry Martin shot his long-time girlfriend, Laurice Hampton, and then shot himself early on Saturday morning in the master bedroom of the house they had shared for several years.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office ruled on Tuesday that Martin had committed suicide and that Hampton’s death was a homicide.

Martin, 46, was found dead when officers arrived at the home about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. Hampton, 48, was critically injured with multiple gunshots but was able to call 911 for help, police said.

Hampton was taken to a local hospital, where she died, police said.

“They were having an argument over a scratch-off lottery ticket winnings,” said sergeant Joe Loughman. “We have been told they had a very volatile relationship.”

Hampton told officers before she died that Martin had shot her and then shot himself.

Martin died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the medical examiner.

(Editing by Sharon Bernstein and Paul Tait)

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