Benjamin Carroll

Fiancee Finds $50,000 Lotto Winner Stabbed to Death in NYC Living Room

The man's nephew says his 73-year-old uncle was terminally ill and only had months to live

What to Know

  • A 73-year-old man was found stabbed to death, face up in his Bronx living room Monday evening, police say
  • Owen Dillard’s fiancee found him dead in Mott Haven with several stab wounds to his neck
  • Police say there are no signs of someone forcing their way into the apartment; no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing

A 73-year-old man whose nephew says won a $50,000 lotto prize six months ago was found stabbed to death in his own living room Monday night. His fiancee made the grisly discovery, authorities say. 

Owen Dillard was found face up, stabbed several times in the neck, at the apartment he shared with his fiancee in the Bronx's Mott Haven neighborhood. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police say there are no signs of someone forcing their way into the apartment. The building requires visitors to be buzzed in.

According to Dillard's nephew, the man won the huge lotto prize on a Win 4 Life ticket and kept the cash in his apartment. He says he saw surveillance video that showed two people leaving with a book bag, though it's not clear if police, who the nephew said have the video in their possession, believe those two people had anything to do with the stabbing.

The nephew also said his uncle was also terminally ill and only had a few months to live. No arrests have been made.

Residents in the area say Dillard was loved by many.

"It's sad," one neighbor said. "I feel sorry for the man. God bless his soul. He was a great man."

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