Ex-millionaire took to robbery after cash ran out

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14 June 2005, MEININGEN - A German who won DEM 1.5 million (EUR 0.77 million) playing lotto eight years ago admitted on Monday he committed a string of burglaries after the cash trickled away.

14 June 2005

MEININGEN - A German who won DEM 1.5 million (EUR 0.77 million) playing lotto eight years ago admitted on Monday he committed a string of burglaries after the cash trickled away.

Prosecutors said the father of three decided in 2003 to live by theft, and broke into nearly 70 homes, bars and cars in search of cash. He also took jewellery, watches, cameras and even three pairs of deer antlers, and kept them in a room in his basement.

Police near Meiningen, 150 kilometres east of Frankfurt, have returned much of the hoard, worth EUR 13,000, to the owners.

The 49-year-old tiler said he had spent or given away the lotto prize, including presents to his mother and two sisters. He built a house, but had to sell it after he ran out of money.

"I don't know where the money went," the former millionaire said.

The trial was adjourned to 27 June.

DPA

Subject: German news

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