Lottery winner loses home

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A man wins a million bucks in the Virginia lottery. Now less than a year later - he's being evicted from his home.

30-year-old Brian Fells says he was in a real tough spot before he won the money and he just couldn't catch up in time to save his home.

We were with Fells as he took the million dollar check, last May. He says, the lump sum ended up being $457,000 after taxes.

"Took care of family and friends that's all I did, made sure my family and friends were ok," said Fells.

The cash couldn't have come at a better time. Fell's home was under foreclosure. He even got laid off. The money was going to get his house back. But he ran into problems.

"After I got the money there was nobody around I could take to say, hey I have the money," he said.

Fells claims - for almost 9 months - he got the run around from realtors, court officials, and the lawyers involved. Fells allowed time to pass. He always thought, he could reclaim his home by writing out a check anytime.

"Money talks, in this day and age," he said.

Fells said on Valentine's Day he got a knock on the door. It was the Sheriff's office serving him up evictions papers telling him to move out in 9 days. The notices came as a harsh reality check.

"I kind of fault myself because I could have went harder on it but hey, I had the cushion, I got the money, I don't have to worry about trying to figure out where I'm going to get this money," Fells said.

Five years ago, at 25, Fells was a supervising technician for Direct TV and a new homeowner.

"When we moved in basically gave it our own touch, paint different color in every room," he said.

We watched Fells roll up that million dollar check and pack it up with the rest of his suitcases.

"Now that I look back maybe, day one I would have hired a personal attorney to take care of everything," he said.

Fells has no choice but to move on.

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