Jeffrey Dampier

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Jeffrey Dampier Jr. (March 24, 1966 – July 26, 2005) was the winner of an Illinois Lottery jackpot worth US $20 million in 1996. He was murdered by his sister-in-law and her boyfriend in 2005.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dampier was born in Chicago's West Side.[2] His father was Jeffrey Dampier Sr.[3] His widow was Crystal Jackson Dampier.

Winning the jackpot[edit]

Dampier and his ex-wife won the Illinois Lottery jackpot in 1996.[4] It was worth approximately US $20 million.[5] They eventually divorced and split the money 50/50. Soon after, Jeffrey met Crystal Jackson, dated and married her. Two years later, the two moved to Tampa Bay.[2]

Once in Florida, Dampier used the money to invest in a popcorn business called Kassie's Gourmet Popcorn, based in Tampa Bay's Channelside entertainment district.[6] Shortly after, Jeffrey moved Crystal's two sisters, Victoria and Terri Jackson, to Tampa as well. With no means of their own, Dampier took care of both of the sisters' finances and continued to buy presents for many of their family members, including his sister-in-law Victoria Jackson (with whom he was having an affair).[5]


On July 26, 2005, Dampier was murdered by Victoria Jackson and her boyfriend Nathaniel Jackson, presumably for his jackpot winnings.[1][2]

There are multiple accounts of the murder. According to some sources, Dampier was lured to the Jacksons' apartment by Victoria Jackson, who claimed that she had car problems.[4] Dampier's hands and feet were bound with shoelaces.[5] Nathaniel Jackson then pointed a gun at Dampier and forced him into his van. Terri Jackson, Victoria's sister, was also at the scene of the murder.[3] Afterwards, Nathaniel gave the shotgun to Victoria and reportedly said, "Shoot him or I'll shoot you."[5] Dampier was shot in the back of the head.[3]


Victoria Jackson was tried and found guilty of first-degree murder, armed kidnapping and armed carjacking in 2006. She was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences. Nathaniel Jackson was prosecuted similarly.[3]

Reactions to Victoria's trial were mixed. Jeffrey Dampier Sr. said that "I think everything was correct. I think the state did a good job. I'm very happy. I think my family is happy." On the other hand, Terri Jackson, Victoria's sister, said that Victoria was the real victim, claiming that Dampier had initiated a relationship with her when she was 15.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Virtually Useless Information. West Side Publishing. 2010. ISBN 978-1-60553-916-4.
  2. ^ a b c Fischer, Kenneth L. The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!). Wiley Publishers.
  3. ^ a b c d e Weimar, Carrie (September 22, 2006). "Sentence: Life times three". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  4. ^ a b "The Dos and Don'ts of Winning the Lottery". Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  5. ^ a b c d Ghahremani, Tanya (Oct 24, 2011). "The Tragic Stories of the Lottery's Unluckiest Winners". Times. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  6. ^ "2. Jeffrey Dampier". Complex Pop Culture. Oct 24, 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-07.