Rahul Patel bares the distinction as one of the few men in the US to strike gold in the lottery. This time last year – June 29,2009, to be exact – Patel parlayed a $1 Powerball lottery ticket into $25 million and with his new-found wealth, proceeded to purchase himself a nice, spanking new Audi R8 about a week ago.

According to a number of reports, Patel was in the northbound side of Merritt Parkway somewhere between exits 46 and 47 when the R8’s engine inexplicably began smoking, causing the lottery winner to pull over on the shoulder to check up on his new toy. As soon as he stopped to check, flames suddenly burst out of the Audi R8’s engine as Patel haplessly watched his new Audi supercar be barbecued by the ensuing fire. The result, as you can imagine, was a complete loss with Patel left wondering if his luck had finally ran out.

We feel bad for him for losing such a beautiful car after only purchasing it a week earlier, but on the other hand, it’s hard to empathize with the dude because he can probably afford a few more of these R8’s with the money he scooped up a year ago. That is, unless, he hasn’t burned through the winnings too.


Source: CT Post

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  (134) posted on 09.27.2010

It seems that his good luck was turn into bad luck and his money to dump truck. lol! But honesty its so sad.

  (221) posted on 09.13.2010

What a totally unlucky guy.

  (1332) posted on 08.31.2010

well at least he was given a couple of weeks to drive the R8 before turning into ashes.

  (291) posted on 08.8.2010

After a good luck a terrible fate waits to him. I guess he feel so bad after the incident.

  (407) posted on 07.19.2010

agree, at least he’s got a chance to drive an R8 within a week.

  (515) posted on 07.18.2010

This is why Volkswagen continue to soar in its volkswagen autoparts sales, its because it build quality cars that customers are left happy with their cars.

  (666) posted on 07.14.2010

dang, what the hell just happened? I bet he’s crying out loud for what happened to his R8.

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