Lottery winner looses his Audi R8 in a fire

Posted on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 , 06:07:36 byAlina

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Lottery winner looses his Audi R8 in a fire

An Audi R8 valued at $140,000 with options, belonging to a Connecticut Powerball winner, was destroyed in a fire. It seems that the car caught fire suddenly, out of the blue, and firefighters are close to classifying it as accidental.

This happened on Sunday morning, around 9 a.m, in a limited-access parkway from Connecticut. Rahul Patel, of Newington, was driving the car, only a week old, northbound on the parkway, when, between exit 46 and 47 in Fairfield, he looked up in the rearview mirror and saw black smoke coming from the rear of car, where the engine is located. After he pulled over on the side of the road and stepped out of the car to take a closer look at the problem, he reportedly saw flames coming out of the engine. Emergency crews arrived on the scene and promptly put out the fire.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident, but the car was a complete loss. Fire officials said the car is one of only two existing Audi R8 cars registered in the United States.

A section of the parkway was closed for about 30 minutes.

Patel may have lost this R8, but almost exactly a year ago, Patel had luck of a different sort. He won a $25 million Powerball jackpot from a $1 ticket, on June 29, 2009. Connecticut lottery officials said Patel, then 32, and the only winner, opted to take the prize as a one-time cash lump sum of $12.5 million. After state and federal taxes, he received a check for $8.7 million.

Fire officials said they are still investigating the cause of the fire.