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Atlanta Lottery Winner Dies After Gold Plating His Testicles?

Reports that a lottery winner died after gold-plating his genitals are fake news.

  • Kim LaCapria
  • Published 29 November 2015

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In November 2015, a number of fake news sites, including Now8News, began sharing articles claiming a lottery winner had died after attempting to gold-plate his testicles:

Growing up in a life of poverty, 38-year-old Justin Green saw his hopes and dreams come true when hitting $100 million Georgia lottery last month. Friends reported that Green immediately quit his job at Walmart and made plans for a “better life.” Apparently, his idea of a better life would not be at the top of the list for most lottery winners. As a young man, Green was obsessed with the 2002 movie comedy Goldmember – an Austin Powers parody of the bond movie Goldfinger in which Powers is hunting a criminal mastermind who colors his victims ‘man parts’ in gold.

According to family members, Green went on a shopping spree which included gold and diamond chains, exotic cars, custom gold and diamond “grills” and … get this … gold plated genitals. Green approached many people in the gold plating business, however he was turned down by every store owner – Green was warned this was a very dangerous procedure. Green began painting his genitals with lead-based paint, but quickly decided that a simple coloring wasn’t enough – he needed the real gold. To complete the makeshift operation, Green used a professional automotive gold plater that he borrowed from a garage. Unfortunately in the 12 hours following the procedure, Green encountered a series of health issues that ultimately led to his death.

A 19 November 2015 version that appeared on the web site Viral Covert relocated the hapless lottery winner’s residence to Canada:

Justin Reiter from Alberta, Canada, died of medical complications after attempting to gold plate his own genitals to celebrate an astonishing $598,556 jackpot win … Justin started by painting his genitals with a lead-based paint, but quickly decided that a simple coloring wasn’t enough: he needed to take it to the next level, he needed the real gold. To complete the makeshift operation, Reiter used a professional automotive gold plater that he borrowed from a garage. Unfortunately in the twelve hours following the procedure, Justing encountered a series of health issues that ultimately led to his death.

Both versions featured the same image of a doctor purportedly involved with the fatal incident:

Various fake news sites reported that a lottery winner died after gold-plating his genitals.

Lottery Winner Dies After Gold Plating His Testicles

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do? Quit your job? Buy a new house? Car? Yacht, even? Sure. One thing you probably wouldn’t think to do is get your genitals gold plated. But that’s precisely what a Georgia lottery winner did recently. And ended up paying the ultimate price for it…

38-year-old Atlanta resident Justin Green grew up in abject poverty. He’d always had to live hand to mouth, but saw his hopes and dreams come true last year when he scooped $98 million on the Georgia state lottery.

Green immediately quit his job stacking shelves at Walmart and put in place plans for what he kept calling his ‘better life’. But it seemed that his idea of a better life wasn’t the same as most people’s…

As a younger man, Green was, according to friends, completely obsessed with the 2002 movie comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember where Mike Myers‘ character hunts down a criminal mastermind who colors his victims ‘testicles in gold. And the idea stuck for some reason.

According to co-workers, Green went on an elaborate shopping spree after the win which included him buying huge gold and diamond chains, imported foreign cars, custom gold ‘grills’ for his teeth and the gold plated genitals that ultimately led to his untimely death

Green approached people in the gold plating/gilding business, however due to the very dangerous nature of the procedure, he was turned down repeatedly. Even a Tijuana doctor and former jeweler who had been struck off refused.

So he decided to improvise and do it himself. He tried painting his penis and testicles with lead-based paint, but decided that just coloring himself wasn’t enough – he wanted actual gold. So Green bought a used professional automotive gold plater from a garage and set to work…

Unfortunately, just twelve hours after the procedure, Green experienced a series of health issues that ultimately led to his hospitalization and death.

According to the man who treated him, Dr. Bill Rife from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Green’s official cause of death was ‘mercury and lead poisoning’ (two common elements found in gold).

“The human body just is not made to handle being gold plated. I don’t care how much money you have, money cannot buy common sense and money cannot help you cheat death.”

Green had no surviving relatives and had recently written a will leaving his vast fortune to a local raccoon charity.

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