Abraham Shakespeare Missing: Florida Lottery Winner Disappears

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

LAKELAND, Fla. — Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a man, who won the Florida lottery in 2006, and has now gone missing. The Polk County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said Abraham Shakespeare, 43, of Lakeland, was reported missing on Nov. 9.

His friends and family told detectives that Shakespeare was last seen in the Lakeland area in early April, 2009.

Shakespeare is a Florida Lottery winner from November 2006. The jackpot total was $31 million.

In April 2007, Shakespeare was sued by a co-worker who alleged that Shakespeare had stolen the tickets from him.

Authorities say Shakespeare won the suit in October 2007.