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Jennifer Granholm

Dad's Prize Patrol dreams drain family savings

DETROIT The pile of stuff along the Florida driveway frying pans, cookbooks, picture hanging kits, wallets, barbecue gadgets, multiples of many things chronicle Karl Dowd's big dream to win the Publishers Clearing House big prize. The clutter has crept its way into family memories, too. Happy times growing up in suburban Detroit with a loving dad, a veteran of the Korean War who worked hard to be a good provider, are overshadowed some days by the dark cloud of obsession that financially drained Dowd's estate over roughly 2012 and 2013 and possibly in earlier years, too. The Dowds were on a fixed income, but their children estimate Karl Dowd spent from $5,000 to $10,000 buying...