LuAnn Davis, 43

Federal court employee

January 16, 2007

LuAnn Davis, a longtime federal court employee and an avid pool player who won thousands of dollars playing lotteries and slot machines, died Saturday at her home in Odenton of complications from a heart condition. She was 43.

Ms. Davis was born in Annapolis and graduated in 1981 from Arundel High School in Gambrills. For the past 12 years, she worked as an administrator for the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

In 1991, LuAnn Miller married Edgar Davis. The couple lived in Pirmasens, Germany, where Mr. Davis was stationed with the U.S. Army in the mid-1990s. The marriage ended in divorce.

For the past decade, Ms. Davis lived with her longtime companion, Keith Rogers.

Ms. Davis loved to gamble, said her sister Jessilyn Bowers of Crownsville. About eight years ago, she scored a $25,000 win playing the Maryland Lottery's Pick 4 game, using the digits 3275.

Over the years she won even more, hitting a $15,000 jackpot at a slot machine in Delaware; and $20,000 on a nickel slot machine in Atlantic City, N.J. In May 2005, she won $20,000 playing poker at an Atlantic City casino.

"She would always tell everybody she had a horseshoe stuck up her butt," Ms. Bowers said. "She would get a feeling and she would call us, her sisters, and say, `cha-ching.' And if she had a feeling, she would usually hit something."

Ms. Davis, a member of the American Poolplayers Association, played billiards at least three times a week at the Crofton Cantina, a bar in Gambrills, said another sister, Dreama Swank of Severn.

Ms. Davis also enjoyed watching NASCAR and made several trips to tracks in Delaware, Nevada and North Carolina. Her love of racing was cultivated by her late father, Frederick Miller Sr., who brought Ms. Davis and her siblings as children to area speedways.

Viewings are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Road, Gambrills. Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home. Burial will be at Epiphany Episcopal Cemetery in Odenton.

In addition to her sisters, she is survived by her mother, Luella Miller of Gambrills; and a brother, Frederick Miller Jr. of Odenton. Another sister, Patricia Green, is deceased.

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