And he is finally using his lottery winnings to finance a dream of his own — creating the ultimate video game. True, Bartlett is being criticized for asking the public for contributions instead of bankrolling the project entirely himself. But that hasn't deterred him.
Even before he entered the public eye in a big way, Bartlett, who at the time lived in Dundalk, was perhaps the world's most colorful accountant.
Within days of winning one-fourth of the $330 million prize, in September 2007, he told news outlets in the U.S., Britain, Finland and Russia that his win had been preceded by a Tarot card reading that told him to slow down and focus on his spirituality.
So Bartlett told the "powers that be" that if he won the lottery, he would focus on teaching completely.
"And a month later, here I am," he said in a 2007 article in The Sun. "I thank the gods for this gift. I don't know which one granted me this wish, but whichever one did, thanks!"
Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett described Bartlett as the rare lottery winner who went public immediately with his good luck. "He was out in front of the media, even before he contacted us," she said. We usually hear from a lawyer first."
Bartlett announced plans to expand Mystickal Voyage, the store owned by Lori and Mick Perdue where the new lottery winner kept the books and taught classes on moon magic and psychic healing. The store, which had opened the previous year, had already been enlarged once to include a coffee shop.
Bartlett financed a $750,000 renovation that spread out to 6,500 square feet, including a yoga center. For the grand reopening, Bartlett booked radio personality Steve Rouse and other special guests, including Azrael Arynn K, one of his favorite pagan authors.
It's not clear why the once-healthy business foundered, though it didn't help that the reopening occurred just a few months before the U.S. financial markets collapsed in December 2008.
He said he made a key mistake by investing heavily in the bookstore and then stepping away.
"Basically, I did one of the things any good business person tells you not to do," Bartlett said.
While he and his wife were enjoying a second honeymoon in Paris, he said, they learned from Facebook that Mystickal Voyage had announced that it was closing as of Oct. 31, 2010.
Now the store sits vacant, its walls and shelves stripped bare.
The owner of the shopping center, Dunfield Commercial LLC, filed suit in January, 2011 against the Perdues and Bartlett's PanGaia investment company.
Reached by email, Lori Perdue said she couldn't comment because she had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Bartlett. But according to court records, the monthly lease of $9,700 had ballooned to $13,000. In addition, the Perdues were grappling with an undisclosed illness.
"We truly are financially devastated by the closing of the business," Lori Perdue wrote in a March, 2011 letter included as part of the court documents, "and have no assets or means to pay the amount in question, or even offer any settlement."
Even while the bookstore was still open, Bartlett had made a foray into the music business. As he tells it, he and his wife were huge fans of Robichaux. They decided to found their own label, called KaBunk Records, so they could produce her album, "InsideOut," which was released in 2009.
They parted ways after disagreeing about who would make creative decisions. Bartlett said that Robichaux was insisting on rights that are rarely granted to up-and-coming singers. She said that Bartlett sought total control not just of her songs, but also of her brand.