Homeless Man’s Life Changes After $500,000 Win

Irina Buzdugan | News
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When you see a homeless man on the street, you never assume that he had a heart-wrenching story behind him that got him there in the first place. Most people just scowl at them or accuse them of being lazy, but we should try our best not to judge if we don’t know their story. This winner’s story just goes to show that he landed up in a desperate place because of sad circumstances. Read further to find out about how this $500,000 winner had his life turned around. 

The homeless lottery winner in this story is a homeless man from aspen, Colorado, who beat the 840,000-to-1 odds of winning half a million dollars on a lottery scratch ticket. A shelter worker who knows the man said, “It couldn’t have happened to a better type of person,” on Monday. 

The homeless man’s name is Michael Engfors and he is 61-years-old. Michael has been unfortunately homeless for six years after he lost his business and went through a complicated divorce that cost him all his money. Michael bought his destined ticket to the value of $10 on a Friday afternoon at a gas station in Aspen. 

The Aspen homeless shelter owner, Jeremy Kowalis, shared the story with the NBC news station KUSA of Denver. Michael spent his last weekend sleeping on the floor of St. Mary Catholic Church before the shelter director gave him a lift to the lottery office in Grand Junction on Monday. 

Going back to the place where Michael bought his winning ticket, Gabby Garcia, a clerk there, confirmed in an interview with The Aspen Times that a man did indeed win a $500,000 scratch-off game in their store on Friday. Garcia said that the lucky lotto man, who hadn’t yet been identified, a regular lottery player who usually only won a buck or two. “He almost always stays outside, but Friday, he ran into the store shouting, ‘I won!’” explained Garcia. 

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“I asked him what he was going to do, and with tears in his eyes, he said that he wanted to get skis and to connect with his daughter he hadn’t seen in over 20 years,” Jeremy told KUSA. “He’s interested in trying to find out how to go about reaching her and re-connecting with her now that he has the means to do so,” he added. 

“This really is such a great story,” said Jeremy, “It has inspired and given hope to so many lottery players, because out of all people who could win half a million dollars, especially in Colorado, it couldn’t have happened to a better person who really needed the win.” 

We couldn’t agree more. This proves that a win can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or how much you have. If luck favours you in that particular instance, then you have achieved glory!

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