Homeless Man Wins $500,000 on Lottery Scratch-Off Card

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A homeless man in Aspen, Colorado got the best early Christmas gift ever.

After buying a $10 scratch off ticket Friday at an Aspen gas station, 61-year-old Michael Engfors won a whopping $500,000! Michael had been homeless for six years after he lost his business and went through a divorce, according to NBC News, and had spent the weekend before his big win sleeping on the floor of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Gabby Garcia, a clerk at the gas station, said Michael was a regular lottery player who had only been winning a buck or two. While he almost always stayed outside, the day his scratch-off showed a massive amount, he ran into the store shouting "I won!," she said. Michael had played the "Eternal Splendor" scratch off game and the odds of winning its grand prize are 840,000 to 1.

As for what he's going to do with all that cash, Aspen Homeless Shelter director Jeremy Kowalis said Michael told him he's going to "get some skis" and try to connect with his daughter who he hadn't seen in over 20 years. "He's interested in trying to find out how to go about reaching her and re-connecting with her now that he's got a little bit more means to do so," Jeremy said.

"It's such a great story," he continued. "It's really inspired so many people, because out of all of the people, especially in Aspen, Colorado, that could win half a million dollars, it couldn't happen to a better type of person than somebody who actually uses the homeless shelter."

Talk about a Christmas miracle.


A homeless man in Aspen, Colorado got the best early Christmas gift ever.

After buying a $10 scratch off ticket Friday at an Aspen gas station, 61-year-old Michael Engfors won a whopping $500,000! Michael had been homeless for six years after he lost his business and went through a divorce, according to NBC News, and had spent the weekend before his big win sleeping on the floor of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Gabby Garcia, a clerk at the gas station, said Michael was a regular lottery player who had only been winning a buck or two. While he almost always stayed outside, the day his scratch-off showed a massive amount, he ran into the store shouting "I won!," she said. Michael had played the "Eternal Splendor" scratch off game and the odds of winning its grand prize are 840,000 to 1.

As for what he's going to do with all that cash, Aspen Homeless Shelter director Jeremy Kowalis said Michael told him he's going to "get some skis" and try to connect with his daughter who he hadn't seen in over 20 years. "He's interested in trying to find out how to go about reaching her and re-connecting with her now that he's got a little bit more means to do so," Jeremy said.

"It's such a great story," he continued. "It's really inspired so many people, because out of all of the people, especially in Aspen, Colorado, that could win half a million dollars, it couldn't happen to a better type of person than somebody who actually uses the homeless shelter."

Talk about a Christmas miracle.

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