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Homeless man wins $500,000 (£332,000) on a scratch card

A man who was homeless for 6 years has won $500,000 (£332,000) on a scratch card. He paid $10 (£6.60) for the ticket.

61 year old Michael lost his business and went through a divorce and is now looking for a fresh start.

One of the first things on his list is to reconnect with his daughter, who he hasn’t seen for more than 20 years.


He was staying at the Aspen Homeless Shelter in Colorado when his luck changed on Friday.

LINK TO SHELTER : Homeless man in Aspen wins $500,000 on lottery ticket Aspen Homeless Shelter Michael Engfors, 60, was born and raised in Aspen. After struggling with alcoholism, losing his business, and getting a divorce, he has been homeless for more than six years.


Jeremy Kowalis, who works at the shelter, told 9News: ‘Michael has seen a bottom that has pushed him right to the edge, but he never gave up

‘He knew that if he kept pushing on, eventually his luck would change.’

He added: ‘I don’t think he normally spends $10 a day on a lottery ticket. But he did that day, and it sure paid off. It couldn’t have happened to a better person.’

The odds of winning the top prize on the Eternal Splendor scratch card game are 840,000 to 1.

The Aspen Homeless Shelter’s director is helping Engfors with the process of collecting his earnings.


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