You think Jesus has a hand in who wins the lottery? Ronald Redden must think so because, when he won the lottery, the first thing he said was "Thank you Jesus!"
Ronald's story is quite remarkable. He's one of those guys that just wanted to become rich by winning the lottery. For him, there was no other way to riches. So he played the lottery... A lot!
When I say a lot, I really do mean a lot; he spent about $1000 a year playing the lottery. He did that for the past seven years. That's about $7000 down the drain. Then he lost his job about two years ago and hasn't worked since. Yet, he continued to play the lottery. Winning the lottery was his dream. If he was to win, he wouldn't have to keep looking for work; he could just take it easy.
Being a religious man, I'm sure Ronald Redden prayed to Jesus to make him rich. Then one day it happened - Ronald won the lottery and he thanked Jesus for it.
Ronald won $1 million playing Mega Millions. That was in the December 6, 2011 draw. For that draw, Ronald bought three tickets from a gas station in Warsaw, Indiana. Two of the tickets were numbers that Ronald chose based on family birthdays. The third ticket was a random quick pick. After the draw, Ronald checked the two tickets with the numbers that he chose. He didn't win anything. However, he forgot that he also bought the quick pick ticket, so that one was left in his wallet.
Shortly thereafter, Ronald's girlfriend called him to tell him that it was announced on the news that someone bought a winning ticket at the gas station in Warsaw where he bought his tickets. Ronald told her it wasn't him - He already checked his tickets.
A few days later, Ronald was back at the gas station to buy more lottery tickets. He opened his wallet and saw the Mega Millions quick pick ticket that he forgot about. He pulled it out and started comparing his numbers to the winning numbers. "I looked at the first three numbers and I went thank you Jesus, because I knew right then and there that was the winning ticket," Ronald said. Yep, he won!
With the million dollar win, Ronald said that he wouldn't have to work anymore. I know you might be thinking, "ya right, he's gonna go on a spending spree and blow it all." I don't think so, not Ronald. After the win, some of his friends expected him to start spending and asked him why he was still driving his old car when he was a lottery winner. Ronald would reply that there was nothing wrong with it, so he didn't need to buy a new car. The only big purchase that Ronald's expecting to make is to install air conditioning in his home. With the rest of the money, he just wants to make it grow.
Have a happy retirement, Ronald!