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Colorado homeless man wins $500,000 in lottery

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GGStarlings's avatar - skinalien
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Posted: December 10, 2015, 10:04 pm - IP Logged

Wow, what a great story!  Congrats Mr. Engfors!

La Maga Della Spaziometria

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    Posted: December 10, 2015, 11:47 pm - IP Logged

    I would gladly give up five times his winnings for one more chance to share time and space with my dad.  If money can bring dad and daughter back together, may the Angels intervene to help grant his wish.

      Candy-Lane's avatar - yocco

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      Posted: December 17, 2015, 6:19 pm - IP Logged

      So far, this is my favorite "feel good" story this Christmas season.


       Many Congrats to the lucky lottery winner!

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        Posted: December 26, 2015, 9:41 am - IP Logged

        I hope he spends it well so he wont go homeless anymore. Smile

        You gotta be in it to win it! Hurray!

          CSense's avatar - villiarna
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          Posted: December 26, 2015, 10:32 am - IP Logged

          Congratulations to Michael Engfors.BananaParty

          Good things really do comes to people who waited with patience.Blue AngelBig Grin Angel

          Always pay forward, it's a good start in life that make everybody happy.

            Bondi Junction
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            December 24, 2007
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            Posted: December 26, 2015, 4:53 pm - IP Logged

            A Colorado man who had been homeless for more than six years finally got a little bit of luck Friday when he won $500,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket.

            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.

            "Michael has seen a bottom that has pushed him right to the edge," Jeremy Kowalis with the Aspen Homeless Shelter said. "But Michael never gave up. He knew that if he kept pushing on, eventually his luck would change."

            His luck did, indeed, change drastically on Friday. He purchased a lottery ticket, scratched off the very first number, and realized he won $500,000.

            "It's such a great story, and 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, that's for sure," Kowalis said. "I don't think he normally spends $10 a day on a lottery ticket. But he did that day, and it sure paid off."

            After verifying that he actually won $500,000 at a gas station on Main St., Engfors went to Saint Mary Catholic Church where he spent one final weekend sleeping on the floor. He then shared the news with a small group of people.

            "I asked him what he was gonna do, and he said he wanted to get some skis and he really wanted to connect with his daughter who he hadn't seen in over 20 years," Kowalis said. "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."

            Engfors plans to purchase a plane ticket to go visit his daughter, wherever she may be.

            The director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter drove Engfors to Grand Junction Monday to begin the process of collecting his earnings.

            News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

            Thanks to Crazy Wombat for the tip.

            I hope he gets independent, professional legal and financial advice. This is the last chance saloon, I hope he doesn't squander it.

            We all get a lot out of lotteries!

              Bondi Junction
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              December 24, 2007
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              Posted: December 26, 2015, 9:29 pm - IP Logged

              I am happy for him. I just wish state lotteries would put the safety and security, including the financial security of winners first, especially in cases like this. 


              Who benefits from his identity being revealed? Certainly not the winner, it makes him a sitting duck. I hope he will be strong enough to resist all the requests for "help". I also hope he is smart enough to resist all the "investment opportunities", that will be offered to him.

              We all get a lot out of lotteries!