For over six years, Michael Engfors has been homeless. After struggling with alcoholism, going through a tough divorce and losing his business, looks like things are about to turn around for good for him.
On Friday, the 60-year-old’s routine of buying scratch tickets finally paid off… literally! The Colorado resident reportedly realized he had won $500,000 dollars as soon as he scratched the first number!
Then on Monday, the director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter brought him to the Grand Junction lottery office so he could claim his half-million dollar prize!
According to the Colorado Lottery, the odds of claiming the top prize in the “Eternal Splendor” game are 840,000 to 1! Amazing! Michael had bought the winning $10 ticket at a local gas station but the clerk explained that he usually never won more than two dollars at a time.
“It’s such a great story. 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.” Shelter employee Jeremy Kowalis said “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.”