Homeless man wins lottery in the US
A Colorado man who has been homeless for the past six years is now the holder of at least US$300 000 after he purchased a winning lottery ticket with money he earned from doing odd jobs for people, the Associated Press reports.
Sixty-one-year-old Michael Engfors used $10 to purchase a scratch ticket on Friday and realised that he was the lucky winner of $500 000.
He spent the weekend in a homeless shelter, securing his winning ticket in his back pocket.
Engfors reportedly tried to keep his winnings a secret and turned down multiple interview requests from newspapers.
However news of his winning has been spreading fast in the resort town of Aspen, where he lives on the street.
On Monday, Vince Savage who owns the shelter where Engfors slept, accompanied him to collect his winnings at a lottery claim office.
Savage said he is unsure of the exact figure Engfors collected after taxes, however, he believes it is between $300 000 and $500 000.
Engfors, who was a construction worker, lost his home during the recession and has been earning a living by doing odd jobs for people in the popular resort town, Aspen.
He now plans to use his winnings to find his long lost daughter who is in her 20s and mend the relationship.