Scratching Off a Lotto Ticket

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(NEWSER) – The odds were 840,000 to 1, but Michael Engfors beat them, winning $500,000 on a lottery scratch-off ticket in Aspen, Colo., on Friday, NBC News reports. And "it couldn't happen to a better type of person," Jeremy Kowalis, a rep from a local homeless shelter, tells KUSA, noting that Engfors, said to be 60 or 61, has "seen a bottom that has pushed him right to the edge."

That "bottom" has included losing his business, seeing his marriage end, and dealing with alcoholism, leading him to the ranks of the homeless for more than six years.

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