In an incredible twist of fate, this 87-year-old’s misfortune has resulted in a huge financial windfall.
Earl Livingston was walking to a store in Blackwood, New Jersey last week to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket when he fell and broke his hip.
After he was taken to Jefferson Stratford Hospital, he told his story to the nurses and expressed his disappointment about how he had not gotten to buy a ticket.
One of the nurses then asked if he would like to join their employee lottery pool which included 141 other workers.
Livingston obliged – and it’s a good thing that he did, because the pool ended up winning a $1 million jackpot.
The staff have since told news outlets that they believe Livingston was their good luck charm – and upon telling him the good news, they said that seeing the smile on his face was payment enough.
“I didn’t believe him when I got here,” one of Livingston’s nieces told NBC10. “I thought he was confused, maybe from pain meds. And then the staff came into the room and they were saying congratulations. And I was like, ‘Wow, he really did win.’”
(WATCH the interview below) – Photo by Jefferson Health
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