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This homeless man has just won €450,000 on a scratchcard

He had been staying at a homeless shelter in Aspen, Colorado.

aspen homeless shelter Michael Engfors

A HOMELESS MAN has won $500,000 (€457,000) on the lottery in the United States.

Michael Engfors, from Colorado, scooped his winnings from a $10 scratchcard that he bought at a petrol station.

The 60-year-old had been staying at the Aspen Homeless Shelter when he hit the jackpot over the weekend.

He became homeless after losing his business and going through a divorce, and is now hoping to reconnect with a daughter that he hasn’t seen for the past twenty years.

Speaking to NBC’s 9 News, Jeremy Kowalis from the shelter said, “Michael has seen the bottom that has pushed him right to the edge. But Michael never gave up. He knew that if he kept pushing on, eventually his luck would change”.

It couldn’t happen to a better type of person.

He bought the ticket at a petrol station and spent the weekend at the shelter, before telling a small group of people.

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