Michael Engfors, age 61, had been tagged as homeless and roamed the streets for 6 years when he then decided to purchase the Eternal Splendour scratchcard that would change his life forever.
Michael was born and raised in Aspen. After losing his business and his home, and after his divorce, Michael had been terribly down in the dumps.
Little did he know that his luck would change dramatically on December 4, 2015 (Friday) after spending $10 on the Eternal Splendour scratchcard at a gas station in Aspen, Colorado.
The odds of getting this lucky winning ticket are 840,000 to 1.
Michael, who admitted he was a struggling alcoholic, initially kept the win to himself and humbly decided to spend his final night sleeping on the floor inside the Saint Mary Catholic Church in Aspen.
He has currently reported that he would want to use some of the money to buy some skis. He also would like to reconnect with his daughter who he had not seen for more than 20 years, now that he's got a little bit more means to do so. He plans to buy a plane ticket and visit his daughter, wherever she might be.
A worker at the Aspen Homeless Shelter named Jeremy Kowalis stated that, "Michael has seen a 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. I don't think he normally spends $10 a day on a lottery ticket. But he did that day, and it sure paid off."
Kowalis added, "It's such a great story, and 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, that's for sure."