High school football scores: Regional Finals

Homeless man wins $500,000 on lottery ticket

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ASPEN, Colo.– A homeless man in Colorado spent one more night sleeping on a church floor before sharing the news he won big on a scratch-off lottery ticket.

Sixty-year-old Michael Engfors has been homeless for more than six years, but those who know him said he never gave up. He bought the ticket Friday and quickly realized he won $500,000.

“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,” Jeremy Kowalis, with the Aspen Homeless Shelter, told 9 News.

“I don’t think he normally spends $10 a day on a lottery ticket. But he did that day, and it sure paid off.”

Engfors said he hopes to reconnect with his daughter he has not seen in more than 20 years. He also plans to buy a house and new skis.