Tragedy strikes twice after Ohio man wins $1 million in Powerball: ‘I’d give it back in a heartbeat’​

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Charles ‘Tom’ DeBord won the Powerball back in March of 2015, winning $1 million for him and his family.

He hit five numbers, but couldn’t read the ticket, so he handed it to his wife Cheryl, according to WCMH.

“All of a sudden she started screaming and hollering and yelling and everything,” he said.

Charles was retired and the money meant he and Cheryl would be able to live comfortably going forward.

But then things took a terrible turn.

Cheryl was battling cancer for the ninth time, but this time doctors said she wouldn’t make it.

The family was able to come together one last time.  “Why don’t we set up a time when we can get all your kids here and then we’ll shut the medicine off and we can let her pass,” Charles told WCMH.

Tragedy struck again when their son, Bill, died of a massive heart attack just two days after Cheryl’s funeral.

Charles and Cheryl were married for more than 51 years and he said he would gladly give up the money for his loved ones to be back with him. “I’d give it back in a heartbeat.”

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