Retired veteran claims $1 million Powerball ticket in Madison

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A New Jersey man walking to buy a lottery ticket for this week's massive Mega Millions jackpot fell and broke his hip, but the trip to the hospital turned into his lucky break.

While the Brooks' ticket did not match all the numbers in this week's historic $1.6 billion drawing, it matched enough to earn the couple $1 million - a fact Kelley learned after she received another text from Larry. But at Jefferson Stratford Hospital, he was invited to join the hospital staff's lottery pool. That's because the odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million. The pool featured a $1 million winning ticket.

The man's niece thought Uncle Earl was a little loopy when he told her.

The patient was brought to the hospital after he'd been hurt trying to buy a lottery ticket, so the employees, while taking care of his injuries, also took care of getting him a ticket.


The next morning, her husband called her and said simply: "You won!"

"I still feel the same way", she said when she picked up her big check. "And then the staff came into the room and they were saying congratulations".

"I want to thank everybody", Livingston said.

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