Elderly man falls and breaks hip on the way to buy lotto ticket, joins hospital's pool, wins $1 million lottery instead
One of the employees at the hospital felt sad for the injured old man and invited him to join the 141 hospital staff members in the hospital lottery pool and his luck struck gold!
An elderly man in New Jersey thought he was going to be lucky the day he stepped out to go buy a lottery ticket but unfortunately, lady luck wasn't on his side just yet. While on his way to buy the ticket, 87-year-old Earl Livingston from Blackwood, New Jersey, had a fall and broke his hip. The elderly man was rushed to the Jefferson Stratford Hospital and told the medical staff in complete dismay that he was about to buy a lottery ticket before his fall but never made it.
NBC 10 reported that one of the employees at the hospital felt sad for the man and invited him to join the 141 hospital staff members in the hospital lottery pool. Bobbie Mickle, Livingston's niece, told the news outlet: "He told them he was on his way to buy a lottery ticket and he was disappointed that he didn’t get it. So they said, 'Why don’t you go in with us? We’re also buying a lottery ticket'."
Employees at a South Jersey hospital entered a lottery pool and won $1million. But there was one patient included too. His story of breaking a hip on the way to buy a ticket, followed by a physician assistant’s kindness is on @NBCPhiladelphia at 11 tonight pic.twitter.com/7tbXOgGNrX— Drew Smith (@drewsmithtv) October 25, 2018
Even though Livingston did not have an opportunity to win the Mega Millions jackpot of $1.537 billion, only one winning ticket was sold to a person in South Carolina and the pool at the hospital was a good $1 million. When the concerned niece arrived at the hospital after her uncle's fall, she told him that she did not believe him about the lottery. She told the outlet: "I thought he was confused, maybe from pain meds. And then the staff came into the room and they were saying congratulations."
Mickle continued with absolute amazement: "And I was like, ‘Wow, he really did win'." Livingston finally got to have a say in all the excitement that surrounded his surprise win in the hospital lottery. He told NBC 10 that he wants to "thank everybody". He continued: "I appreciate very much and God bless you and have a happy, happy long life!"