He spends many nights in the Aspen Homeless Shelter. "Michael has seen a bottom that pushed him right to the edge," shelter director Jeremy Kowalis told KUSA-TV in Denver, citing Engfors' struggles with divorce, alcoholism and losing his business. "Michael never gave up," Kowalis said. "He knew that if he kept pushing on, eventually his luck would change." And Engfors was right as of Friday, he's a Colorado lottery winner. Kowalis made it clear he doesn't believe Engfors spends $10 on a lottery ticket every day. But for whatever reason, Engfors serendipitously took the plunge last Friday. It paid off to the tune of $500,000 in winnings. "It's such a great story, and it's really inspired so many people, because out of all 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 shelter system," Kowalis added. The odds of winning the jackpot in "Eternal Splendor," the Colorado lottery for which Engfors purchased his ticket, are 1/840,000.
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