A man won part of a $1 million lottery pool at a New Jersey hospital Tuesday after entering the pool when he broke his hip and was taken to the hospital.
Eighty-seven-year-old Blackwood resident Earl Livingston was walking to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket when he fell and broke his hip. An ambulance took him to Jefferson Stratford Hospital, NBC10 reported Wednesday.
After Livingston shared his story with staff members at the hospital, they offered to let him join their lottery pool, saying “Why don’t you go in with us? We’re also buying a lottery ticket,” according to NBC10.
Livingston won the $1 million jackpot along with 141 others who had entered into the pool.
“I didn’t believe him when I got here,” Livingston’s niece, Bobbie Mickle, told NBC10. “I thought he was confused, maybe from pain meds. And then the staff came into the room and they were saying congratulations,” Mickle said.
The man’s win comes after a ticket in South Carolina claimed the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday night, just missing the world record of nearly $1.6 billion for the largest lottery jackpot in history.
The record was set by the Powerball drawing in January 2016. (RELATED: Mega Millions Winner Just Barely Misses Out On Cash Prize World Record)
The Mega Millions jackpot failed to beat the 2016 Powerball record jackpot where three winners split the pot. However, on Tuesday, the South Carolina winner won the greatest individual crash prize in history.
Livingston expressed thanks to everyone at the hospital for allowing him to join their lottery drawing. “I want to thank everybody,” Livingston said, according to NBC10. “God bless you and have a happy, happy long life!”
Livingston is slated to get a hip replacement, NBC10 reported.
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