Monday, July 22, 2013
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Newest Kansas Lottery Millionaire is from Osawatomie
Nelson Worley, 43, of Osawatomie knows a lot about luck. Worley
was clinically dead a year and a half ago after going into cardiac
arrest. He was lucky enough to be brought back to life by a
Good Samaritan. Saturday night Worley experienced another
kind of luck when he matched the first five numbers in Powerball
and won $1,000,000!
"First and foremost, I'm lucky to be alive," Worley said.
"Winning a million dollars? I never expected that."
"It's his good karma coming back to him," said Shannon, Worley's
wife of 12 years. "He is a great husband, father and provider, and
he deserves this."
The winning numbers in the July 20 Powerball drawing were
14-25-27-38-58 Powerball 6. Had Worley matched the Powerball
number in addition to the other five numbers he matched, he would
have won a $141 million jackpot.
"I could complain, but why?" joked Kansas' newest
millionaire. "I'm quite happy."
Worley said he used to always let the computer pick his numbers
for him, but about a month ago he started to pick his own numbers,
too. His winning $4 ticket had two plays, one with numbers Worley
picked himself and the other with numbers picked by the computer
(Quick Pick). It was the Quick Pick play that won him the $1
Worley owns his own stucco contracting business, New LLC, in
Osawatomie. He and his wife have five children and one
grandchild between them. The Worleys plan to use their prize
money to pay off their house, buy a swing set and make some
Worley appreciates the opportunity to be able to plan for the
future. Memories of his cardiac arrest a year and a half ago
are still vivid. He was at a go-cart track in Olathe when his
heart stopped beating and he collapsed. Seeing Worley's
predicament, a young man jumped off his go-cart and came to
Worley's rescue, giving him CPR until first responders arrived.
"We never got that young man's name," Worley said. "But he saved
my life and gave me back my future." A future that
looks a little brighter financially, thanks to Worley's $1,000,000
Worley purchased his $1 million Powerball ticket at Casey's
General Store 1977, located at 400 Sixth Street in Osawatomie.
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