Homeless Man Wins Lotto: How Will Dennis Mahurin Spend $50,000?
One would think a homeless man who wins the lotto would immediately use the winnings to turn his own life around.
That's not the case, though, with 59-yer-old Dennis Mahurin of Illinois, who won $50,000 on Thursday scratching off a $3 ticket, according to reports. As CINewsNow.com notes, Mahurin, who's been living in the Bloomington homeless community since 1978, was shocked when he won the lotto but he quickly decided he would stay put where he is and spend his $50,000 on helping the rest of the community.
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"With all the other homeless people around here, I've made up my mind," Mahurin told the news outlet. "I'm going to give them each $100."
Mahurin said that he has eight homeless friends to whom he will pay his winnings forward and jokingly remarked that the number may go up with all of the new friends that are coming out of the woodwork. He'll have to divvy up well because after taxes, he will be left with about $35,000.
Still, Mahurin does plan to use the money for his own desires, such as visiting his sons out of state, getting dental work, putting some in savings, and maybe buying a new tent.
Those who know him say he's always been a good guy.
"It's quite exciting, when I got the phone call I was jumping up and down and mostly it was because of who it went to," said Sandra Rankin, a seven-year employee at the Circle K gas station where Mahurin bought the ticket, to ABC. "He has been coming out ever since I started here. He is a great guy, has an awesome sense of humor. I care deeply for him and he is a very decent gentleman. He comes into my store three to four times a day."
Illinois State Lottery spokesman Mike Lang said to ABC News that Mahurin had been driven by a friend's sister to the Illinois State Lottery in Springfield, Ill., to turn in his winning ticket.
"He sounded pretty upbeat," Lang said. "He told me he was going to buy a trailer home."
Lang also said Mahurin will receive a check for his $35,000 in about three to four weeks, but it will be sent to his friend's mother's house, since he does not have an address.
"We verify the win, we do not write the actual check," he said. "We process the ticket and confirm it is a winner and we send it to the comptroller."
Mahurin has twice won the lotto before, both $1,000 scratch-off tickets.
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