An elderly man who broke his hip en-route to buy a lottery ticket not only won the sympathy of hospital staff during his treatment—for he was disappointed he never made it to buy a ticket—but he ended up winning a $1 million lottery prize after staff included him in the hospital’s lottery pool.
Earl Livingston, of Blackwood, New Jersey, was on his way to a local store to buy a lottery ticket when he fell and broke his hip. After being taken to Jefferson Strateford Hospital, the 87-year-old shared with hospital staff about his disappointment.
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“He told them he was on his way to buy a lottery ticket and he was disappointed that he didn’t get it,” Livingston’s niece, Bobbie Mickle, told NBC10. “So they said, ‘Why don’t you go in with us? We’re also buying a lottery ticket.’”
With that, Livingston joined 141 hospital staff in the hospital’s lottery pool, in which each staff member had contributed $2.
They ended up winning a $1 million ticket, and each participant took home roughly $4,500 after taxes.
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Livingston’s nieces were skeptical at first, and wondered if the news was real.
“I didn’t believe him when I got here,” Mickle said. “I thought he was confused, maybe from pain meds. And then the staff came into the room and they were saying congratulations. And I was like, ‘Wow, he really did win.’”
His family members were most grateful to the staff’s assistance.
“I couldn’t believe it,” another niece, MaryAnn Bartnick, told CBS. “I kept saying that I could not believe, it’s just kind and nice and it’s nice to know there are still good people in this world. It’s wonderful we can’t thank them enough.”
“These people showed so much compassion,” Mickle told TODAY. “He really wanted this lottery ticket. They even put the money in for him. It’s just such a nice story.”
Joe Devine, president of Jefferson Health-New Jersey, praised his staff for going beyond their duties to help the elderly patient.
“This is a story of good fortune, but also of great people,” he said in a statement.
“When this gentleman expressed his disappointment around not having the chance to get a lottery ticket, our staff stepped in to brighten up his day. The team here goes above and beyond for their patients every day. This time, it happened to net an excellent reward for all!”
Needless to say, Livingston is very happy with his lot.
“I want to thank everybody,” Livingston told NBC10. “I appreciate very much and God bless you and have a happy, happy long life!”
A little kindness goes a long way. Livingston and his family will definitely remember the kindness they experienced for a long time to come!
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