Every once in a while, a crazy lottery headline captures everyone’s attention and becomes a viral sensation for a week or two, but only the rare few keep being re-told in years to come. One of them is a story of an Australian truck driver Bill Morgan, who won an impressive $250.000 cash reward after being clinically dead for 14 minutes.
Back in 1997, Mr. Morgan had a bad accident at work and was given a medicine that caused an extreme allergic reaction. He was clinically dead for 14 minutes, and after the doctors got his heart going again, the man spent 12 days in a coma and miraculously survived without any brain damage or long-term consequences. After this near-death experience, Morgan decided to turn his life around – he quit his job, and got engaged with his long-time girlfriend Lisa Wells.
This story doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the lottery so far, but hang in there. In order to celebrate his engagement, he decided to buy a scratch-off ticket and ended up winning a car that would be worth around $24.000 today. Since he survived a lot prior to the lotto win, Morgan’s story attracted local Melbourne journalists, who decided to do a news report on him.
In order to make it more interesting, they’ve asked him to do a re-enactment of his winning scratch and the lucky man happily obliged. Instead of looking at the camera and saying something like, “I just won a car” he told reporters that he netted $250.000 – it turned out that the ticket he bought in order to film the feature was also the winning one. He immediately called his fiancée to share the news about his latest lottery prize, which allowed them to buy a house and start their new life together.