An Indiana man who has been homeless and living in a makeshift tent since 1978 recently purchased a scratch-off lottery ticket that made him $50,000 richer, reports Yahoo News.
But Bloomingdale resident Dennis Mahurin surprised many by claiming that he had no interest in using his newfound wealth to move from his tent residence and into a more traditional house.
“I scratched it off right here in my tent,” Mahurin told CINewsNow.
Mahurin says he has been quite content as a tent dweller but may use some of his winnings, which amount to about $35,000 after taxes are paid, to purchase a newer tent. But he has no desire to exchange his current way of life for all the expenses and hassles of being a homeowner.
In thinking about what he did want to do with his winnings, Mahurin reports that having some necessary dental work done, as well as financing a trip to visit his son and starting a savings account were all part of his game plan.
In addition, Mahurin acknowledged that there were many homeless neighbors of his who were in financial need and that he would be presenting at least eight other homeless men with gifts of $100 each, guessing that he would find many new friends once word of his winnings spread.
“With all the other homeless people around here, I’ve made up my mind,” he said. “I’m gonna give them each $100.”
“He’s a very, very nice guy. He’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met,” said Emmarie Cross an employee at the Circle K where Mahurin bought his winning ticket. “I’ve been telling everybody, this couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”
Homeless man wins lottery but wants to stay in his tent