Dennis 'Double D" Mahurin stuck it rich recently when he won $50,000 off of a scratch-off lottery ticket. But instead of having the check mailed to his house, he's having it mailed to a friend's house, because Dennis lives in a tent with no address.
The 59-year-old has been homeless for more than20 years, living on next to nothing. He says most days he spends his time searching for food and money, but one day last week he found a lot more than he ever expected when he took in his ticket to a local Circle K gas station in Bloomington. He was happy enough when thought it was worth $1,000, but when the clerk said it was a $50,000 winner, they were both blown away.
He told CINewsNow:
I scratched it off right here in my tent. I thought it was a thousand dollars. She said, 'Nope.' I said, 'Oh, I messed up didn't?' She said it was fifty thousand, and I almost fell over.
Amazing. So now he can go rent an apartment, or maybe move into a hotel for awhile, right?
Nope, not Double D. He plans to stay right where he is. Oh, he says he might buy a new tent, but he says he's "happy as can be in my nature." He's also going to make some others around him happy too, as he plans to give $100 to some of his fellow homeless friends.
What a nice guy. He truly seems happy with the life he's living, and isn't going to let a little money get in his way. So often we see people win huge sums of money, and then their lives fall apart. Dennis, however, seems content with his life as it is. He told the station:
I've always been Dennis, for 59 years. I'm gonna keep on being Dennis.
Right on, Dennis.
What would you do if you won $50,000?
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