He Donated a Few Dollars to a Homeless Man—The Next Day, He Wins $200,000

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Random acts of kindness do pay off.

A man in Idaho bought lottery tickets after donating money to a homeless man. He won $200,000.
“Wow, talk about Karma!” Brandon Sedin said.

Sedin stopped at a local mall in Boise for some after-work shopping Monday evening and found a homeless man on a street corner. He gave him a few dollars.

After that, Sedin went into a food store where he thought it’d be a good idea to buy some scratch-and-win tickets.

“I don’t play that often, but I just felt I should pick some up,” Sedin said.

Sedin’s winning was the last top prize in the game, called Juggernaut Jackpot. He said he plans to save and invest the money.

Other Lucky Winners

A North Carolina man who was diagnosed recently with cancer is planning to travel the world after he won a $250,000 lottery prize.

Richard Beare of Charlotte couldn’t believe his luck when he made a stop at a convenience store to get a Powerball ticket two weeks ago.

“I rarely play the lottery,” Beare told NC Education Lottery. “I only stopped because my wife asked me to get a Powerball ticket since the jackpot was so high.”

While at the store, Beare decided to also buy some scratch-off tickets. He purchased four Carolina Black tickets in total.

“The fourth one was the winner,” the retired automotive mechanic said.

“When I saw that I had matching numbers, I asked her, ‘What does it mean if I match the numbers?’ She said it meant I won a prize. I told her, ‘Well, I guess we just won $250,000 then.’ She was in shock and just kept looking back and forth to me and the ticket.”

Beare went to the lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim his prize on April 1. He took home $176,876, an amount after taxes. The $5 ticket launched in the last month with four top prizes of $250,000. Two top prizes remain.

“This feels great,” Beare said. “It’s such a relief.”

Beare said he would use the money to travel to Italy with his wife.

“I recently got diagnosed with stage four liver cancer,” he said. “I want to travel while I can still enjoy myself. My wife has always wanted to go to Italy, since that’s where her descendants are from. Now I can take her.”

A screen displays the value of the Powerball jackpot at a store in New York City
A screen displays the value of the Powerball jackpot at a store in New York City, U.S. on Aug. 22, 2017. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

In a similar story last month, An Arkansas woman won a $150,000 Powerball prize just one month after losing her house to a fire, crediting God for the winnings.

LeAndra Clay bought the winning ticket in West Helena for the March 23 drawing.

“I first discovered that I was a winner Monday evening,” she told the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. “Unfortunately I couldn’t double check my ticket due to the fact that I don’t have electricity in the shed where I’ve been living since my house was destroyed by the fire.”

When she was able to get online and double check the winning numbers on March 26, Clay’s first thought was: “He’s an on-time God.”

“I don’t have much family left and kept telling my friends that I have the faith of a mustard seed. I knew that God would bless me soon,” she added.

LeAndra Clay poses for a picture after winning a $150,000 Powerball prize. (Arkansas Scholarship Lottery)

Clay said she was going to spend the money on a new house and car after she paid tithes, a Christian tradition of paying a certain percentage of the money one makes.

The lottery noted that Clay’s ticket would have been only $50,000 but it was tripled after she paid an additional dollar for the Power Play.

A woman buys a Powerball lottery ticket at a newsstand in New York City, on Jan. 12, 2016. (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

Epoch Times reporter Janita Kan, NTD News reporter Zachary Stieber and The CNN wire contributed to this report.

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