NFL Star J.J. Watt Announces Engagement to Soccer Player Kealia Ohai

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai made their engagement official on Sunday.

The couple, from their respective accounts, tweeted pictures of Watt proposing to Ohai.

“I’m the luckiest man in the world. #SheSaidYes,” Watt tweeted.

“I love you @JJWatt,” Ohai tweeted.

Ohai was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft, according to her profile on the Dash’s website.

Prior to the draft, the Draper, Utah, native played at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her profile on the school’s 2013 roster says she was a journalism and mass communications major.

Watt has been playing in the NFL since 2011 and has played his entire career with the Texans.

Watt is also known for his philanthropy. After Hurricane Harvey devastated areas around Houston and the Gulf Coast in August 2017, Watt raised more than $37 million for victims of the floods and damage the storm left behind.

He was awarded the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his efforts. The award honors a player’s charity and volunteer work.

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It’s an age-old dinner party conversation piece: what would you do if you won the lottery? Well, for the anonymous South Carolina “Mega Millions” jackpot winner, fantasy meets reality. She’s donating a sizeable portion of her humongous prize win to charity.

The Mega Millions jackpot-winning-ticket seller joins in the celebrations (Jim Watson/Getty Images/AFP)

The winner’s lawyer, Jason Kurland, released a statement. He shared that she was driving on Highway 417, noticed signs for the jackpot outside a KC Mart in Simpsonville, and pulled over, in a spur of the moment, to buy a ticket. Little did she know that her life would soon change irrevocably. She “never once [thought] she had the slightest chance to win,” Kurland continued.

The morning after the big draw, the soon-to-be jackpot winner checked her ticket and could barely believe her eyes. “She stared motionless at the ticket for what felt like hours,” Kurland reported. “Then came the jumping and screams of joy.”

“I do realize that such good fortune carries a tremendous social responsibility,” the winner revealed in a statement to Inside Edition, “and it gives me a unique opportunity to assist, support, and contribute to charities and causes that are close to my heart.”

In particular, the now-multimillionaire has chosen to donate to an American Red Cross relief fund for victims of the recent Alabama tornado outbreak.

Alabama is no stranger to the wrath of the tornado. Most recently, a string of devastating tornadoes tore through the center of the southeastern state in March of 2019, ripping up everything in their paths, killing 23 people, and leaving numerous families disbanded. The American Red Cross themselves described the painful aftermath of the tornadoes as “as real and as raw as it gets.”

Volunteers walk with local residents in Beauregard, Alabama, after the tornado of March 6, 2019 (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
A family made homeless after the tornado in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on May 1, 2011 (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

After generously donating a “substantial amount,” according to Kurland, the winner added that her personal ambition is to “live a life of relative normalcy, free of fear.” Remaining anonymous is one way to help achieve that goal.

Kurland supports his client’s decision. The savvy lawyer also warned winners to sign their tickets quickly, hold on to them, and make sure they are the ones who present the ticket in order to claim their winnings.

The ability to donate life-changing sums of money to worthy causes is an extraordinary privilege. A $1.5 billion Mega Millions ticket is not something you want to lose in the laundry!

Epoch Times reporter Louise Bevan contributed to this article.

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