TICKER: Good Deeds: Man volunteers to help Hurricane Sandy victims and ends up winning lottery
For one man who travelled from Chicago to New Jersey to help clean up after Hurricane Sandy, the good karma from the effort cashed itself in early.
According to ABC Chicago, John Turner, 38, runs National Catastrophe Solutions of Chicago, a local water removal business.
Last week, Turner and his staff travelled to the Northeast to help the distressed owners of flooded homes, including some for free.
On Sunday, Turner had finished a long day of cleaning up in New Jersey when he bought a Championship Poker scratch ticket that turned out to be a winner. The ticket was worth $100,000, My Fox Philly reported.
“I showed the card to my buddies, and we all couldn’t believe it,” Turner said. “I was overjoyed and had tears in my eyes. I’m still just trying to take it all in.”
He said he plans to invest some money in his business, with the rest going to good causes.
“A portion of it, we’re going to donate it to someone or some family that’s in need,” he told ABC Chicago.
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“We are very grateful that John has given his time and skills to help the people dealing with the challenges brought on by Sandy and that New Jersey is giving a memorable thank you back to him,” New Jersey’s lottery director said in a statement.
Turner, who was born in New Jersey, said his thoughts are with those still affected by the hurricane. Even after hitting the jackpot, he stuck around to lend a hand.
“I couldn’t think of anybody better to win it than John,” employee Joshua Rivera told ABC Chicago.