Lucky break: Man injured trying to buy lotto ticket, joins hospital pool, wins $1 million

Man Injured Trying to Buy Lotto Ticket, Joins Hospital Pool, Wins $1 Million

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — Like so many others hoping for their chance at $1.6 billion, Earl Livingston made his way to the store Tuesday to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket.

But instead of striking it rich, the 87-year-old fell on the way and broke his hip.

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He was telling his hardscrabble story at the hospital where he was taken when a physician’s assistant asked him to join their lotto pool with 141 others.

They ended up winning $1 million, WCAU reported.

"I want to thank everybody," Livingston told WCAU. "I appreciate very much and God bless you and have a happy, happy long life!"