Veteran In Need Of Kidney Transplant Accidentally Wins Lottery

In Life by Emma Jones , on Monday, January 23, 2012, 5:26 AM (PST)


Wisconsin Man Will Buy Health Insurance With His $14.5 Million

Kicking off our Monday morning with some good news. Well, not so much for us, but for one Wisconsin man who won a $14.5 million Megabucks lottery prize. The jackpot haul came just in time for Napolean Elvord, an ailing veteran in need of a kidney transplant.

As the Wisconsin State Journal reports, the winning ticket was bought from a Mobil station, but nobody came forward to claim the prize for three days. Elvord was a regular customer at the store, which in his opinion, sold "one of the best coffees in Madison."

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Despite queries from the store workers, Elvord said he wasn't the lucky winner, but as days passed with no one coming forward to claim the millions, he was asked again. Elvord then took his ticket to the Wisconsin Lottery office, where he was told that he was now a multi-millionaire. The first thing he's going to buy? Health insurance and a move back to the warmer climate of his native Texas.

Elvord has been receiving dialysis for five years and is waiting for a kidney. He opted to take the lump sum prize option, meaning that after taxes, he will receive $6.87 million. Not too shabby considering he didn't intend to play in the first place.

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Elvord told the Wisconsin State Journal that he had let another customer go ahead of him before buying his computer-generated numbers. He says: "I think it was a mistake because I was trying to play the Powerball."

Hope his luck continues and that a kidney donor is found. When you have your health, you're truly rich beyond your wildest dreams.

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Comments (2)
Posted By pam (2 years ago)
I have had 2 kidney transplants. Medicare will pay for ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease). The patient or family member needs to talk to the Social Security Association. This man is on Kidney Dialysis, the federal goverment is picking up that tab. He should know this, the diaylsis center would tell him this and he would be put on a list to find a donor. I was blessed with relatives that were more then ready to give me a kidney when I needed one. Having health Insurance will not move him up on the transplant list. You can not buy a kidney, legally, in the United States of America. I had my transplants at excellent hospitals and had excellent care. 1st kidney from my brother lasted 23 years, had that surgery at Emory Hospital in Atlanta; 2nd transplant from my 70 year old mother is still working after 8 years, had that transplant at Florida Hospital Orlando in Orlando, Florida. Don't give up, just do the homework and get with the Social Worker at your diaylsis center. Good Luck and God Bless
Posted By gomezaddams (2 years ago)
He looks like an old homeless drunk. I hope that it isn't the case.
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