Man who nearly died is now $1M lotto winner

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TOPEKA, KAN. – A 43-year old man from Osawatomie, Kan., is celebrating his good fortune, times two.

According to the Kansas Lottery, the winner of Saturday's $1 million jackpot was briefly clinically dead after suffering cardiac arrest a year and a half ago.

Nelson Worley, 43, matched the first five numbers in Powerball and won $1,000,000!

“First and foremost, I’m lucky to be alive,” Worley said. “Winning a million dollars?  I never expected that,” he said in a news release from the Kansas Lottery.

"Has it set in yet? Not really," Worley told FOX 4.

Worley was at a go-cart track in Olathe when his heart stopped beating and he collapsed.  Seeing Worley’s predicament, a young man jumped off his go-cart and came to Worley’s rescue, giving him CPR until first responders arrived. They never got the man's name.

“It’s his good karma coming back to him,” said Shannon, Worley’s wife of 12 years. “He is a great husband, father and provider, and he deserves this.”

Worley owns his own stucco contracting business.  He and his wife have five children and one grandchild between them.  The Worleys plan to use their prize money to pay off their house, buy a swing set and make some investments, they told the Kansas Lottery.

"I've always wanted a million dollars. I wish I had a million dollars -- and now I do."

Worley said he used to always let the computer pick his numbers for him, but about a month ago he started to pick his own numbers, too. His winning $4 ticket had two plays, one with numbers Worley picked himself and the other with numbers picked by the computer (Quick Pick).  It was the Quick Pick play that won him the $1 million.

Worley purchased his ticket at Casey’s General Store 1977, located at 400 Sixth Street in Osawatomie.

The winning numbers in the July 20 Powerball drawing were 14-25-27-38-58 Powerball 6.  Had Worley matched the Powerball number in addition to the other five numbers he matched, he would have won a $141 million jackpot.

“I could complain, but why?” joked Kansas’ newest millionaire.  “I’m quite happy.”

"He does nothing but good," Worley's wife, Shannon, said. "He's taken care of his family very well."

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