Big surprise for hard-luck couple
David Loomis of Columbus, Ohio, was gobsmacked by his stroke of luck.
April 7th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Big surprise for hard-luck couple

Just when things look hopeless, sometimes an unexpected breakthrough happens.

Just ask David and Beth Loomis of Columbus, Ohio.

David Loomis lost his job last year, and his unemployment benefits were about to expire. But while Beth Loomis was walking their dog Tuesday morning, she found a dollar and thought, "I guess this might be our lucky day," she told CNN affiliate WBNS.

Boy howdy.

Ohio Lottery officials had invited the couple to come to lottery headquarters to pick up a hat and cup consolation prize from a 2010 drawing.

What they didn't tell the Loomises was that there also was a $150,000 check waiting for them from a lottery ticket David Loomis had bought last year.

When the surprise check was presented, David Loomis gaped at his wife, then spun his chair halfway around, speechless. Then both husband and wife wept.

They plan to use the money to pay off bills and perhaps make a down payment on a house, Beth Loomis told WBNS.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    How did they know he had a ticket? How did they know? When you buy a ticket it does not have your name on it. This does not sound right. They called him, I have never had a place call me when I win.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joel Raes

    Wow.. nice stoke of luck for someone perhaps in need.


    Joel Raes

    April 8, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
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