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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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. jessica

    Aw i am so happy when things like this happen to people who are extremely down on luck!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ole lady

    Nice to hear people having good luck. Refreshing.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JAZZ


    April 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JAZZ


    April 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dim Mak

    Boy Howdy?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      She must be old. Dern tootin'.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. American Idiot

    That was my dollar! I was planning to buy a snickers bar. Now I want half the money. Or 75,000 snickers bars.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Got nothing better to do

    More bad reporting by CNN. What kind of dog was it? Which direction did he spin his chair? What phase was the moon in? If you are going to tell only half the story, don't bother posting it, CNN.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moodgirl

      Americans really don't use the word "gobsmacked", as it ..."was gobsmacked by his stroke of luck." Sickening.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ole lady

    Good afternoon JAZZ. Hope all is well.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    Unemployed and 'down payment on a house'? Isn't giving houses to people who can't pay what got us into this mess?

    April 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MskarenL

      My thoughts exactly. Down payment on a house? If you don't have a job or regular income, that means you can't afford a house!! You'll be facing foreclosure in 2-5 years. Unbelievable. Some people will NEVER learn!!

      April 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. American Idiot

    I just noticed. He looks like David Caruso. He's even got his head tilted for some reason.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    This guy lost his job and unempolyment was running out...he wins a measely 150k and he is gonna buy a house???? dude you don't have a fing job you moron. I hope he gets foreclosed on.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marry

    Congratulation and I am very happy for you. But buying a house? Think it over – perhaps rent a nice little apartment and do not put yourself back into the old stress!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. guest

    Hi blogging where are you my love, don't hide from me, I have what you like, let's show these people were not afraid of saying we are gays

    April 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Xenomorph


    April 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Narth

    Rejoin the human race. Your disease has a cure.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
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