Homeless man in Aspen wins $500,000 on lottery ticket

ASPEN – A man who has been very much down on his luck for the past six years can now be considered incredibly lucky.

Michael Engfors, 60, was born and raised in Aspen. After struggling with alcoholism, losing his business, and getting a divorce, he has been homeless for more than six years.

“Michael has seen a bottom that has pushed him right to the edge,” Jeremy Kowalis with the Aspen Homeless Shelter said. “But Michael never gave up. He knew that if he kept pushing on, eventually his luck would change.”

His luck did, indeed, change drastically on Friday. He purchased a lottery ticket, scratched off the very first number, and realized he won $500,000.

Read the full story here: www.9news.com/story/news/local/2015/12/07/homeless-man-wins-big-on-lotto-ticket/76956044/

28 comments
Ry Beckloff
Ry Beckloff

Get a house first dummy....Not skies! This is probably why his daughter doesn't want anything to do with him for 20 years because he's a self involved bull chit artist.

Angela Natalie
Angela Natalie

Homeless & Panhandling are two different things...just saying In addition:Why would you post this on Facebook? I volunteer & give to this charity,he should be giving back to the community as well as in maybe working for Goodwill for those in need.

Lidia Spaw Hassell
Lidia Spaw Hassell

Hardly. It's easy to be homeless up there. The cheapest places for a studio is $2000/month.

Cheryl Nelson Klarich
Cheryl Nelson Klarich

My first thought....how can he buy 10.00 lottery tickets if he's in a homeless shelter??? But good for him I hope it turns his life around in a positive way.

Mary Ehmke
Mary Ehmke

You don't know this for a fact, do you. Be happy for the guy. Damn!!

Ruth Hartsell
Ruth Hartsell

The roaring fork valley has a homeless problem just like everywhere else. Not everybody who lives in Aspen is wealthy.

Jeff Muro
Jeff Muro

I was gonna say he felt shame. Or maybe he didn't have a quater to call or an address to receive mail

Ruby Starr
Ruby Starr

I was homeless in Aspen back in the 70s. I learned folks would give you spare change for beer but not food.

Stephan Sanchez
Stephan Sanchez

He didnt talk to his daughter cuz hes a drunk who is in and out of jail....9 news put him on blast lol

James Ornelas
James Ornelas

It's a damn shame he'll probably drink most of that money up!

Andrew Friesen
Andrew Friesen

The story quotes a guy who works at a homeless shelter in Aspen...

Andrew Friesen
Andrew Friesen

If you read the story, it quotes a guy who works at a homeless shelter in Aspen...

Frank McClure
Frank McClure

Homeless in Aspen. I find that hard to believe. Where? At the Jerome Hotel? :)

Janet Canales
Janet Canales

why was money the reason he didnt talk to his daughter?