20-million-to-1 odd defied by an 85-year-old man
An 85-year-old man from New Jersey defied 20-million-to-1 odds on Saturday to win $1 Million just one day after his wife had been given the ‘all clear’ from cancer.
Harold McDowell placed a $5 bet which turned one million right in front of him after he bet on a 6-Card Bonus in Three Card Poker in the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.
McDowell was already on a high after finding out his wife had beaten both liver and colon cancers just 24 hours earlier.
“I happened to be playing next to my wife. I had my back to her. I turned around said, ‘I just won a million dollars,’” McDowell remembered, telling the New York Post.
“She told me, ‘You’re full of crap.’”
But he wasn’t joking, McDowell was speechless.
But he was not. When the news sunk in, he did not know how to react.
“I was dumbfounded,” he said.
“I sat there like an idiot.”
McDowell didn’t hesitate in identifying his favorite moment of those fateful 24 hours.
“It was better news that she’s healthy — money isn’t the most important thing,” he said. But “it must be luck of the Irish,” McDowell said.
“They’re both great news.”
Despite the Casino taking more than $200,000 in taxes from the winnings, the couple still walks away with a hefty sum.
They say they will give the money to their children, after spoiling themselves a little.
“Our lives will probably stay pretty much the same. But it might get better for our children,” he said.
“Maybe we’ll take a cruise.”