Dennis Mahurin — who lives in a tent and has no fixed address — won the money inside the Circle K convenience store in Bloomington, Ill., ABC News reports.
Pastor Greg Davis was in the store when Mahurin won. “I was standing behind him and he asked, well did I win anything? The lady who was working there, her eyes were as big as saucers. She goes you won $50,000. Dennis looked dumbfounded. He didn’t say anything and then he asked, are you sure and she said yes I am sure,” Davis told ABC News.
A spokesman for the Illinois State Lottery said Mahurin was driven to the headquarters in Springfield to register his win. The comptroller of the lottery will mail a check to the address of the mother of a friend of Mahurin since he doesn’t have an address.
Mahurin will collect about $35,000 after taxes are deducted. With the money, he plans to visit his grandchildren who live out of state and buy himself a trailer.