$2 Billion Powerball Jackpot Won by Immigrant Battling Cancer

May 1, 2024 10:33 am in by

In a heartwarming turn of events, the winner of the monumental $2 billion Powerball jackpot has been revealed as Cheng “Charlie” Saephan, a 46-year-old immigrant from Laos currently fighting cancer. Despite his health struggles, Saephan’s luck took a turn for the better when he discovered he held the winning ticket.

Living in Portland, Oregon (US) Saephan and his wife, Duanpen Saephan, are set to share the jackpot with a friend who chipped in $100 for tickets. Their decision to take the lump-sum payment of $645 million after taxes reflects their eagerness to use the winnings to provide for their family and address Saephan’s health needs.

Saephan, who has battled cancer for eight years, expressed his gratitude during a news conference held by the Oregon Lottery, emphasizing how the win has transformed his life. “I am grateful for the lottery and how I have been blessed,” he stated, highlighting his plans to secure medical care and ensure his family’s future.

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The heartwarming tale began with a simple ticket purchase at a Plaid Pantry convenience store in April, breaking a months-long streak without a jackpot winner. Saephan’s winning numbers – 22, 27, 44, 52, 69, with the red Powerball 9 – marked a historic moment for the Oregon Lottery.

While the win brings immense joy, Saephan remains grounded, expressing his intention to continue playing the lottery. “I might get lucky again,” he mused, showing optimism for the future.

Saephan’s story not only inspires hope but also underscores the power of resilience in the face of adversity. As he embarks on this new chapter, his journey serves as a reminder that fortune can smile upon anyone, regardless of their circumstances.