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From Clinically Dead to Lottery Winner, Man Beats the Odds

Posted August 30, 2007
Updated August 31, 2007

— Wallace Terry had never won a thing in his life. This past year, in particular, had been tough for the 69-year-old.

Just one year ago, Terry was rushed to the hospital after suffering a serious heart attack. Doctors pronounced him clinically dead, but he survived.

One year later, almost to the day, his fortune took a different turn.

Every week, Terry played $10 on the Powerball lottery game. He stayed up late to watch the drawing Wednesday and got quite a surprise as he watched the numbers appear.

“I saw the first two was right,” Terry said. "I moved my thumb to the next one, and the third one was right. I moved to the fourth, and it was right. I just shut my eyes, (then) looked down and saw the fifth one was right.”

Terry matched all five white balls, though not the Powerball. It was enough, however, to win him $200,000. He called his kids, his brothers and his sisters. No one could believe it.

It was the second time Terry said his heart skipped a beat. The first time nearly killed him.

“[My wife] said, ‘You stay right there. I am going to call the rescue squad,'” Terry said, recalling the day he had a heart attack.

The doctor was able to bring him back. Terry's number wasn't up until a year later with his lottery win.

He chose the winning numbers at random. After taxes, Terry took home $136,000. He and his wife plan on using the money to make renovations to their home.


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  • clayton mia Aug 31, 2007

    feel good news pops thru every now and agian thru the filters

  • Chuck U Farley Aug 31, 2007

    Ahh, another story to give people false hope of winning the lottery and encourage them to waste their money.

    NEWSFLASH: You're seven times more likely to be hit by lightning.

  • bluedevl... Aug 31, 2007

    "He and his wife plan on using the money to make renovations to their home."

    Wallace, here are some words of advise... You survived a heart attack that left you clinically dead for a least a moment.

    With that being said...forget the house and GO ON VACATION!!!

  • RainierBeer Aug 31, 2007

    Good for him!

  • Network dude Aug 31, 2007

    I was once told the lottery was a tax on people who were bad at math. It is a funny saying but I play sometimes. Im glad this man did. It's nice to hear good news like this. Good luck in the future. You already have good luck now.

  • carolinahome Aug 31, 2007

    TruthBKnown- i think you need to look up the definition ofgambling.

  • Mom of two Aug 31, 2007

    What a wonderful story.

  • TruthBKnown Aug 31, 2007

    Someone wrote: "Isn't the Lord amazing!!!! What a wonderful blessing!"

    I never knew the Lord was into helping gamblers win.

  • haggis basher Aug 31, 2007

    "haggis basher you must be broke. burger king dont pay well huh?"

    Sorry, God's been good to me, been earning 6 figures for years.
    Must have been that deal I made with Satan :)

  • Greyhound_Girl Aug 31, 2007

    Good for him! I hope he and his wife enjoy the money. It's a shame that Uncle Sam has to take so much, though.