Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 2, 2012

Man struck by lightening after purchasing Mega Millions lottery tickets

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Hours after purchasing three Mega Millions lottery tickets, a Kansas man found out you are more likely to be struck by lightning than win the lottery.

Bill Isles, 48, bought three tickets Thursday at a grocery store in Wichita, Kan. in hopes of winning the record-breaking $656 million lottery, according MSNBC.

On his way to his car, Isles commented to a friend on his chances of winning the big bucks, saying, “I’ve got a better chance of getting struck by lightening.” Around 9:30 p.m. that night, Isles was standing in his backyard when he heard a lightning strike and was sent to the ground.

A weather spotter for the National Weather Service, Isles weather radio had been thrown from his hand. After overhearing the incident, another weather spotter called emergency services. Isles was taken to a local hospital where doctors found the lightning strike had thrown off his heartbeat. He suffered no other burns or physical effects from the strike.

Though one of the three Mega Millions jackpot winners came from Kansas, Isles did not have the winning ticket.

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