Man, 67, Out Buying Lottery Ticket Falls Down 7-Foot Construction Hole
A Texas man found himself trapped down a seven-foot hole Monday after going out to do what so many Americans have done this week: buy a lottery ticket.
Fort Worth police responded to a call from the family of a 67-year-old man after he went to the neighborhood store on foot but failed to return.
Aware that the gentleman suffered from medical issues, officers fanned out in search of him and also sent up the department's helicopter.
One officer observed a large construction hole during the search, according to a police statement. When he peered over the edge, the officer saw the man at the bottom.
The officer jumped into the hole, where man was sitting at the bottom in cold water.
"Because of the quick thinking and dedication the officers exhibited, this man and his family can say they truly won the biggest lottery of all," wrote the Ft. Worth PD.
Meanwhile, the man's family and millions of people across America are clamoring to win this week's record-shattering Powerball jackpot, estimated at $1.5 billion.
The world-record jackpot could even increase if ticket sales continue to exceed expectations, the AP notes.
The jackpot has been growing steadily since November 4, when no one matched the six Powerball numbers. No one has matched them all since.
Officials believe around 80 percent of the 292.2 million number combinations will be purchased before the drawing.