“Somebody or something finally must have realized what my life was going through and decided it was my turn,” Ken Chasteene said. The 52-year-old matched all five numbers in the Fantasy 5 drawing on September 19 to win $186,031! Money like that can have a huge impact on someone’s life, and according to Ken it already has.
He told us he’s a cabinet maker by trade and hasn’t been able to find steady work for a long time. “The occupation that I have, the industry collapsed. Imagine how it feels to be one step away from losing everything,” said Ken about the stress he’s been experiencing, which thanks to this win is at least starting to fade away. “This has to take me as far as I will let it take me…I can pay off my car and a couple of other things. Get that gigantic monkey off my back.”
Ken said he used what he thought was his only five dollar bill to buy bread and milk that Thursday, but when he dug into his pocket, he discovered another five. He used it to splurge on a Lottery ticket, playing his favorite numbers. Only this time, those numbers matched the ones that were drawn – 6, 21, 3, 7 and 31. Considering the way he’s been living, this Lottery winner says claiming a windfall is surreal! “Finding a penny on the ground, I dive for it. I’ve been learning how to penny pinch. I’m still trying to pinch myself at this point!” revealed Ken, determined not to take any of his good fortune for granted. “It was just my turn or divine intervention? I don’t want to speculate, but whatever it was, I am so thankful.”