South Korean utility worker Park Kyung-hyun and his friend, identified only as Lee, had to go to the hospital earlier this month for emergency open-heart surgery. But instead of feeling worse for the wear, the pair were lucky. The lucky winner of a $1 million lottery prize was in the hospital at the time.
“It was extremely fortunate for us,” Park told Lee and other reporters. “All I care about is that my friend Lee is still here with me. I know the luck of winning the lottery will not return to me.”
Park had the surgery the day before Halloween and, after recovery, he planned to retire to Beijing, a city he’d visited as a boy. But, at the press conference, he said he now planned to move to Seoul for good.
Park’s family has a history of heart disease. His mother was heart-surgery patient and his father died of a heart attack at the age of 41. Park also had a tumor removed from his heart in 2012.
“My wife and I were very worried about him being too weak and having trouble with his speech,” said Lee. “So we prayed that God will give us the ability to bring him good luck. I just thought he could win the lottery, so I filled in the ticket.”
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