“Sometimes the blessings are not in what god gives, but in what he takes away. Blessings In disguise.”

A 72-year-old Louisiana Victim, James Lapeze from the city of central recently won a $1 million Powerball Prize. The fortuitous win comes after Lapeze’s house was damaged in August’s floods that left at least 13 dead and damaged about 40,000 homes.

Left: Lottery winner  James Lapeze
Left: Lottery winner James Lapeze

Shocked over his good fortune Lapeze said “I checked my numbers over and over again,” said Lapeze when he realized he possessed a winning ticket. “I even had my wife check them because I really couldn’t believe that I won!”

He plays lottery every year and won from an Oct 1 lottery drawing. He’ll end up with a total of $700,000 in winnings after taxes to pay off his home and retire

Romero’s Food Mart, a small corner store that sold the ticket in Central, Louisiana, even got to share in the good fortune by receiving a 1% cut of the prize equal to $10,000.