Lottery Winner

A Texas pedestrian was on his way to purchase a Powerball ticket with every hope that he would be the lucky winner, but as bad luck would have it, the man fell into a hole as he passed through a construction site.

The 67-year-old left his home on Monday afternoon, eager to own a ticket that could be worth $1.5 billion by the end of Wednesday, but he never came home. By the time it was dark, his worried family called police.

Quick-thinking officers scoured the neighborhood in search of the hopeful lottery player and found a 7-foot deep hole with a man sitting at the bottom in a puddle. An officer climbed inside and rescued him.

Won an Entirely Different Kind of Lottery

The department released a statement in praise of the officers' excellent work in finding and locating the man: "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!"

Who knows how long the man would have been trapped in the hole if it had not been for the swift work of the local police department? Sitting in cold water as he was, it would have been dangerous and even deadly to try and survive one cold evening without food or shelter.

Depending on the man's injuries, if he has suffered any, this accident could give rise to a personal injury claim for damages. Under premises liability laws, the owners of construction sites must ensure that proper safety measures are taken to prevent accidents and injuries to the public. In this case, was there adequate signage to indicate the presence of the hole this man fell into?

Do You Think You Can Win?

Wednesday evening's Powerball jackpot is the largest in the history of the lottery. Beginning at $40 million, as participants buy more and more tickets, the pot has swollen in size. By 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday evening, lottery officials believe that 80 percent of the potential number combinations will have been sold.