Mega Millions Ticket Buyer Struck by Lightning
What are the odds?
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2012 1:00 AM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2012 4:33 AM CDT
Bill Isles of Wichita knows what this feels like.   (?Franconian)

(Newser) – A Kansas man who quipped to a pal that he was more likely to be struck by lightning than to buy a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket turned out to be exactly right. Unlucky Bill Isles, 48, was struck by a bolt of lightning in the backyard of his Wichita home within hours of buying three tickets in the Mega Millions game. "It threw me to the ground, quivering," he told Reuters. "It kind of scrambled my brain and gave me an irregular heartbeat." Isles, who's a volunteer weather spotter for the National Weather Service, managed to use his portable ham radio to signal for help. He was kept in a local hospital overnight, but apparently suffered no permanent effects. "But for the grace of God, I would have been dead," Isles said. "It was not a direct strike."

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793tango
Apr 2, 2012 5:15 AM CDT
You know there's nothing funny about being struck by lightening. It kills a lot of people every year and those that don't die usually suffer permanant neurologic problems.
save-the-whales
Apr 2, 2012 4:12 AM CDT
I bet I know what he called his lottery tickets ( Lucky Strike ) well he should go back and buy some more tickets . Lightning never strikes twice in the same place , so they say
HMunster
Apr 2, 2012 3:51 AM CDT
Shocking!