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Homeless man pays it forward with $50,000 lottery win

Dennis, a homeless man who won the lottery in Illinois, is seen in this undated photo.

April 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A homeless man in Illinois is paying it forward after winning the lottery.

Dennis is 59 years old. He spent the past 30 years homeless, often living outside in a tent.

Recently, someone gave him a $1 instant scratch-off ticket and it changed his life. The ticket was a $50,000 winner and Dennis is spreading the wealth.

"I'm paying it forward. All the guys camped out back there, I'm going to give them each $100," said Dennis.

His check should arrive in a few weeks. Since he doesn't' have an address, he's having it sent to a friend's house.