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Man wins $100K while helping in Sandy relief

Updated: December 15, 2012 6:29AM



No good deed goes unrewarded.

That’s what University Park resident John Turner is saying after he won $100,000 playing the lottery while helping clean up in New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.

“If we do something that’s a good deed, we’re not asking for anything in return,” Turner said. “I didn’t have to ask this from any man. The money itself is not so much of a big deal, but the fact God allowed this to transpire, that’s the biggest deal.”

Turner, 38, owns a business — Natural Catastrophe Solutions of Chicago — that helps homeowners repair and rebuild in the wake of fires, floods and other disasters.

He took a crew of five workers, three trucks and a trailer to the east coast on Oct. 31 to tend to the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.

“There were vehicles turned over, people had fish in their yard, the boardwalks were ripped all up,” Turner said. “There were situations where people were shoveling three to four feet of sand out of their houses.”

While getting pizza with his crew in Neptune, N.J., on Nov. 4, Turner said he slipped out of the restaurant and walked to an adjacent convenience store. He bought a poker-themed scratch-off ticket, brought it back to the pizza restaurant and played the game.

In disbelief, Turner went back to the convenience store to confirm his winnings.

“At first I thought it was $1,000 but the zeros kept on coming,” Turner said.

Turner, who is married with three children, said he plans to donate a portion of the winnings to his church, another portion to a family in need and invest the rest of it in his business.

“We’re honored,” Turner said. “We’re just glad God answers prayers, and it’s good to know hard work and good deeds do pay off.”



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