Hollywood Henderson's Lottery Miracle
Gary Radnich Coverage in 2000
Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson was a star linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys in the late 1970s, but his career and life spiraled out of control due to his addiction to drugs and alcohol. He was arrested several times, spent time in prison, and lost most of his fortune. He hit rock bottom in 1983, when he attempted suicide by overdosing on crack cocaine.
But Henderson did not give up. He sought help and entered a rehabilitation program, where he learned to overcome his addiction and embrace a new way of living. He became a motivational speaker, a philanthropist, and a role model for others struggling with substance abuse. He also became a lottery player, buying tickets every week with the same numbers: 1, 10, 18, 19, 20, and 29.
On April 1, 2000, Henderson's persistence paid off. He matched all six numbers in the Texas Lotto, winning a whopping $28 million jackpot. He was one of three winners that day, and he opted for the lump sum payment of $10 million. He said he felt like he had been given a second chance at life, and he vowed to use his money wisely and generously.
Henderson donated millions of dollars to various causes, including drug treatment programs, scholarships, youth sports, and AIDS research. He also invested in real estate, bought a ranch, and traveled the world. He said he was grateful for his fortune, but he did not let it change his values or his humility. He continued to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and to share his story of recovery and redemption.
Henderson's lottery win was a remarkable twist of fate for a man who had once lost everything to addiction. He proved that it is never too late to turn your life around, and that miracles can happen to anyone. He is an inspiration to millions of people who have faced similar challenges, and a testament to the power of hope and faith.
Watch Gary Radnich Coverage in 2000