from a recent article in the baltimore sun…
Baltimore was buzzing Tuesday after a struggling parish received a winning lottery ticket in the collection plate — giving the church a $30,000 windfall.
Maryland Lottery officials confirmed the anonymous donation, made on March 13 with a scratch-off ticket, but refused to reveal the lucky church.
The ticket cost $3 and the pastor told lottery officials he had no idea who put it in the collection plate.
“I’m not too familiar with these tickets,” the pastor said in a statement released by Maryland Lottery.
“I asked somebody if it was a winner. The response was ‘It looks like it’s a winner to me.’
“I have no idea who did this. I really have no clue.”
The 55-year-old pastor said the church had been experiencing financial difficulties, and will use the money with operating expenses, but he also hopes to give some back to the people.
“We have a lot of people in need,” he said.
“Hopefully, we can give some back, especially since this is the way we received it.”
here’s my question: was god behind this windfall? and, if so, why wasn’t the ticket for the 150 million dollar powerball, rather than the 30k scratcher? did the pastor have a little faith, but just not enough?