Ohio lottery winner on dialysis Phillip Withem plans to donate $5m jackpot

Updated: 17 Jun 2011
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Phillip Withem, who is on kidney dialysis, says he plans to give away much of his $5 million winnings
 

Phillip Withem is still waiting for the kidney transplant he needs to survive, but says he considers himself a lucky man.

'I played a lot of tickets and won a lot,' he told WSYX/ABC6. 'But never dreamed I won big money.'

The Ohio man won $5 million in the lottery this week, and says he plans to pay the extra cash forward, to help charities and friends who have fallen on hard times.
 
'I'm going to help people because I love it. It makes me feel good and I think that's what God put us here for,' Withem said Tuesday, according to NBC4.

Withem, 54, of Logan, Ohio, receives kidney dialysis, the Ohio State Lottery Commission confirmed to the Daily Mail today by phone.

The Commission said Withem's lucky ticket originally netted him $2,500 and entered him into the 'Top Prize Drawing,' where he then won the $5 million jackpot.
 
Withem still needs a transplant but says he feels like a lucky man
 
Withem plans to give away much of the winnings to children's charities and friends who helped him out when he became sick, The Lookout reported.

He said he was especially grateful to his former co-workers at the Hocking County Courthouse, where he worked as a janitor until he fell ill.

'The people at the courthouse were really nice to me when I got sick,' Withem said, according to The Lookout. 'I really appreciate that.'
 
After taxes, Withem will take home a little more than $1 million
 
Withem chose a lump sum payout, and after taxes will take home about $1,000,175, according to ABC6.

Still, Withem remains in need of something money alone cannot buy: a kidney.

This week, he issued a kind of appeal for the organ transplant he needs to survive. 'Maybe see if there's a donor who would like to make some big money,' he told ABC6.
 
SOURCE: Daily Mail
 
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