A Hurricane Sandy couple won the lottery two years after losing everything. According to the Huffington Post, Dennis Klaus and Maryann Daino fell in love with each other when they crossed paths in Connecticut after moving there (separately) from New York after the storm.
The two had both lost houses in the 2012 hurricane, but found each other soon after. Their love story continued, and the two are now in the news because they won $255,555 in the Conn. lottery back in October 2014.
The couple is thrilled to be able to buy a new home with their winnings.
“I handed Dennis the ticket and told him we won. He didn’t believe me at first, he thought I was kidding him. I said, ‘No, Dennis, I’m not kidding. This [prize] is our new home,'” explained Maryann.
The Sandy couple that won the lottery is really excited for what the future will hold for them.
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“We took our time claiming the prize. We lost everything before and we didn’t want to lose everything again. We wanted to be careful, so we talked to an accountant and a lawyer first,” explained Mr. Klaus. “We both lost everything, and this is a chance where we can start our life together in a town that has taken us in. It’s just phenomenal.”
According to Fox News, Maryann and Dennis will take home around $180,000 after taxes. That amount of money is a pretty sweet down payment on a new home.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $68 billion worth of damage, and was responsible for the deaths of almost 300 people back in the fall of 2012. Ironically, the couple won the lottery two years later — to the month. Obviously, the two are still in shock, but they are so happy that they are getting a second chance to start over. Not only did they find each other, but they are now getting some extra help with their finances.
Hurricane Sandy took a toll on thousands of people, but everyone can probably agree that this was fate for Maryann and Dennis.
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