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‘Luckiest man in Chillicothe’ dreams of life before winning the lottery

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Many people dream of how life would be easier if they simply won the lottery.

Charles “Tom” DeBord knows exactly what it feels like to hit it big.

Last March, he won the Powerball by matching all five numbers, making him a millionaire.

Less than a year later, DeBord says he simply longs for the life he had before winning the money.

After winning $1 million, he says he thought he and his wife of 51 years would have it made.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.

In August, DeBord’s wife, Cheryl, became very sick.

“She said, right in front of me, face to face, and she said, ‘Your wife only has a few days to live,” DeBord said, remembering the words of a nurse.

After battling eight bouts of cancer, the ninth fight with the disease  would be her last.

Two days after Cheryl’s funeral, tragedy stuck again. Their son, Bill, died of a massive heart attack.

“We buried her August the second, and he died August the fourth,” DeBord told WCMH.

DeBord, who was called ‘the luckiest man in Chillicothe,’ says he would give it all back if the money could simply have bought more time with his loved ones.

“I’d give it back in a heartbeat,” he said.