August 13, 2009
Hallelujah! Mich. Church Wins $70, 000 in Lottery
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 7:05 p.m. ET
HASLETT, Mich. (AP) -- Divine intervention? Or just plain luck? No matter what the circumstances, a Michigan church is $70,000 richer courtesy of the Michigan Lottery. The Covenant Life Worship Center and its 25 members in Haslett, Mich. had one of the second-prize tickets in the Lucky 7s raffle held May 4.
The $10 ticket was purchased at a convenience store in Haslett, five miles northeast of downtown Lansing. The lottery Web site says the odds of a single ticket winning $70,000 in Lucky 7s are one in 55,556. Michigan Lottery officials say the church will receive the full amount of the prize because it is a tax-exempt group.
Pastor Marilyn Parmelee tells the Lansing State Journal that the prize money will go toward the church building fund, setting up a missionary fund and supporting local community service projects.
I cannot recall any passage in the Bible that explicitly condemns gambling, although many churches condemn it nonetheless...perhaps under the category of the "love of money" being the "root of all evil"...just not this church!