Suffering from cancer, he seeks a “good doctor” after winning $1.3 billion

Suffering from cancer, he seeks a “good doctor” after winning $1.3 billion
Suffering from cancer, he seeks a “good doctor” after winning $1.3 billion

Earning an astronomical sum but not being sure you can profit from it: this is Cheng “Charlie” Saephan’s dilemma. Aged 46, this Laotian living in Portland, Oregon (United States) won the American Powerball lottery jackpot at the beginning of April. Or $1.3 billion. However, the winner has been suffering from cancer for eight years, reports the Associated Press. He received his final chemotherapy treatment last week.

At a press conference on Monday, Cheng Saephan explained that he and his 37-year-old wife would keep half of the jackpot and the rest would go to one of their friends. And for good reason: this relative living in the suburbs of Portland had also participated in the purchase of the winning ticket.

“A good doctor”

“How am I going to have time to spend all this money? How long will I live? “, confided Cheng “Charlie” Saephan during the press conference.

Because if he plans to “provide for the needs” of his family, the patient also intends to take advantage of this money to treat himself. His goal ? Find a “good doctor” who will help him get through it.

An amount subject to tax

Once taxes are deducted, the winners will receive 422 million dollars (394 million euros). The couple and their friend had the choice between recovering the entire amount or an annuity paid over 30 years, which then corresponded to $621 million before tax.

It had been more than three months since the lottery had a big winner. According to the Oregon Lottery, this sum won last April is the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in history and the eighth among American games.

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