ATLANTA (WXIA/NBC) - A Georgia church received three winning lottery tickets dropped in the collection plate over the course of two days.
The Cobb County church is learning gifts sometimes come in thought-provoking packages. Like so many other places of worship, Unity North Atlanta Church has faced its economic challenges. The offering plate has been a little lighter of late.
"We know prayer is a beautiful force that can transform everything. And we see now we were heard," said Rev. Mercedes Guzman of Unity North Atlanta Church.
Their prayers prompted an act of generosity, that came in a most unexpected form. Inside an envelope a church member offered two Keno tickets, worth over $3,000. Luck wasn't finished with him or the church. The next day he was back, with another winning ticket worth close to $1,000.
"He made the comment, like, 'Don't get me wrong, I could use it.' But he's like, 'That's not what this is about,'" said Wendy Beck, church member.
He's asked the church to keep his name private.
But he's not finished. He's told church members he plans to keep on buying the lottery tickets until he can pay off the mortgage of $2.7 million.
The timing of the lucky lotto gifts is perfect. The method of winning is not something the church condones.
"We're not supporting anybody to go out and gamble. You know, that's a risk we don't support in our ministry," said Rev. Richard Burdick, Unity North Atlanta Church. "However, a gift is a gift."
Some believe the church has hit a jackpot of generosity.
"We ask for miracles, we believe in miracles, and to have a miracle come that way is just amazing," said Dixie Smith, church member.
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