You've seen his picture on the news with the big check, and an even bigger smile...But what you don't see, is a man who has transformed his life like no other.
"It took hitting that point in my life, to be like, I gotta do something, I can't just sit here," says Terry Pollard.
Pollard went from growing up in group homes, couch surfing, to eventually getting his degree, and owning his own business. One day, Pollard said he worked up the courage to walk into Daymar College, to get his degree. Massage therapy is what he went with, and he ran with the opportunity.
"The goal is to be a beacon of hope and an inspiration to other people," Pollard adds.
Every morning, Pollard stops at the Franey's Food Mart on 25th street to clear his head before a busy day. Staying very busy with his clients, and 3 children, the stops at the gas station are therapeutic.
“I come over here to Franey's and play my lottery tickets, so I usually play my kids birthdays, pick 3 pick 4"
Friday, he woke up and did the same thing he usually does. Little did he know, spending the last $25 in his pocket and buying the last 5 tickets in the machine would change everything.
Although Pollard was speechless that he actually won, he says he knew exactly what he would do with the winnings. "My biggest ambition right now is to turn my business into a full-time spa."
Pollard started his own business called Serene Relief Wellness and can not wait to expand it so he can provide others with employment opportunities.
He says he can't thank his customers enough for all of their support, especially through the pandemic. But he's extra thankful for that little ticket that will help him achieve his goals.
"You know what, I want to be something. I want to be somebody and I want my kids to be able to say this is what my father is and not does. My father is a licensed massage therapist. I want to do something for them and other people to believe they can do anything. Even if you're at the bottom of your life.