No one quite understands the term “striking it lucky” better than 16-year-old BreAnna Helsel.
The Michigan teen survived being struck by lightning and went on to win US$20 in the lottery the next day.
Earlier this month Helsel was at her home in Blanchard, Michigan, US, watching thunderstorms roll by. She noticed rain entering an open kitchen window.
“She went to close the window, and the lightning came through and hit her,” her mother, Linda Johnson, told the Daily News of Greenville.
Helsel struggled to describe the sensation she felt as the electricity passed through her body.
“It felt like when your foot falls asleep,” she finally said.
The teenager said she saw electricity shoot out of her fingers and into the overhead lights. That knocked out the house’s power.
Helsel will require therapy to repair some damaged muscles in her arm, but she’s expected to fully recover.
“Everyone said I’m really lucky,” she said.
Hospital employees suggested that Helsel immediately play the lottery. She’s too young, so her mother bought a lottery ticket for her the next day.
“And we won $20,” Johnson said, laughing. “What a way to start the summer.”
1. lightning n.
閃電 (shan3 dian4)
例: Matt was struck by lightning last year.
2. sensation n.
感覺 (gan3 jue2)
例: The art exhibit produced a sensation in me.
3. knock out v. phr.
擊垮 (ji2 kua3)，毀壞 (hui3 huai4)
例: We knocked that team out when we won.
4. therapy n.
治療 (zhi4 liao2)
例: Eric has been having therapy done to his knee.
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