Hereford Philanthropist Gives Big and Wins Big [VIDEO]


Nonprofit Co-founder Wins $250,000 Mega Millions Prize

Marco Avila - Mega MillionsMarco Avila’s lunch last Wednesday followed the usual routine:  he went to a convenience store, waited in line and paid for his meal.  Avila then scanned the Mega Millions ticket he bought a few days prior and, unlike his regular lunches, his sandwich and soda came with a $250,000 cash prize.

Although the married father-of-two didn’t tell his family his good news right away, he did ask his daughter a provocative question on the ride to school the next morning:  “What would you do if you won the Lottery?”  Without hesitation, she said that she would give it to “the foundation.”

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The foundation his daughter referenced is The Healing Hands Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides surgical care free-of-charge to children in areas lacking resources throughout the world.  Avila co-founded and serves as executive director of The Healing Hands, which is based in Baltimore County.  Avila has made his philanthroply a family affair:  his wife is an active participant and he has taken his children to countries such as Ecuador and Sierra Leone on the group’s medical missions.  Avila plans to donate a portion of his winnings to The Healing Hands Foundation ( and will use the rest for bills and his children’s education.  The winning ticket was purchased at the White Marsh BP, located at 5250 Campbell Blvd. in Baltimore County.