His girlfriend had told him she was moving out and moving on. The news stunned him, since he'd thought they were happy and destined for a long-term relationship.
The next day, he'd bought a lotto ticket, hoping for a reversal of fortune. Now, with ten grand in his pocket, he was more comfortable financially, if not emotionally.
“Keep the faith,” he told himself, gazing at the reds, oranges, and yellows in the sky. “Everything happens for a reason.”