A Massachusetts man who underwent open-heart surgery received a lottery ticket inside a get-well card that earned him a $1 million (N550 million) jackpot.
Alexander McLeish, of Attleborough, told Massachusetts State Lottery officials he recently had the surgery, and a friend brought him a get-well card with three scratch-off lottery tickets inside.
McLeish said one of the tickets, a $5,000,000 100X Cashword, featured a pair of lucky signs: the word “Heart” was one of the words in the puzzle, and the first letters he scratched off were A, W and M, his initials.
The ticket ended up earning McLeish a $1 million prize.
McLeish said the same friend gave him a lottery ticket as a birthday gift several years earlier that earned him a $1,000 prize.
The winner visited lottery headquarters in Dorchester on Friday and chose to accept his prize as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $650,000 before taxes.
However, the question as to what the lottery winner will relate with the friend who gifted him the lottery ticket while on the surgery bed is bound to arise as many would be wanting to know whether he would offer the friend who gave him the lottery tickets anything.