This man has won USD 1 million after he opened a get well card from a friend following open-heart surgery to find a lottery ticket inside, with the winning combination of letters spelling out “heart”.
The winner has been named by the Massachusetts State lottery as Alexander McLeish, from the city of Attleboro in Bristol County, Massachusetts, in the United States.
The state lottery said that he won a USD-1-million (GBP-750,000) prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “USD 5,000,000 100X Cashword” instant ticket game.
They added that McLeish had received a get well card from a friend with three instant lottery tickets inside it. The lottery company said: “As he began to scratch the ‘Your Letters’ area of the ticket, the first three letters revealed were A, W and M, his initials.
“As if that wasn’t enough of a positive omen, the word that appeared on the bottom row of his winning puzzle was ‘HEART.'”
The winner claimed his prize at the Massachusetts lottery headquarters in Dorchester on Friday 26 November. The state lottery said that he chose “the cash option for his prize and received a one-time payment of USD 650,000” (GBP 488,000).
McLeish reportedly said he had won a USD-1,000 (GBP-750) prize a few years ago with a ticket he had received from the same friend as a birthday gift