After Alex McLeish underwent a double-pronged heart surgery, he was given the world’s luckiest card “get well”. His childhood friend gave him a card containing three instant lottery tickets, including one that turned out to be a $1 million winner.
“We double-checked it, triple-checked and quad-checked because you want to make sure it’s real before you mention it to anyone,” McLeish told Boston Herald. “It was a bit disbelieving at first but then it kind of settled down and it was like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this is happening,’ you know?”
McLeish of Attleborough, Massachusetts won a $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “$5,000,000 100X Cashword” instant ticket game, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery. Massachusetts State Lottery Press Release.
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When McLeish starts scratching the “Your Letters” area on the ticket, the first three letters are revealed to be A, W, and M, which are just his initials. He then noticed that the word appearing in the bottom row of his winning puzzle was “HEART”, which the Massachusetts Lottery calls a “positive omen”.
He received a one-time payment of $650,000 before taxes but said this is not the first time he has won a lucky ticket. McLeish won a $1,000 prize a few years ago on a ticket he received from the same friend as a birthday present, according to a state lottery press release.
McLeish told the Boston Herald that he plans to split some of his earnings between his adult sons and his childhood friend, Larry.
Before he won, he booked a trip to the Bahamas. “It will just be a slightly more uplifting trip to the Bahamas,” he said.
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