One lucky man won $1 million from a lottery ticket he was given by a friend after open heart surgery – and now he can’t decide how much to give him.
Alexander McLeish, from Attleboro in Massachusetts, has won big money after his childhood friend gave him three crossword scratch cards to wish him a speedy return to good health.
According to the Massachusetts state lottery results, his close friend Larry bought tickets from Quickeez Beer, Wine and Convenience stores – which received a $10,000 bonus when selling the ticket.
The first “positive omen” for Alexander was when he scratched his initials A, W, and M on a $5,000,000 Cashword 100X crossword-style ticket.
After continuing to scratch through the winning ticket, another unexpected “omen” flashed before him – the first word he found on the crossword was “heart”.
Alexander, who works for Coca Cola, found a total of 11 words on the scratch card, helping him win the second big prize of $1 million.
He told Boston Herald: “We double-checked it, triple-checked and quadruple-checked because you want to make sure it’s real before you mention it to anyone.
“It was a bit unbelievable at first but then it kind of settled down and it was like wow, I can’t believe this is happening, you know?”
Alexander decided to wait to tell Larry because it was Thanksgiving.
When Larry asked him how he did with the “scratch”, Alexander told him he did “pretty well”.
Larry assumed he meant $1,000 or $10,000 – but he was shocked to learn that the prize was up to $1 million.
Alexander now plans to give some of his cash to his lucky friend Larry as a thank you, but he has yet to decide how much.
He also plans to give some of the money to his adult sons.
And some of his winnings will also go towards an upcoming trip to the Bahamas.
But this is not the first time Alexander has been lucky in his life.
He won a $1,000 prize from a lottery ticket years earlier on his 60th birthday.
And the ticket was given to him by Larry, his friend of the same age, and even bought from the same store.
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