A Massachusetts man who had open-heart surgery has won a $1 million prize in the lottery with a scratch-off lottery ticket he was given by a close friend according to the lottery officials.
Alexander McLeish claimed his winning prize on November 26.
Alexander McLeish received three scratch-off tickets as a thank-you card from a friend according to a press announcement issued by the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.
When McLeish took off the first three words on the crossword tickets for the lottery, the first sign of luck revealed his initials that were: A, W, and M. While he was matching the letters to the words on the lottery ticket in a game called $5,000,000 100X Cashword he revealed that word “heart” on the bottom row of the game.
The man took home the second-highest prize of the game, one million dollars. There are just 10 prize winners on the lottery ticket of $20. The highest prize is $5 million.
It wasn’t the first time McLeish was able to win a prize on a ticket that was gifted to him by a friend. In the past McLeish won $1000 on a lottery ticket that a friend gifted to him on his birthday, as per lottery authorities.
McLeish took home his prize of $1 million and chose to cash it in. After taxes, he got the prize in one payment of $650,000 according to the press release.