Massachusetts State Lottery

Man Recovering From Heart Surgery Wins $1M on Lotto Ticket That Says ‘Heart'

Alexander McLeish received the ticket as a get-well gift after undergoing surgery earlier this month

Massachusetts lottery winner Alexander McLeish
Massachusetts State Lottery

A lucky Attleboro man won $1 million from a Massachusetts scratch-off ticket with the word "heart" in it -- shortly after undergoing open-heart surgery.

Alexander McLeish claimed the million-dollar prize on Friday, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery.

McLeish underwent the surgery earlier this month, the lottery said in a statement. As a get-well gift, he received a card and three lottery tickets from a longtime friend. Among them was the winning ticket, from the "$5,000,000 100X Cashword" game.

McLeish's story is full of lucky surprises, starting with the ticket itself.

The first three letters McLeish scratched happened to be his initials: A, W and M. But there was another coincidence -- when McLeish scratched out the winning puzzle, at the bottom was the word "heart."

Moreover, this was not the first time McLeish's friend had brought him good luck. The Attleboro man told the state lottery he also won $1,000 several years ago on a ticket he received as a birthday gift from the same friend.

For his latest win, McLeish opted to take the cash option and brought home a total of $650,000 before taxes.

The winning ticket was purchased at Quickeez Beer, Wine and Convenience Store in Carver, netting the store a $10,000 bonus, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery.

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