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Heart surgery patient receives $1M lottery ticket in get-well card

Heart surgery patient receives $1M lottery ticket in get-well card
Alexander McLeish, of Attleborough, Mass., received a scratch-off lottery ticket inside a get-well card after undergoing open heart surgery, and the ticket turned out to be a $1 million winner. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man who underwent open-heart surgery received a lottery ticket inside a get-well card that earned him a $1 million jackpot.

Alexander McLeish, of Attleborough, told Massachusetts State Lottery officials he recently had the surgery, and a friend brought him a get-well card with three scratch-off lottery tickets inside.

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McLeish said one of the tickets, a $5,000,000 100X Cashword, featured a pair of lucky signs: the word "Heart" was one of the words in the puzzle, and the first letters he scratched off were A, W and M -- his initials.

The ticket ended up earning McLeish a $1 million prize.

McLeish said the same friend gave him a lottery ticket as a birthday gift several years earlier that earned him a $1,000 prize.

The winner visited lottery headquarters in Dorchester on Friday and chose to accept his prize as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $650,000 before taxes.

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