Man Wins $1M on Lottery Ticket With Word 'Heart' After Undergoing Open-Heart Surgery

A Massachusetts man has won $1 million on a scratchcard with the word "heart" after he underwent open-heart surgery.

Alex McLeish, of Attleboro, had only recently undergone double-bypass heart surgery in November when he received a massive financial boost, as reported by The Boston Herald.

A friend of McLeish bought him a "get well soon" card with three instant tickets inside, one of which turned out to be extra lucky.

The game was a £5,000,000 100X Cashword instant ticket, where players need to match letters to words on the crossword puzzle-like sheet. The more words on the card, the more money can be won by the player.

After McLeish scratched off the first three letters "A, W and M," his initials, the eventual big money winner phoned and texted his brother as well as his friend Larry to comment on the coincidence, calling the ticket "haunted."

But, the coincidences did not stop there, as McLeish continued to scratch off the words on Thanksgiving Day and found the word "heart."

After a few minutes, and 11 more uncovered words, McLeish was $11 million richer.

McLeish told the Herald: "We double-checked it, triple-checked and quadruple-checked it because you want to make sure it's real before you mention it to anybody.

"It was a little bit of disbelief at first but then it settled in and it was like wow, I can't believe this happened you know."

After he made sure the win was genuine, McLeish told his wife about the news. He recounted: "She goes 'Did you win anything?' I go, 'Yeah, a million bucks.'

"She's like 'No really, what you win?' 'A million bucks.'"

McCleish later told Larry he did "pretty good," with his friend thinking his pal had only won $1,000 or $10,000 and was stunned to find out it was, in fact, $1 million.

Incredibly, it is not the first time that Larry has handed a golden ticket to his friend McLeish, with his friend winning $1,000 with a card on his birthday.

The two winning tickets were also bought at the same place, Quickeez Beer, Wine and Convenience Store in Carver.

According to the Mass Lottery, the top prize is $5 million with the odds for such a win being just 1 in 5,040,000.

A $1 million win, however, has steep odds as well with a lucky ticket coming across 1 in every 1,008,000 cards.

Newsweek has contacted Mass Lottery for comment.

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