77-year-old Richard Heath from Syracuse in New York starts every morning with the purchasing of some lottery tickets. It’s paid off because in October he won the top prize of $1m on a $1,000 A Week For Life scratch card.
The lucky $1,000 A Week For Life scratch card winner retired from work as a truck driver in 2001, but now works as a school crossing guard. Every morning on his way to work he buys some lottery tickets from a gas station in Salina Street.
That’s just what he did in October and just before starting his shift, he scratched off his tickets. He was totally shocked when one of his $1,000 A Week For Life scratch cards revealed a jackpot win. Richard kept checking his ticket as he struggled to believe it had won a million dollars.
It wasn’t until after his shift that he went home and told his wife the amazing news, then they headed off to the lottery claim centre to claim their big win. It’s his biggest win in 16 years of playing with the previous largest win just $100. The lucky $1,000 A Week For Life scratch card winner has opted to take a one-off lump-sum payment of $536,227.
“Everybody was excited. It still hadn’t dawned on me,” Heath said. “It won’t dawn on me until I get some money in my hand.” The couple have been married for 38 years and plan to use some of their winnings to pay off bills and help their children and grandchildren. That’s just what a woman in Victoria, Australia did after her $25m Australian Powerball jackpot win. The same applies to an Irish player after winning a €500,000 Irish Lotto prize.
Also on their shopping list is home renovations and a trip to Las Vegas. Jim Forbes from Scotland planned to go to New York after scooping £665,838.70 playing UK Lotto. In Canada, Gina-Lita Therrien and Yvon Turgeon planned going on holiday after their $6.4m Lotto 6/49 win.
They won’t be moving though, “I love Syracuse,” Heath said. “We’re going to stay here.” Nor will he be giving up his job and even rushed off from the awarding of his cheque to help the Van Duyn Elementary School pupils cross the road safely. In August a player in Cork won a €257,084 EuroMillions prize then went back to work after receiving his cheque.
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