In an absolutely amazing story of good luck and goodwill a Pennsylvania resident has recently won a $7 million jackpot prize from a lottery ticket given to him by his father.
Joseph Amorese of Easton, Pennsylvania in the U.S.A was delighted when he picked up his cheque yesterday and recalled the delightful story. The 46-year old was in hospital recovering from a hernia operation and was given a get-well card by his father. The card also contained a "$7,000,000 Golden Ticket" which his dad purchased from a Just A Dollar store in New York City. Upon learning of his win, Amorese says:
"I took my glasses off, [then] looking at it, I was pretty shocked to say the least. I had surgery so I didn't jump up and down, but in my mind I was jumping up and down."
He laughingly added: "All the pain I felt, I did not feel for at least a couple of days."
Amorese immediately called his wife to let her know that they were now multimillionaires – her response was a long and stunned silence. Mr. Amorese is a Verizon employee and his wife a social worker, and even though this win is quite a life-changing sum, both have decided to continue working.
The jackpot won amounted to $7 million, with the Amorese family netting the sum of $4.5 million as they opted to take payment in the form of a once-off, lump sum.
It would seem that American lottery games are on a roll of late, with the top US Lotto games of Mega Millions and Powerball both awarded amazing winnings in both games’ jackpot draws. Mega Millions had its draw on Tuesday evening and saw a lucky single-ticket player to a first place prize of $59 million. To prove just why the Mega Millions is such a popular game, as many as 3 players were also awarded with $1 million each, as second place prizing.
Not to be outdone, last night’s much anticipated US Powerball draw also awarded one lucky player a jackpot prizing of $40 million, with runner up prizing of $1million going to 2 players in the second tier category.
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