Man Wins $7 Million From Lottery Ticket Tucked Inside Get-Well Card

03/26/2015 01:08 pm ET | Updated Mar 27, 2015

Recovering from surgery? How about a get-well card with 7 million reasons inside to help you feel better.

Easton, Pennsylvania resident Joseph Amorese was laid up at home after a hernia surgery last month, so his dad did the fatherly thing and gave him a get-well card, hoping to raise his spirits. Tucked inside was a $25 scratch-off New York Lottery ticket.

"I took my glasses off, I’m looking at it, I was pretty shocked to say the least,” Amorese told CBS New York on Wednesday, when he claimed the prize. “I had surgery so I didn’t jump up and down, but in my mind I was jumping up and down."

Amorese, 46, said he immediately sent a picture of the ticket to his dad, who confirmed he'd indeed just won $7 million. He then called his wife, a social worker whom he married just 10 months ago, to share the news.

"I said, 'Honey, I think we won $7,000,000,'" Amorese recalled to the New York Lottery. "And there was silence on the other end for a long time. She was too stunned to talk."

The couple told CNN they plan to invest the money and use some of it for a second honeymoon. Other than that, says Amorese, "I don't expect [my life] to change a whole lot ... I'm still going to go to work every day. My wife's gonna go to work."

Per the Lower Hudson Journal News, the odds of winning the jackpot on the "$7,000,000 Golden Ticket" game are 1 in 3,708,000.

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