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.
Turns out the ticket was an instant winner worth $7,000,000.
"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."
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