One For The Heart: An Attleboro Resident Wins Big

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Teja / Massachusetts State Lottery Commission

DORCHESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – For one man from Attenborough, his lottery win was worth much more than just the money.

Alexander McLeish won a $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “$5,000,000 100X Cashword” instant ticket game. However, this victory was more heartfelt for McLeish – literally.

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McLeish had undergone open heart surgery earlier this month. As a gift, one of friends gave him a get-well card along with three instant tickets, including the eventual winning ticket.

As McLeish began to scratch the “Your Letters” area of the ticket, the first three letters revealed were A, W and M – his initials. As if that was not enough of a positive omen, McLeish received another good sign. The word that appeared on the bottom of the row of his winning puzzle was the word, “HEART.”

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McLeish claimed his prize at Mass Lottery’s headquarters in Dorchester on Friday. He chose to cash-in his prize and received a one-time payment of $650,000.

McLeish is no stranger to winning, saying he won a $1,000 prize several years ago on a ticket he got from the same friend as a birthday gift. McLeish bought his $1 million winning ticket at Quickeez Beer, Win and Convenience Store in Carver. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

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