What if you could be an overnight millionaire with just a few dollars? This is the lottery’s lure. People are promised the opportunity to realize their goals of success and prosperity. The chances of really succeeding, though, are pretty slim. It is preferable to live out your dreams than to risk your money on something unlikely to be profitable.

According to the National Weather Service, you have a 0.000005% chance of getting hit by lightning at some point in your lifetime.

In comparison, your odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350. In other words, your chance of being hit by lightning is almost 20,000 times higher than your chance of winning the Mega Millions.

Life tends to work in weird ways, and occasionally the worst experiences can surprisingly result in beautiful things.

That was the case for one fortunate individual who underwent open-heart surgery and is now a millionaire. Early this month, Alexander McLeish of Attleborough, Massachusetts, underwent the procedure. Even though it’s never pleasant, he at least had his friends’ support.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, a childhood buddy named Larry sent him a “get well” card that contained some scratch-off tickets from the Massachusetts State Lottery while he was recuperating.

In the end, the scratch-offs brought in $4 million for McLeish, and he is incredibly grateful to Larry for his unexpected gift.

Alex spotted his initials, A, W, and M, while playing the “$5,000,000 100X Cashword” game, which he regarded as a sign. As he kept playing, he eventually learned he had won a $1 million jackpot! “HEART” was the word that gave him the grand prize.

Alex’s fantastic fortune astounded him. At first, there was some skepticism, but in time, people began to realize it had happened.

The Massachusetts Lottery reports that this is the game’s second-largest potential jackpot. There is just a 1 in 1,008,000 chance of winning. Before taxes, Alex received a large lump sum of $650,000 from his winnings.

According to the lottery’s website, this isn’t even the first time this has happened: a few years ago, Larry handed him a scratch-off for his 60th birthday, and Alex won $1,000. (Both winning scratch-off tickets were bought at the Carver Quickeez Beer, Wine, and Convenience Store.) For selling a winning ticket, the lottery pays a bonus to the retailer.)

This time, however, Alex has struck it rich and decided to share the cash. He says he would donate some of his gains to his sons and some to Larry, who is undoubtedly his lucky charm.

Alex told the Herald that his next trip to the Bahamas, which he had previously planned, will be “a little bit more enriched” due to his winnings. Such an amazing coincidence. Amazing things may happen when you least expect them. Share this incredible story!