A man is much richer after winning up to $650,000 on a $1 California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket.
But the victory is bittersweet.
The day before he won, Timothy McDaniel’s wife passed away of a heart attack.
“I think she just kind of sent me this money so I could continue taking care of the (grand) kids,” McDaniel told the California Lottery, according to WJBK-TV.
“Everything happens for a reason and this is the break I needed. I’m going to keep on working and living my life the same I always have. The only difference is I have a big family and now if anybody needs anything, I can help them out,” he added.
Rather than taking $500 per week for 25 years, totaling $650,000, he chose instead to take a lump sum of $375,000 before taxes.