July Surprise: New York Couple Scratches, Wins $5 Million


An upstate New York lottery player had a bang up celebration shortly after July 4th: A $5 million prize scratching Set For Life ticket.

Dana Graffunder, 60, of Voorheesville, NY retired from his job as a warehouse receiver soon after his wife, Leslie, gifted him with the winning scratch-off ticket.

Leslie Graffunder quickly followed suit; retiring from the skilled nursing facility where she worked the overnight shift. Leslie looked at it quickly and threw it in her purse to re-check later.

I always re-check my tickets, she said. The second time I looked at it, I noticed a match on the number 26 so I started to scratch off the prize and saw the letter L as in LIFE. Then, I started to scratch a little faster.

Dana, who admits to playing the Lottery only when the jackpot gets really big, said he learned of his wife’s plan to gift him with a scratch-off ticket worth $5 million as he lay sick in bed, at home.

She called me and just kept repeating herself saying, “Oh, my God. Oh my God,’ over and over again, he said. She always told me she was going to win a big one, and she finally did.

Leslie said the trick to winning is never straying from your strategy. Never take the first ticket or the last ticket on a roll, she said. Her husband agreed, saying I think it’s a great strategy. You certainly can’t argue with it now!

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