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!