A father received the greatest Father’s Day gift when he won a $515,382 lottery jackpot after his daughter bought him the ticket.
John Bartlett has recovered his life-changing sum after he opened his beloved child’s card and found two Scratch’N Win cards.
He gave one to his wife Anne to scratch off, hardly expecting to win big, before realizing they had pocketed the Set for Life jackpot.
The family, from Newfoundland, Canada, said they will never forget this year’s Father’s Day thanks to their huge windfall.
John explained: “I was at the house where my daughter is and she left me a Father’s Day card.
“When I opened it I saw there were two Set for Life tickets in it, and after handing them to Anne to scratch, she couldn’t believe what she saw. .”
Anne’s ticket had three matching symbols along with the words every lottery player dreams of seeing, Set for Life.
She said: “I saw three suns and the price said ‘Set for Life’.
“I watched it at least three times before calling John to show him. We were both jubilant when we saw it.
The couple found it hard to believe their luck after winning the prize money – and their daughter also found it hard to believe them.
John continued: “I’m a bit of a prankster when it comes to my kids, but I thought I had finally convinced her that we won.
“We hung up the phone, then five minutes later she called me back and said, ‘Are you playing with me? “”
The father has since convinced her that his windfall is real and is now planning how to spend the jackpot.
Set for Life winners can choose to receive around £800 a week for 25 years or receive a lump sum of $515,382.
The family decided to take all of their winnings at once, which allowed them to pay their bills and afford a new car.
John said he intended to join his wife in retirement and wanted to take her to Ireland or Scotland – or “maybe even both”.
We’ve already told how a man sued his friends after they cut him off their $736,314 lottery win.
Philip Tsotsos from Windsor, Ontario, Canada was left out of the massive prize which was won by the group of sixteen buddies last summer.
The pals insisted that he was not entitled to part of the prize because he had not paid the required amount to remain in the lottery pool.
But now the ‘injured’ pizza delivery boy has taken the case to civil court as he claims he should be declared the 17th winner.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.