Donald Peters died the same day he unwittingly provided financial security for his wife and family. On November 1 the Connecticut man bought two Lottery tickets like he had done so for the past 20 years with his wife Charlotte.
On the afternoon of the same day Mr. Peters had a fatal heart attack while doing yard work.
On January 2, 2009 Charlotte Peters cashed in one of those tickets. she had put the tickets aside after his husband of 59 years death. In fact she almost threw out the ticket before checking to see if it had any value.
Donald Peters generally bought tickets for 10 weeks at a time. When he bought his tickets on November 1 no one could have guessed that the December 2 drawing would be a winner.
Mrs. Peters took the ten tickets to the grocery where they told her she was a winner. She thought the ticket was worth $6 million but the lottery officials told her to up that amount 4 million.
Mrs. Peters has 60 days to decide if she wants a lump sum of $6 million pre-tax or 21 yearly payments of $477,300.
One of the couple’s children joked with the media about how their father would have reacted reports the Associated Press.
“He’d be very mad, he just passed away and she won a lot of money,” said Brian Peters, one of the couple’s three children. “He’d say, ‘Figures!'”