HR Strange But True!
April 14, 2003

On a recent Friday, Michael Maxim accepted a voluntary layoff from the Fitchburg, Mass., Parks Department in hopes of sparing a coworker's job.

The next day, he won $1 million in a state lottery.

"I had to look at the ticket five or six times," recalled Maxim, who had purchased a $5 scratch ticket. "I was just waiting for it to change in front of my eyes."

He said he intends to keep working after a move to Largo, Fla., where his wife and two kids had planned to move after his layoff.

His one splurge? "I'm sending my Mom to sunny Hawaii."

Source: The Associated Press, via the San Francisco Chronicle

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