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."
The Associated Press, via the San Francisco Chronicle