March 31, 2014 9:00 am

Man wins lottery day after wife dies of heart attack

A California man won a big lottery prize one day after losing his wife to a heart attack.

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TORONTO – A California man won a big lottery prize one day after losing his wife to a heart attack.

Timothy McDaniel, 55, told lottery officials winning $500 a week for life on the $1 scratch ticket may have been some sort of sign from his wife.

“I think she just kind of sent me this money so I could continue taking care of the (grand) kids,” McDaniel said in a press release.

He opted to take a lump sum of $375,000.

McDaniel said he hopes to buy a new house with the winnings and save the rest.

“Everything happens for a reason and this is the break I needed. I’m going to keep on working and living my life the same I always have,” McDaniel said.

“The only difference is I have a big family and now if anybody needs anything, I can help them out.”

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