Joseph Amorese’s Dad had a sent him a get-well card with a “$7,000,000 Golden Ticket” instant lottery ticket tucked inside. If his Dad meant to lift Amorese’s spirits, he succeeded.
When the Congers native scratched the card while recuperating from a surgery, he discovered he had won the top prize of $7 million. His condition prevented him from jumping up and down, so he just informed his wife by phone. His wife was too stunned to speak for some time.
He later received a ceremonial check at the Just A Dollar store at 20 North Main St. where the winning ticket was purchased.