Last-Minute Gift Makes Dad A Millionaire

Indrani Sengupta
So you forgot Father's Day, or maybe you didn't plan well enough ahead to get something especially thoughtful. Next time, buy a lottery ticket. Even if your dad doesn't win, you can tell him this story, and that you tried.

Your last-minute, haphazard attempt at a Father’s Day gift has nothing on this woman’s last minute, haphazard attempt at a Father’s Day gift.

Christina Morrah bought her father a scratch-off lottery ticket, along with a card she purchased for him. The card was a yearly tradition, but the ticket she bought at her mother, Debbie’s, behest, from a local Rite Aid in Jeannette, Pennsylvania.

“I said, ‘Buy a lottery ticket for him,' because I didn't get him anything, and I felt bad.”

Little did she know that the $20 ticket would make her dad an instant millionaire.

When Joseph Morrah scratched the coating off the ticket, he didn’t quite know what to make of the “payout” sign underneath. After all, it’s not everyday that a shot-in-the-dark yields you….actual results.

But his daughter knew immediately.

“She starts screaming her head off, 'You're a millionaire!' ”

Everyone on both sides of their street heard her.

61-year old truck driver Joseph Morrah had less than a year left till retirement, but thanks to this sudden surge in moolah, he’s checking out a little early.

In addition to spending his retirement in style, Morrah plans to buy himself another “muscle car,” a new pickup truck, and give his current ride, a 1960s-era Chevrolet Bel-Air, to his other daughter, Kimberly.

Chevrolet Bel-Air, Joseph Morrah,

But not until he has the proof of his winnings in hand, because the whole situation is still too much a dream for him to hit the mall.

"It still hasn't settled in. When I see the check in my hand, then I'll believe it."

And it’s not just the Morrah family that’s celebrating. All the staff at the lucky Rite Aid are joining in on the revelry. Emma Young, a shift supervisor at the store, said it’s been an exciting week for them all.

“Somebody told me, ‘We have a winner. We sold a winner.' ”

Because you don't have to win the lottery yourself to marvel at that kind of luck, and who it went to.

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