New Jersey woman feared ‘heart attack’ when she won huge lottery prize

TRENTON, N.J., Sept. 23 (UPI) — A New Jersey nurse who won a $1,000-a-day prize from the lottery said she had to call a fellow nurse to make sure she wasn’t having a heart attack.

Dawn Jones of Trenton told New Jersey Lottery officials she entered the same numbers she always plays into the Cash4Life drawing Aug. 8 so she quickly called her daughter in to double-check when the winning numbers were announced.

“Then came the silent scream,” Jones said.

Jones said she called up a friend who is also a nurse to triple-check the numbers and give her some medical advice.

“My heart feels like it’s coming out of my chest, I may be having a heart attack,” Jones recalled saying.

“Just breathe,” her friend responded with a laugh.

Jones said her health turned out to be as solid as her winning ticket, which earned her $1,000 a day for the rest of her life.

The newly wealthy woman, who works as a nurse at two separate facilities, said she doesn’t plan to stop working any time soon.

“I thought about calling out rich,” Jones said, “But I know that a lot of people depend on me, so I went to work.”

Jones said she plans to use the money to pay off her student loans, put her daughters through college and get to work on her “bucket list.”

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