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.”