COLUMBIA, SC (October 2, 2012) – Michael Reese surprised his wife, Teresa, yesterday in the lobby of the Lottery’s Claims Center with the news he won $100,000 in a drawing.
Their son captured the moment on cell phone video, and his mom’s reaction is one their friends and family on Facebook will watch over and over again in the coming days.
In the video Michael calls Teresa over to the Lottery’s window to hear he won $100,000 for the first time. She freezes for an instant before her eyes fill with tears and she turns to her son and husband for reassurance. With her hand covering her mouth she keeps asking “What?”
“I can’t believe you didn’t tell me,” she says once the camera stops rolling.
“Does your mother know?” she asks.
Michael hadn’t told a soul. He had only known for a few hours.
The family returned home from a cruise late Sunday to find a certified letter from the Lottery was being held at the post office. Michael told his wife he thought he won a trip. At 6:45 yesterday morning, he read an email from the Lottery saying he won the cash, not a trip, in the Lottery’s final drawing in the Wheel of Fortune® Second-Chance Promotion. He decided to surprise his wife.
He got her again when she heard his plans for the winnings.
“We’ve been married 11 years and this prize will make a nice down payment on a house for us,” he said. He also wants to take her to see one of their sons, in the Army soon to be stationed in Colorado, and their other son, in the Coast Guard and stationed in Alaska.
Tears filled her eyes yet again.
“You are going to make me cry,” said the winner.
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