Animal lover wins $4 million from lottery scratch-off — and donates to local shelter

What would you do if you won the lottery? Many of us have big dreams of what we would spend it on, like a new house or a car.

But when one animal-loving Massachusetts man won millions on a scratch-off, one of his first actions was to give back to pets in need.

Paul Riley, from Peabody, Massachusetts, purchased a Massachusetts State Lottery “100X Cash” instant ticket game from a local store. He scratched it off and was stunned to discover he won the game’s $4 million prize, according to a news release.

Described as “an animal lover,” Paul showed up with his little dog Raven when he showed up to claim his prize:

Massachusetts State Lottery

And when asked what he planned to do with his new fortune, he gave a generous answer and said that part of his winnings would be donated to the Animal Rescue League.

It’s always inspiring to see people use their wealth so selflessly, especially when it’s to help animals in need. Of course, Paul will also be spending plenty on himself and his family: he said he plans to buy his wife a new car.

According to the release, Paul took his payment as a one-time payment of $2,600,000 before taxes. Summit Variety, the store where he bought the lucky scratch-off, will also receive a $40,000 bonus.

Congrats to Paul on this amazing lottery win, and thank you for deciding to give back to help shelter animals! ❤️🐾

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