What could have been the worst day of a man's life turned out to be one of his luckiest.
Ted Yackera learned Sept. 13 that he didn't have cancer. Hours later, he won $9-million in Pennsylvania's Wild Card Lotto.
"I went through a lot that week," Yackera said of extensive tests before he was declared cancer-free. "After the cancer scare, I was feeling great, but after the lottery I was really trying to hold it together."
Yackera, 34, picked up a check Friday for $305,000, the first installment of the jackpot. "I'm a very lucky man and I thank God for everything that's happened."
His immediate plans include a trip to Disney World and early retirement from his job as a school district business manager.
After that, he might build a pinball arcade or open a McDonald's franchise. He said he might go to graduate school, then maybe law school.
"I've got a lot of different ideas running around in my head that really don't mean anything yet," he said.