What 1 Lottery Winner Did With Their Winning Ticket Will Warm Your Heart This Holiday Season

The holidays are usually a time when most people are thinking about giving back to others. That's just what one Good Samaritan in Pennsylvania did when the anonymous donor left their winning lottery ticket worth $1,000 inside of a Salvation Army red kettle pot.

The ticket was found on Dec. 6 and will be used to help "serve people and families in need" according to Major Leslie Walter, an officer of the Salvation Army where the lottery donation was left. "We've received donations of winning instant tickets in the past, but they're usually in an amount of $10 or $20 — never something of this size," Walter told Fox 61 news.

Drew Svitko, executive director of the Pennsylvania lottery, also spoke with the news station about the generous donation. "It's heartwarming to hear stories such as this one, and I applaud this anonymous winner for turning their good fortune into an act of charity that will benefit the community." A heartwarming story, indeed.