Later that day, the 79-year-old retired hat factory worker suffered a fatal heart attack while working in his yard in Danbury.
His widow cashed in one of the Lottery tickets that in her grief she has almost forgotten about. It won her $US10 million.
"I'm numb," Charlotte Peters, 78, said at Connecticut Lottery office.
"I've always wanted a Corvette, but I don't think I'll buy one. I'll stick to a small car. I might go to Mohegan Sun," she said, referring to the casino in Connecticut.
"I'm going to go home and sit and think."
The Peters children think their father would have appreciated the irony.
"He'd be very mad, he just passed away and she won a lot of money," said Brian Peters, one of the couple's three children.
"He'd say, 'Figures!'"
OBB News just hopes the merry widow remembers to bury her husband.