Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A Washington postal worker's efforts to rescue a trapped kitten led to his winning a $717,500 lottery prize.
Joseph Waldherr of Tacoma told Washington's Lottery officials he was delivering the mail recently when he heard the mewling of a kitten but couldn't locate the source.
Waldherr said he heard the same mewling in the same area the following day and discovered the feline was wedged into a small space.
"He put the kitten in the pocket of his sweatshirt, where it slept for the rest of his shift," Washington's Lottery said in a news release.
Waldherr said the kitten rescue left him feeling lucky, so he stopped into the Quinto convenience store and bought a Hit 5 ticket.
The postal worker checked his ticket with his wife a few days later and discovered he had scored the $717,500 jackpot.
Waldherr credited the lucky kitten with his win. He said the feline, now named Peaches, will have a new home at his house.
The winner said he plans to use his prize money to help his parents with their retirement and donate to charities.
"My wife and I have everything we need. We just want to help others," he said.