Former Cleveland Indians minor leaguer wins $1 million lottery jackpot

NEW YORK - Joel Torres probably won't miss his minor league paycheck from the Cleveland Indians for very long.

The outfielder from The Bronx was released by the Indians organization last month, and last week he cashed in on a $1 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket. Not a bad consolation.

Torres, 21, decided to take the $660,300 lump sum payout for the "Sweet Millions" winning ticket that he bought while visiting his mother in Queens.

"The first thing I plan to do with the money is buy my mom a new house," Torres told the New York Post.

The money also gives him the financial assurance to pursue his baseball dreams, Torres said.

Despite getting axed by the Indians organization, Torres was still showing love for the Tribe by wearing an Indians hat when he cashed in his winning ticket.

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