Lotto Winner Dies From Most Cancers Weeks After $1M Scratch-off Victory

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You actually can’t take it with you.

For a lottery jackpot winner, Donald Savastano had the worst luck. Weeks after profitable $1 million in a scratch-off sport, the self-employed carpenter died.

Till he cashed in on his new-found riches, Savastano, 51, was unable to afford medical health insurance. When Sevastano lastly made it to the physician, he received the worst information possible. He had stage 4 most cancers.

“I hoped that the cash was possibly going to save lots of his life,” Danielle Scott, who works on the retailer the place he purchased the profitable ticket, instructed WABC-TV.

“He was self-employed. He did not have insurance coverage, he hadn’t been feeling good for some time, I suppose, and when he received the cash he went into the physician.”

Savastano died Friday, 23 days after he gained the lottery. Funeral providers had been held Wednesday in Oneonta.

Savastano, a Queens native who grew up in Lengthy Island, was dwelling upstate in Sidney when he performed the New York Lottery’s “Merry Millionaire” sport and gained $1 million.

He acquired a $661,800 lump sum fee.

“That is going change our lives, to let you know the reality,” Savastano mentioned when he picked up his winnings. “I am in all probability going to go get a brand new truck and I do not know in all probability go on trip,”

Savastano lived together with his longtime girlfriend Julie Wheeler, and helped elevate her sons. After his huge win, Savastano started to see a vivid future.

“I didn’t actually have a plan for retirement,” Savastano instructed the lottery officers in an interview on the time. “The cash will assist with that.”

Savastano had instructed state lottery officers he was driving residence from work Dec. 9 when he stopped at a gasoline station in Masonville and purchased the sport.

“I purchase scratch-off tickets fairly usually however I don’t usually play the vacation tickets,” Savastano instructed Lottery officers. “I noticed the Merry Millionaire ticket and figured, ‘Why not?’

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