Unlucky 51-year-old man dies just three weeks after winning a $1 million lottery
Donald Savastano, a Queens, New York, resident bought the $10 scratch-off card just for the heck of it and ended up winning!
If he was alive, Donald Savastano would have told you about bad luck.
The 51-year-old New York resident died from cancer, just three weeks after winning a $1 million lottery.
Earlier this month, Savastano won the Merry Millionaire lottery for $1million after buying a $10 scratch-off card. However, he didn't live long enough to enjoy the perks of the win and passed away just 3 weeks after winning the prize.
On January 26, Savastano was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and died suddenly.
The native of Queens, New York, Savastano bought the $10 scratch-off card just for the heck of it and ended up winning! He claimed the money on January 4.
He received a lump sum of $661,800 after taxes were deducted.
The self-employed carpenter told WBNG-TV at the time of collecting the money: "Being a self-employed carpenter, I didn't really have a plan for retirement."
"The money will help with that. I don't have any other extravagant plans. I'll buy a new truck, pay off some debt and invest for the future.
Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home in Oneonta published an obituary on January 28, saying that Savastano grew up in Long Island and learned carpentry from his father.
Savastano, his girlfriend Julie Wheeler, and her two sons were living in Sidney, New York for the past 10 years. Savastano left behind a mother, two sisters, and four brothers.
The obituary also had a special thanks for Bassett Hospital and the Tri-Town ER for taking care of Savastano in his final days.
The note also mentioned that the man had been in hospice care for a few days before he finally passed away.
Spectrum Local News interviewed Savastano when he won the prize money, and he looked happy. Little did he know that tragedy was about to befall him.
The calling hours at the funeral home will be from 6 to 8 pm on January 30. If anyone wants to make donations, the family urges that they are made to the American Cancer Society.
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