A New York man named Donald Savastano was one of the LUCKIEST and UNLUCKIEST men in the world. You see, earlier this month, Donald won the Merry Millionaire scratch-off lottery for $1 million.
But shortly after he won – he got bad news. Doctors diagnosed him with STAGE 4 CANCER – and he was given only a few weeks to live.
Donald died last Friday.
He claimed his winnings in January and chose the lump sum payment of $661,800.
"Being a self-employed carpenter, I didn’t really have a plan for retirement," the 51-year-old self-employed carpenter explained to WBNG-TV at the time.
"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."
Donald was sold the ticket by Danielle Scott, who said a friend of Donald's came and told her that he was very ill in hospital.
"He was self-employed, he didn’t have insurance, he hadn’t been feeling good for a while I guess, and when he got the money he went into the doctor."
"He had a friend come and talk to me, and they told me that he was very sick and that he had brain and lung cancer and that he was in the hospital and they didn’t think he was going to make it."
Savastano grew up on Long Island and learned the carpentry trade from his dad, according to an obituary published on Sunday by Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home in Oneonta.