A New York man was so excited about his life after winning the big prize on a scratch-off lottery ticket. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to enjoy his newfound wealth for long.
Donald Savastano had so much joy after winning a $1 million jackpot and believed it would change his life for the better.
Savastano won the price with the Merry Millionaire scratch-off ticket.
“This is going change our lives, to tell you the truth,” Savastano said after winning. “I’m probably going to go get a new truck, and I don’t know probably go on vacation.”
Savastano worked for himself and couldn’t afford health insurance. After winning the $1 million he had resources to go to the doctor for a check-up and was devastated by the news. Savastano had stage four lung cancer. It was reported that he also had brain cancer.
So many people go without health insurance, and it’s sad when you hear of news like this. It’s estimated that 8.9% of all Americans do not have health insurance. That’s about 27 million people across the country.
Savastano died just 23 days after winning the $1 million jackpot.
“I was hoping that the money was maybe going to save his life,” said Danielle Scott, who works at the store where he bought the winning ticket.
It’s not certain what he did for a living, but his obituary said beautiful things about his workmanship.
“He was known for his high-quality work and perfectionism. He always tried to reach out and help those he could by teaching them “the right way to do things,” his family wrote in the obituary.
Savastano was born in Queens and lived on Long Island.