SIDNEY, New York — A man who thought his life was changed forever when he struck it rich with a $1 million lotto jackpot, has died just weeks after his big win.
Donald Savastano, 51, said after he won New York Lottery’s “Merry Millionaire” game the he intended to buy a new truck, take a vacation and go see a doctor as he hadn’t been feeling great but didn’t have health insurance.
But when the self-employed carpenter went to the doctor he discovered that he was suffering from stage 4 cancer in his brain and lung.
“This is gonna change our lives, to tell you the truth,” Savastano prophetically told WBNG-TV when he was picking up his winnings.
Danielle Scott, the cashier who sold Savastano the winning ticket said the situation took a turn for the worse quickly.
“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,” she said. “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 gonna make it.”
On Friday Savastano passed away.
“I just hope that they can use the money and can give him the best,” Scott said. “He was a good person, he deserved it, I just wish he had more time with it.”