NY man dies weeks after winning $1 million lottery jackpot
Earlier this month, Donald Savastano received a $1 million New York Lottery scratch-off recreation — and he was once planning.
“Being a self-employed carpenter, I didn’t really have a plan for retirement,” Savastano informed the New York Lottery in an interview. “The money will help with that…. I’ll buy a new truck, pay off some debt and invest for the future.”
Just 3 weeks after he received, Savastano, 51, who grew up on Long Island, died of most cancers.
Savastano lately were recognized with level four most cancers and “passed away suddenly” on Friday, in keeping with an obituary ready by means of the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home in Oneonta.
A spokesman for the funeral house mentioned Monday that the circle of relatives didn’t want to touch upon Savastano’s loss of life “at this time.”
In his interview with the New York Lottery after Savastano received the Christmas holiday-themed “Merry Millionaire” recreation on Dec. nine, the resident of Sidney in Delaware County mentioned he was once riding house from paintings when he stopped at a gasoline station in Masonville.
“I buy scratch-off tickets pretty regularly but I don’t normally play the holiday tickets,” Savastano mentioned. “I saw the Merry Millionaire ticket and figured, ‘Why not?'”
Savastano walked out of the shop and scratched the price tag on his solution to the automobile.
“I couldn’t believe it!” he mentioned. “I brought it back in and scanned it under the ticket checker and knew it was a winner.”
Savastano received on a Saturday however could not declare his prize till the Lottery place of job opened two days in a while Monday.
“I kept it under wraps over the weekend, but I did take it out a few times to convince myself it was real,” he mentioned.
The $1 million most sensible prize at the Merry Millionaire price tag is paid out as a one-time lump sum fee. Savastano gained a internet test totaling $661,800 after required withholdings and informed the Lottery he had deliberate to make use of a few of it for retirement.
Lottery spokesman Brad Maione mentioned Savastano gained the test on Jan. eight.
Savastano was once the 97th New York Lottery participant to say a prize totaling $1,000,000 or extra this 12 months, the Lottery mentioned.
The funeral house obituary mentioned Savastano is survived by means of his mom, 4 brothers and two sisters.
The obituary additionally mentioned Savastano was once born in Queens and had grown up on Long Island however data was once no longer straight away to be had about particularly the place on Long Island Savastano had lived. Voter registration information display he was once as soon as registered to vote in Smithtown.
The obituary added Savastano discovered carpentry from his father as a kid and labored for industrial firms ahead of shifting to Sidney 10 years in the past the place he turned into self-employed.
“He was known for his high-quality work and perfectionism,” the obituary famous. “He always tried to reach out and help those he could by teaching them ‘the right way to do things.’ “
Visitation might be Tuesday from 6 p.m. to eight p.m. on the funeral house. Funeral services and products might be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. on the Oneonta Assembly of God Church in Oneonta.
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