A man has died of cancer less than three weeks after winning $1m (£700,000) on the lottery. Donald Savastano was just 52-years-old when he passed away over the weekend. He had recently been diagnosed with stage four cancer, according to an obituary on the Dignity Memorial funeral services website.
Donald Louis Savastano passed away suddenly on Friday, January 26, 2018 after a recent diagnosis of stage 4 cancer.His death came less than a month after he became a millionaire after picking a winning New York Lottery scratchcard at a shop in his home town of Sidney, a small community around 170 miles north of New York City.
Danielle Scott, the cashier who sold him the ticket, said: “He scanned it on the machine here, um and then he came over, said that he had won a million dollars and had me look at it, and yeah he was excited”.Ms Scott said a friend of his came and told her that Mr Savastano was very ill in hospital.
She said: ”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.”