Cancer claims man’s life weeks after he wins $1M lottery

  • Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
7:36 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 National/World News

An upstate New York man lost his battle with cancer weeks after cashing in on a $1 million lottery jackpot.

Donald Savastano, of Sidney, New York, was a self-employed carpenter who said he didn’t have a retirement plan when he got the windfall, Newsday reported.

He had hoped to buy a new truck, pay off his debt and invest the rest when he won the scratch off ticket prize in December.

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Savastano also said he planned on seeing a doctor because he didn’t have health insurance and couldn’t afford it, WABC reported.

He apparently had not been feeling well, WABC reported

Savastano, 51, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Fox News reported

He died Friday, only 23 days after winning his jackpot, according to WABC.