US Lotto winner can finally afford doctor, gets cancer diagnosis

US Lotto winner Donald Savastano can finally afford doctor, gets cancer diagnosis
He was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer. Photo credit: ABC7

A New York man had a tragic reversal of fortune after winning US$1 million in Lotto before dying of terminal cancer weeks later.

Donald Savastano, 51, said shortly after claiming the big prize he would use some of his winnings to finally go to the doctor, something he had not been able to afford.

That's when he was told the news he had stage 4 cancer in his lung and brain. He died three weeks later.

Shop assistant Danielle Scott, who sold Mr Savastano the winning ticket, said he told her he had been feeling ill.

"He was self-employed," she told ABC7. "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. 

"I was hoping that the money was maybe going to save his life."

Mr Savastano left behind a long-term girlfriend, his mother and six siblings.

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