For many people, winning a $1 million in the Lottery is the dream of a lifetime. Tragically, for one 51-year-old man this last week, he didn’t have enough lifetime left to do much with it.
According to ABC affiliate WCVB, David Savastano of Sidney, New York didn’t always play the lottery, but when he saw a “Merry Millionaire” being advertised, he thought to himself, “Why not?”
He was blown away when he actually won. He was certain new cash is his bank account would change his life and repair his shaky financial situation.
“Being a self-employed carpenter, I didn’t really have a plan for retirement. The money will help with that. I don’t have any other extravagant plans. I’ll buy a new truck, pay off some debt and invest for the future,” he explained at the time, adding that, "This is gonna change our lives, to tell you the truth."
Indeed, his plans for the cash appeared quite practical. In fact, one of the things he acted on first was to take care of some business that had been nagging him for a while: his health.
The cashier who sold him the winning ticket, Danielle Scott, had spoken with him and learned that "[Savastano] didn't have insurance, he hadn't been feeling good for a while I guess, and when he got the money he went in to the doctor."
That’s when, according to ABC News, the hard-working carpenter who had learned his trade from his father found out that he had Stage 4 lung and brain cancer. Last week, just three weeks after becoming a millionaire, he died from the disease. He leaves behind his longtime girlfriend, his mother, and his four brothers.
According to his obituary, "He was known for his high-quality work and perfectionism. He always tried to reach out and help those he could by teaching them ‘the right way to do things.'"
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Our prayers go out to his family. May God draw them near to Him amidst their sorrow. In other news, Kate Middleton is turning heads with her royal maternity gown.