$1 million scratch-off winner dies of cancer only weeks later
They say that luck is a fickle mistress. Nowhere is that more true than the case of Donald Savastano, a man who won $1 million on a scratch-off ticket only to die of cancer 23 days later. Savastano, 51, who lived in Sidney, N.Y. but grew up on Long Island, won a million dollars from the New York Lottery in December. Sadly, the self-employed carpenter did not have long to enjoy his newfound wealth.