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At the start of 2018, luck seemed to be on his side. 51-year-old New York resident Donald Savastano had just won a million dollars and he hoped it would change his life. But On Friday, January 26, he passed away just 23 days after winning the lottery.

“This is gonna change our lives, to tell you the truth,” he was reported as saying when he claimed a New York State Lottery check for $1 million (Dh3.67million) on January 2.

He had good reason to hope the money would help him – as a self-employed man, he did not have health insurance and had not been feeling well for some time. One of his plans was to visit the doctor, along with buying a new car and going on vacation.

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