(WBNG/Meredith) – At the start of this month, Donald Savastano felt like one lucky man.
"This is gonna change our lives, to tell you the truth," he said.
He'd just won a million dollars on a New York Lottery's Merry Millionaire scratch-off ticket, and he had some ideas for what he'd do with his winnings.
"I’m probably going to go get a new truck and I don't know probably go on vacation," he said.
Dannielle Scott, the store’s cashier, said his plans also included a trip to the doctor.
"He was self-employed. He 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," Scott said.
The news he got from the doctor wasn't good. Savastano found out he had stage four cancer.
On Friday, Savastano died. He'd won the lottery just 23 days earlier.
"I was hoping that the money was maybe gonna save his life. I just hope that they can use the money and can give him the best, he was a good person. He deserved it. I just wish he had more time with it," Scott said.
Scott and others continue to remember the man who got so excited about his big win.
"I seen the jackpot on there and I was like 'unbelievable," Savastano had said, just weeks earlier.