Winning the lottery is supposed to be the best thing that can happen to you. Suddenly, it can make all of those problems you have been dealing with vanish. You no longer have to worry about paying for gas, panic about affording groceries, or feel guilty for buying yourself a treat.
For 51-year-old Donald Savastano, winning the lottery meant that his whole life would change. Savastano, a self-employed carpenter was looking forward to putting the $1 million prize from the New York Lottery's "Merry Millionaire" game towards his retirement.
Excited about his future, he planned on treating himself to a few luxuries before using the rest for necessities like a doctor's visit and savings for the future. "I'm probably going to go get a new truck and I don't know probably go on vacation," Savastano said.
He didn't have insurance because he was self-employed, so he had been putting off a visit to the doctor's even though he had been feeling sick. However, when the new millionaire finally made it into the doctor's office, the news wasn't good.