Man Wins $1M for Lottery Ticket Found in Gutter
Marvin Martinez, a landscaper, says 'this won't change us'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2013 5:57 PM CST

(Newser) – A Long Island man who discovered a lost lottery ticket has finally been awarded his prize: $1 million. Marvin Martinez, 27-year-old landscaper, says he was collecting leaves from a gutter last November when he spotted the "Win $1,000 a Week for Life" scratch card, WNBC-TV reports via the New York Post. He took it home, dried it out, and contacted the New York Lottery's customer service. They promised to investigate, and Martinez says he "forgot about it"—until his phone rang three weeks ago.

The New York State Gaming Commission gave him the ticket because no one had claimed it a year after it was purchased. Martinez chose to the take the payment in one lump sum, which comes to $515,612 after taxes—but he kept it secret from his wife, who works at a Subway shop, until the official announcement Friday. Her reaction: "I can’t believe. I can’t believe it." Now he plans to send money back home to El Salvador, buy a house, and help his mother pay off repairs from Hurricane Sandy. "I want to keep living a normal life," he said. "This won’t change us."

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Dec 30, 2013 3:12 PM CST
he more than likely have it spent in 2 months, buying a house and not counting on paying property tax, giving it away, helping mom, buying things.. he should have taken the $1,000 a week, still can help but at least the money will be there.
Dec 30, 2013 1:23 PM CST
$5oo,ooo is not enough to change anybody! Most people I know that are in their late thirties or forties already have about this much put away anyway. $5oo,ooo is nothing.
Dec 30, 2013 11:09 AM CST
Barb, do you think that anyone gives a rats rooty tooty about your inane rantings and misspellings.