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Second lottery win for man who spent first winnings on cancer treatment for late wife

Harriet Alexander

Published 12/05/2016 | 02:30

Bruce Magistro with the cheque the first time he won
Bruce Magistro with the cheque the first time he won

An American man has beaten odds of two billion to one to win a million dollars on a lottery scratchcard for a second time.

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Bruce Magistro, a 48-year-old builder from Long Island in New York, bought his first winning ticket in 2012.

His wife Yvonne was suffering from lung cancer at the time, and so he spent the money on her medical bills. She died two years ago on Wednesday - the same day he was presented his second cheque for a $1 million (€875,000) win.

His son Matthew (17), said the second win was "divine intervention" and a gift from his late mother.

"It's definitely going to change my life this time," said Mr Magistro.

The last time, my wife was sick and needed the money for bills and everything. It gave me the opportunity to stay home with my wife for three years. This time, hopefully, I'll invest it and make more money off of it."

Mr Magistro said he now plans to use the winnings to pay off his mortgage and to help his three children. "It's going to help me out a lot with all my bills and all that.

"I can't retire on it, so I'm not going to retire."

He said he was shocked when he got the news.

Irish Independent

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