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Long Island Man Claims $1 Million Lottery Ticket He Found In Pile Of Leaves

Marvin Rosales-Martinez

Marvin Rosales-Martinez claims a winning lottery ticket he found in a pile of leaves on Long Island. (Credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Many of us dream of it happening to us – we are walking down the street and we find a winning lottery ticket out of nowhere.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Saturday, that just about happened for one Long Island resident.

One month after Superstorm Sandy hit, landscaper Marvin Rosales-Martinez was raking leaves, and he found a Win for Life scratch-off ticket in a leaf pile.

The ticket was wet and a little damaged. But it was a winner, and was worth $1 million.

“He took it to a 7-Eleven store. They couldn’t scan it because it was still kind of wet. But they realized the ticket was valuable, and they told him, Marvin, to go to the lottery headquarters,” said Yolanda Vega of the New York State Lottery.

New York State Lottery officials conducted a year-long investigation to make sure that the winning ticket was legitimate, and that no one else could claim it.

Rosales-Martinez was one of five lottery winners who claimed their prizes Friday.

The 27-year-old currently lives with his mother in Hicksville. But he will not be quitting his day job – he plans to continue to work as a landscaper six days a week.

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