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Lotto winner found ticket in pile of leaves

A New York landscaper was cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy when he found a lottery ticket worth $1 million.

December 30, 2013 11:28:26 AM PST
A New York landscaper was cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy when he found a lottery ticket worth $1 million.

Marvin Rosales-Martinez found the scratch-off lottery ticket in a pile of leaves in October 2012. But because he couldn't prove to lottery officials that he was the rightful owner of the soggy ticket, he had to wait a year to claim his prize in accordance with New York lottery rules.

Rosales-Martinez was one of five lottery winners in New York to claim a prize Friday.

The 27-year-old Long Island resident finally took home his cash payout of $779,106. After required tax withholdings, his prize is $515,612, lottery officials said.

CNN contributed to this report.


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