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NY Man Cashes In On $1 Million Lotto Ticket He Found While Raking Leaves

Via NYDailyNews

A lucky Long Island landscaper really raked in the dough.

Marvin Rosales-Martinez, who found a $1 million Win for Life lottery ticket in a pile of leaves and lawn clippings, left his co-workers green with envy Friday as he collected his prize.

According to the Hicksville man, the answer to his fiscal prayers was blowing in the wind as he wielded a rake back in October 2012.

“I saw a ticket rolling with a bunch of leaves,” recounted Rosales-Martinez, 27.

“It was all wet, and I took it home and I dried it,” he recounted. “When I found out I had won, I felt very lucky. I felt very happy.”

The landscaper had a long wait to turn his good fortune into a small fortune.

Lottery officials conducted a yearlong investigation to ensure the winning ticket was legit and that no one else would claim it as theirs.

Since the winner went for the cash option, he’ll collect $515,612 after taxes, lottery officials said.

Not only Rosales-Martinez lucky he found the ticket in the damn first place, he’s lucky that he’s hard-headed and didn’t listen to his mother…

His mom, Maria Martinez, said she told her son to toss the winning ticket — and now she’s glad he didn’t listen.

“I said ‘Oh my God!’ when I found out that he won,” she said. “I didn’t believe it.”

Yeah, we bet.

This is the kind of story parents can tell their kids to motivate them to do their chores.

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