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Long Island man finds $1 million lottery ticket while raking leaves

By Mason White 5:39 PM December 29, 2013
Marvin Rosales-Martinez with his $1 million check 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) A man became a millionaire just by raking leaves, according to lottery officials in New York.

Many of us dream of walking down the street and finding a winning lottery ticket.

A month after Superstorm Sandy hit the New York area, Marvin Rosales-Martinez was raking leaves when he found the Win For Life scratch off lottery ticket in a pile of leaves.

The ticket was wet and a little damaged, but it was a winner, and had a value of $1 million.

“He took it to a 7-Eleven, but he could not scan it because it was still a bit damp. They realized that the ticket was valuable, and they told him to go to the headquarters of the lottery,” Yolanda Vega, a spokesperson for the Lottery of the State of New York, said.

Lottery officials of New York conducted a yearlong investigation to ensure that the winning ticket was legitimate and that no one else could claim it.

The 27-year-old lives with his mother in Hicksville. He plans to continue working as a gardener six days a week.