Landscaper finds $1M lottery winning ticket amid Hurricane Sandy debris; receives prize a year later

Marvin Rosales Martinez had to wait one year to receive his lottery winnings. (NY Post)

Marvin Rosales Martinez had to wait one year to receive his lottery winnings. (NY Post)

A landscaper picking up grimy leaves on a Long Island street after Hurricane Sandy stumbled upon a million-dollar winning lottery ticket.

“This was someone else’s luck, but my ticket!” Marvin Martinez, 27, told The Post.

Whoever threw it away probably didn’t realize there was a prize,” said Martinez, who still lives with his mother in a Sandy-ravaged home in Hicksville. “I took it home and showed it to my mom but she didn’t believe it.” It was so wet that they could barely read the ticket “so I left it to dry underneath a lamp,” Martinez said.

He tried to verify he had a winning ticket at a New York Lottery customer service center on Long Island — but the lottery office had lost its power because of Sandy.

Read the full story – including the reaction of his bride – at the New York Post website.

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