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    Sad story:

    Cancer Patient Wins $1M Lottery

    Five weeks after Wayne Schenk was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, he hit a $1 million state lottery jackpot on a $5 scratch-off ticket.

    With doctors giving him little more than a year to live, the former Marine has no need for a new house, or a fancy car. He's hoping to buy a little time by checking into a Philadelphia hospital that specializes in treating advanced-stage cancers.

    "I understand money can't buy everything, but money can prolong things, you know?" Schenk said.

    It's proving much trickier than he imagined.

    The $1 million New York Lottery prize pays out in $50,000 annual installments over 20 years, and the Eastern Regional Medical Center told him it would need $125,000 up front and $250,000 in reserves to be tapped as his treatment proceeds. His insurance with the Department of Veteran Affairs cannot be transferred to an out-of-network provider.

    "If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all," Schenk, 51, said with a wheezy laugh as he sat in a friend's pickup outside an attorney's office where he recently went to draw up his will.

    Schenk recently cashed his first lottery check $34,000 after taxes and is still scrambling to find a lump-sum arrangement. He's been offered a lump sum of more than $400,000, but after taxes he'd only be left with a little more than $200,000.

    Chris Hamrick, a spokesman for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America that runs the Philadelphia hospital, said officials were looking into how they could help.

    Schenk also has turned to his state assemblyman, Joseph Errigo, who plans to co-sponsor a bill to allow the lottery to award a lump sum in extraordinary cases. But a legislative change could take longer than Schenk has.

    "We're incredibly sympathetic," said Susan Miller, deputy director of the New York Lottery. "But we're not able, because of our rules and regulations, to just write him a (lump-sum) check. We're absolutely willing to expedite the paperwork if he can talk to a bank or a company that does this."

    For now, the lifelong smoker whose parents both died of lung cancer in the 1990s drives every few weeks to the VA Medical Center in Syracuse for chemotherapy sessions and is even looking into enlisting in an experimental cancer-drug trial at a hospital in Alberta, Canada.

    "The VA is a very good hospital but the VA works on a hundred different things," said Schenk, who served on a troop ship off Lebanon during a stint in the Marines from 1976 to 1980. "There's newer treatments out there. It takes the government a little time to come around to some of the other ways."

    Schenk, who is unmarried and has no children, bought a tavern on Main Street a year ago after decades of working odd jobs in construction, the highway department and at a nearby ski resort in the hilly Finger Lakes region.

    "You couldn't ask for a better, kinder-hearted guy than Wayne," said a close friend, Dom Gallo, 43. "He'll give that money away and won't try to save his own life."

    Schenk said he's trying to take each day in stride.

    "I haven't given up, but it's getting right down there where time is of the essence," he said. "There's only one way to go and that's up. I've already been down."

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    "We're incredibly sympathetic," said Susan Miller, deputy director of the New York Lottery. "But we're not able, because of our rules and regulations, to just write him a (lump-sum) check. We're absolutely willing to expedite the paperwork if he can talk to a bank or a company that does this."

    Well it looks like he may be being given a reprieve on life by winning the lottery, and maybe a bank will come through on this.

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    That wouldn't be an issue here in Canada where lottery winners are given the full amount, tax free.

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    damn that is bad luck hopefully some one can do a lump sum that is reasonable for him

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze View Post
    That wouldn't be an issue here in Canada where lottery winners are given the full amount, tax free.
    Really? That's interesting to know, I always thought for some reason that it was taxed. Thanks!

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    a lifelong smoker?

    good god, what a waste of a lottery ticket.

    dude: your time is over. donate it to research for sick kids or something, don't waste this money on yourself. you're a lost cause.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    a lifelong smoker?

    good god, what a waste of a lottery ticket.

    dude: your time is over. donate it to research for sick kids or something, don't waste this money on yourself. you're a lost cause.
    Good point. His parents already died from lung cancer in the 90s, he made the choice to continue to smoke, and -OMG- he now has lung cancer. Cancer is one of the worst diseases. But it's even worse when it happens to someone who did nothing to encourage it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze View Post
    That wouldn't be an issue here in Canada where lottery winners are given the full amount, tax free.
    I am moving to Canada! You all have it going on. I love the way your healthcare is worked and now this.

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