A former firefighter who had to retire due to lung ailments suffered as a result of his work in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center has won a huge $5 million jackpot.
Carmelo Mercado only wanted to buy one ticket, but decided to buy another $20 “Cash X 100” ticket on a whim. It was the second ticket which won. He is set to receive a $3.3 million single lump sum payment, net of taxes.
Mercado says 911 caused him to be a risk taker. This time it paid off big time.