The hero of 9/11 wins $5 million in the lottery

Thursday 13 September, 2018


firefighters at collapsed WTC ground zero

A firefighter who took part in the search for missing people after the collapse of the WTC skyscrapers in New York, is on forced retirement because of his health condition. He recently bought a few lottery tickets, and fate paid him back for his heroism - he won $5 million.

Carmelo Mercado (63) was a member of the fire brigade no. 49 from New York. He was one of the first and most heroic people who fought against the effects of the collapse of the well-known trade center. It ended with a lung disease caused by long hours of work on the dusty rubble of once the tallest buildings in the world. His state of health caused his retirement, and he was covered by medical protection (from funds for firefighters, police officers and others) after the attack. He got a pension of 91 thousand dollars a year.

He did not lack much to live, but fate smiled at him either way. He once bought a CashX100 scratch card for $20. It was the second play card he had ever purchased, and he was the one who won big money. That caused him a great shock and sleepless two nights. How many people at that moment couldn't believe what happened? Because in the US the reward is the size of the prize depending on the type of withdrawal, Mercado was left with only $3.3 million because he had chose a one-time payment. The entire amount of $5 million can only be obtained if you accept an annual payment. He has three children, so he will have no problem with distributing the funds.