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Long Island dad wins $1 million in lottery for the second time

New York Daily News New York Daily News 11/05/2016 REUVEN BLAU

Luck has struck twice for a construction worker in Long Island.

Bruce Magistro, 48, won a $1 million lottery prize for the second time with A Week for Life scratch-off ticket. He bought the winning ducat April 11 at Mike's Super Citgo.

At first, Magistro couldn't believe he won again.

"There was a glare on the ticket," his son, Matthew, 17, said. "He screamed it! I heard it in my room."

In 2012, his father won $1 million from an Extreme Cash scratch-off ticket.

But most of that money was used to cover medical bills for his wife, Yvonne, who suffered from lung cancer. She passed away two years ago.

Money has been tight ever since.

The family from Lindenhurst, L.I., struggled to pay the bills.

"There was a lot going on with my family," Matthew said. "He wouldn't get much work. There'd be weeks where he'd come home with money and some with no money."

Now, the senior Magistro plans to use the money to pay off his mortgage and to assist his three children.

"He's trying to focus on us more with it," Mathew said.

Still, his dad has no immediate plans to stop working in construction. On Tuesday, he was making repairs on a home in the Hamptons.

"He's done carpentry practically his whole life," Matthew said. "He's very talented at it."

rblau@nydailynews.com

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