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New York landscaper strikes it rich

NEW YORK (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - For a New York landscaper, a day on the job brought a life-changing moment.

In October of last year, Marvin Martinez found a scratch-off lottery ticket in a pile of leaves.

It turns out the ticket was worth $1 million.

But Martinez couldn't prove to lottery officials that he was the rightful owner of the soggy ticket.

So, by New York Lottery rules, he had to wait a year to claim his prize.

On Saturday, he finally took home his cash payout of $779,000.