One of the brave New York firefighters who rushed to Ground Zero during the 9/11 terror attacks is a millionaire thanks to a winning scratch off ticket. Carmelo Mercado, won $5 million on a $20 “Cash X 100” ticket.

Mercado tells the NY Post, "I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it, to be honest with you. I didn’t sleep for two days after it happened. My mind went totally blank.”

Mercado who was forced to retire from FDNY Battalion 49 after developing lung problems from the 9/11 site, choose to receive a lump sum of $3.3 million after taxes.

It's nice to a lottery jackpot go to someone who truly deserves it.


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