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Doorman who won $5 million lottery pot is battling lung cancer

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He became New York City's most famous doorman when he won a $5 million lottery jackpot.

Now he's fighting to live.

Lotto winner Richie Randazzo has been battling lung cancer for the past six months, and is taking another gamble by forgoing surgery.

"It's the luck of the draw," Randazzo, 49, told The Post from his home in Gravesend, Brooklyn. "This time I crapped out, but that's OK. I woke up the next day, and I've been waking up ever since.

"You can't keep an Avenue U boy down too long."

The wisecracking Brooklynite became famous in 2008 after a lucky Set for Life scratch-off propelled him from Park Avenue porter to headline-grabbing millionaire.

(See Lottery win opens doors for N.Y. doorman, Lottery Post, June 16, 2008.)

Soon after cashing in his ticket, Randazzo was partying with Swedish model Sabina Johansson — who was charged with promoting prostitution — and playing the odds with his prize money in Atlantic City and at Aqueduct.

But this year, his health bottomed out. Chest pains sent him to the hospital, where doctors found a tumor outside his lung.

His surgeon tried unsuccessfully to remove the mass three months ago, and Richie has decided against further surgery.

Randazzo, who broke out a cigar to celebrate when he won, says he finished a round of radiation and chemotherapy.

"No matter how much money you have, you can't control your health," he said. "If you get sick, all the money in the world can't help you."

For the last five years he has enjoyed his early retirement and lived in his boyhood home-turned-bachelor pad.

It's a far cry from the 1980s, when he was drug-addled and homeless before entering rehab and snagging his $40,000-a-year doorman job.

He spends his time jaunting to West Virginia, Puerto Rico and Atlantic City, fishing in Sheepshead Bay and dining at Brooklyn spots Di Fara, Peter Luger's and Spumoni Gardens.

He bought a $100,000 Jaguar, a shiny red Cadillac convertible and a Lexus for his parents. He wrote a single $10,000 check to one girlfriend in need.

Randazzo's lottery payout — which he is taking in installments — comes to $12,000 a month after taxes. He says his nearly $250,000 annuity would go to his next of kin — his parents — if he kicks the bucket.

Still, the gambler is searching for his queens of hearts.

He was dumped by his girlfriend of 1 1/2 years following his cancer diagnosis, he said.

"I'd love to find a good woman to travel with," Randazzo said. "I need somebody to show me how to work a computer. I need to catch up and get to the 21st century."

He says he's looking for a woman with beauty and brains before he turns 50 next March.

"Things are always going to change," he said. "When you're on a losing streak, you have to start winning."

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VIDEO: Richie Randazzo on FOX News's "Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld"

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Thanks to Lottaballz for the tip.

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Jon D's avatar - calotterylogo
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Posted: August 12, 2013, 7:58 am - IP Logged

If you don't have your health...then you don't have anything.

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    Posted: August 12, 2013, 9:20 am - IP Logged

    If you don't have your health...then you don't have anything.

    True.I had a stroke in 209 and haven't recovered from it,yet.Probably never will.But it doesn't keep me from trying to win a jackpot.Money can't buy everything but it can keep the wolf away from your door and let you live in comfort without money worries.

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      Posted: August 12, 2013, 9:27 am - IP Logged

      NY now offers lump sum. They should give him all his money so he can go on a spending spree or just give it away.

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        Posted: August 12, 2013, 9:41 am - IP Logged

        NY now offers lump sum. They should give him all his money so he can go on a spending spree or just give it away.

        For those stuck in an annuity, there are 3rd party companies that can buy out your annuity and give you a lump sum. Then you can go on a Bucket List trip!

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          Posted: August 12, 2013, 9:46 am - IP Logged

          NY now offers lump sum. They should give him all his money so he can go on a spending spree or just give it away.

          I Agree!

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            Posted: August 12, 2013, 10:37 am - IP Logged

            How sad for him to have been dealt such a bad hand after that lucky win. First getting cancer that's not responding to treatment and then his girlfriend leaves him. Despite that, he has an admirable positive outlook. I wish him well.


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              Posted: August 12, 2013, 10:46 am - IP Logged

              Best wishes, and get better soon.

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                Posted: August 12, 2013, 11:06 am - IP Logged

                True.I had a stroke in 209 and haven't recovered from it,yet.Probably never will.But it doesn't keep me from trying to win a jackpot.Money can't buy everything but it can keep the wolf away from your door and let you live in comfort without money worries.

                I wish you well in all you do Cletus.Same goes for the doorman- l guess when you have had enough of doctors probing around in your chest that could well be a sign that you getting your bucket list together.
                At least this guy knows how to party...can't fault him there.

                Party

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                  Posted: August 12, 2013, 11:11 am - IP Logged

                  I remember seeing him on TLC LCML his was so funny on his episode. Best wishes.

                  Win BIG everyone....White Bounce

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                    Posted: August 12, 2013, 11:15 am - IP Logged

                    Sorry to hear that Cletus, wishing you well on your recovery Thumbs Up

                    Win BIG everyone....White Bounce

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                      Posted: August 12, 2013, 11:51 am - IP Logged

                      I wish you well in all you do Cletus.Same goes for the doorman- l guess when you have had enough of doctors probing around in your chest that could well be a sign that you getting your bucket list together.
                      At least this guy knows how to party...can't fault him there.

                      Party

                      Yeah I had a light stroke.I had to learn how to walk and talk all over again.Stil can't walk more than about two blocks without stopping to rest for quite awhile.Could be worse,though.Lots of people end up bedridden after having a stroke.Lots of people die from strokes,too.

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                        Posted: August 12, 2013, 11:52 am - IP Logged

                        Sorry to hear that Cletus, wishing you well on your recovery Thumbs Up

                        Thanks,dcf!

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                          Posted: August 12, 2013, 12:09 pm - IP Logged

                          This story shows just how small the community of lottery jackpot winners is nation wise. Just mention one of them and they are remembered by many as if they were once a neighbor or at least lived in the their town.

                          I wish Richie Randazzo the best with his health problems.

                          * Thoses who can, do * 
                          * thoses who can't, just talk *
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                            Posted: August 12, 2013, 12:28 pm - IP Logged

                            True.I had a stroke in 209 and haven't recovered from it,yet.Probably never will.But it doesn't keep me from trying to win a jackpot.Money can't buy everything but it can keep the wolf away from your door and let you live in comfort without money worries.

                            Wishing you a quicker recovery, and a huge pile of $$CASH$$ in your bank account.