Every Friday, 95-year-old Ursula McCafferty has her daughter drive her to her local Stop and Shop in Connecticut, where she buys $30 worth of scratch lottery tickets. It turns out July 29 was McCafferty’s lucky day. She scratched off one ticket and recoiled in shock when she realized she won $30,000.
McCafferty — the mother of five, grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of four — knew what she wanted to buy for herself with her lotto winnings: a new cellphone. She told ABC News:
“I had a little one and it didn’t do anything. I don’t want to be one of these people that has my thumb stuck on my phone all the time but I want to be able to look up the weather and be able to send a photo.”
The new phone was the only splurge McCafferty — a retired postmaster, avid painter and published book author — made on herself with the lotto winnings. She told Today.
“The first thing I’m doing with this money, I put it right in [a] trust so that each one of my children is going to get money from me. I’m 95 and there’s not a hell of a lot more I can keep doing with it.”
McCafferty is giving her daughter — Kathleen McKay, who gives her rides to purchase her weekly lottery tickets — an extra $1,000 above the $2,000 she plans on doling out to her other four children.
She added: “[McKay] takes me to my doctor appointments so she was well worth an extra thousand, and her siblings will agree.”
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